The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of fixed protective guarding products designed to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory in industrial facilities.

Disaster Avoidance
You have undoubtedly seen at least one of the extraordinary videos that come up when searching “Pallet rack collapse” or “Forklift and rack accident” on the internet; entire rows of storage rack and their contents spread in every direction causing injuries/fatalities and costly damage to product and facilities. They interrupt the operation for days, maybe weeks. Can you imagine if in those videos, the structure included an elevated work platform with additional personnel and more products above? Similar accidents cost global distribution and manufacturing companies billions per year. There may be things you were not even aware are hazards in your facility. The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) represents established safeguarding manufacturers with proven solutions that are “Safer by Design”. ProGMA has created this webinar to ensure you have the correct guarding in place from top to bottom of your elevated work platforms and vertical storage systems so you don’t end up as a statistic… or a YouTube sensation.

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Steel Mesh Containment Panels Used in Pallet Rack and Vertical Storage System Applications: Performance and Testing Requirements

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Obstacles to Safety / Observations from the Outside
Paul Sarafini, an industrial health and safety professional with over 20 years of experience offers the perspective of an industry professional who sees first-hand what motivates users to invest in guarding safety – and what factors cause them to table or delay those investments. This presentation speaks to the challenges and opportunities companies face when trying to motivate reluctant users to understand the cost of non-compliance, to meet their obligations to employees and visitors.

Paul spent 13 years at Integrated Loss Control, Inc. and the past 8 at the University of Minnesota as the Occupational Health & Safety Compliance Specialist. He has created safety and health programs for clients in a wide variety of industries. Paul has conducted administrative program reviews, hazard recognition inspections, program development and employee/supervisor training. Paul is EPA-authorized for Worker Protection Standard training and OSHA-authorized as an Outreach Trainer.

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Latest ProGMA Video Highlights Loading Dock Hazards
The latest video titled, 'Prevent Accidents and Injuries Near Loading Docks / Doors', focuses on the busiest and most dangerous area of a facility.

ProGMA Releases New Videos on Protective Guarding
The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA), a product group within trade association MHI, has added new videos to it’s series of educational videos about the importance of protective guarding products in the material handling industry.

ProGMA Launches Educational Video Series About Protective Guarding


OSHA Announces Changes to Penalty Structure
Staring August 2, 2016 all OSHA penalties (fines) will increase by 78%.

Ryan Quinnett, Iowa State University
The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. has awarded the $1,500 Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship to Ryan Quinnett at Iowa State University. Ryan is a rising senior majoring in Supply Chain Management with a concentration in International Business. He has interned at TMC Transportation where he learned about the logistics/trucking industry, and he learned the important skill of negotiation when dealing with the various trucking companies. This summer, Ryan will intern at Greenlee Textron as a supply chain intern working on process optimization. After graduation, he plans to enter the workforce.

Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
2020 MHI Annual Conference 10/11/2020 10/14/2020 MHI Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Orlando, FL
ProMat 2021 4/12/2021 4/15/2021 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

ProGMA Managing Executive

Anna Harreveld



Aaron Conway
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.

Vice Chair
Ray Niemeyer
SpaceGuard Products, Inc.

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