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.

ProGMA of MHI Presents: The Purpose of Pedestrian and Traffic Barriers
If we have learned anything from this past year, it’s that people need to feel safe to be productive. Protecting people in their workplace has never been more important than it is today. In industrial environments, a large part of protecting people involves keeping people and machines safely separated.

The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) represents established safeguarding manufacturers with proven solutions that are “Safer by Design”. ProGMA has created this webinar to educate you on the purpose of Pedestrian Traffic Barriers, the safety regulations, and guidelines for their use, introduce you to the new testing standards, and present some real-world applications and solutions. Join us to learn how to keep pedestrians safe and prevent unintentional interactions between people and machines.

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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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ANSI MH31.2-2021 Test for Crash Testing Industrial Guardrail

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ANSI MH31.1 Steel Mesh Containment Panels Performance/Testing

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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%.

Rachel Wolter, Western Illinois University
The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic term has been awarded to Rachel Wolter, a rising senior at Western Illinois University.

Rachel is pursuing a Supply Chain Management degree. She is Treasurer of the Student Government Association and President of the Western Illinois University Women in Business organization. She actual won the ProGMA Honor Scholarship last year. Rachel has interned at Phibro Animal Health Corporation where she has worked with the logistics of the company, tracked weekly metrics of shipments and freight and purchasing inventory for the warehouses. Rachel attended the MHI Annual Conference last year, and she plans to enter the material handling or supply chain workforce after graduation.

Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
MHI Leadership Program 2/3/2022 5/26/2022 MHI Virtual
Webinar: MHI & WERC Member Webinar Series presents Venator Sales Group "Recruiting the Next Generation of Territory Sales Reps." 2/16/2022 2/16/2022 MHI Virtual
MODEX 2022 3/28/2022 3/31/2022 MHI Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
2022 Spring Meeting 5/2/2022 5/4/2022 MHI Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
2022 Strategic Planning Meeting 7/26/2022 7/29/2022 MHI Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
2022 MHI Annual Conference 10/2/2022 10/5/2022 MHI JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, TX
2023 Roundtable of Industry Leaders 1/20/2023 1/22/2023 MHI The Don Cesar
St. Pete Beach, FL
ProMat 2023 3/20/2023 3/23/2023 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
2023 Spring Meeting 5/21/2023 5/24/2023 MHI Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
2023 MHI Annual Conference 10/1/2023 10/4/2023 MHI Diplomat Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL
MODEX 2024 3/11/2024 3/14/2024 MHI Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
2024 Spring Meeting 5/19/2024 5/22/2024 MHI Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
2024 MHI Annual Conference 10/13/2024 10/16/2024 MHI JW Marriott Marco Island
Marco Island, FL
ProMat 2025 3/17/2025 3/20/2025 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

ProGMA Managing Executive

Anna Harreveld



Ray Niemeyer
SpaceGuard Products, Inc.

Vice Chair
Ken Parrott
SlowStop Guarding Systems, LLC

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