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.
Mission: ProGMA promotes safety, security, and guarding for people, products, and facilities. ProGMA educates about protective barrier and guarding solutions through industry standards and best practices.
To be the authoritative resource for the best practices, standards, and applications of protective barrier, guarding solutions and associated technologies for industrial facilities.
Protective Guarding Manufacturing Association member companies meet regularly to review and discuss industrial safety hazards and to promote specific guarding solutions for people, products, and facilities. ProGMA programs include:
Protective Guarding is a fixed barrier or device, used in manufacturing, distribution, and other industrial facilities to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory from hazards present in the workplace. Protective Guarding items range from fixed objects installed around articulating equipment, machinery, or material storage areas such as safety fence, netting, guard rail, and bollards to specialized switches designed to stop machine operation as well as safeguarding through visual or auditory aids.
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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If you have further questions, please reach out to Anna Harreveld, ProGMA Managing Executive at aharreveld[at]mhi[dot]org.
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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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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.
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.
OSHA Announces Changes to Penalty Structure
Staring August 2, 2016 all OSHA penalties (fines) will increase by 78%.
Pamela Bolis, Indiana University
The ProGMA Honor Scholarship has been awarded to Pamela Bolis, a junior Supply Chain Management student at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She currently serves as VP of Corporate Relations for the Supply Chain and Operations Management Association at her school. She is also a member of the women’s soccer team. She has interned at Fresenius Kabi, a German-based pharmaceutical company where she ensured data integrity for purchase proposals and collaborated with both the production unit and market unit to improve overall supply chain metrics. Pamela plans to enter the workforce after graduation.
Mia Saade, Virginia Tech
The ProGMA Honor Scholarship has been awarded to Mia Saade, a senior Industrial Engineering student at Virginia Tech. She is passionate about processes and technologies that promise to improve the wellbeing of people. She speaks three languages - French, Arabic, and English. She is currently studying Spanish and hopes to study Mandarin soon. Last summer she interned at Danone North America where she assisted in the optimization of factory processes. She will have a similar internship this summer at Merck. Mia plans to join the workforce after graduation.
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SlowStop Guarding Systems, LLC