Machine Safeguarding Seminar

Course Price: $995.00$1,095.00 /

Please submit a separate form for each attendee.

Attention: Seminar pricing is increased starting January 2022, new price: $1,095


Product Description

As your trusted machine safety advisor, Rockford Systems has provided a 2.5-day Machine Safeguarding Seminar for over 30 years. Roger Harrison, Director of Training, will provide the same comprehensive material in an online format that is broken down into five two-hour classes, scheduled one per day for a week. This modified format will allow professionals to learn advanced topics in machine safeguarding in daily bite-sized segments. The online classes will be interactive, allowing participants the opportunity to ask questions. Hands-on demonstrations on working machines will reinforce the training, shown in a video format during the online training.

Online Seminars held on Zoom:
• November 15-19, 2021
• December 6-10, 2021
• January 17-21, 2022
• February 14-18, 2022
• March 7-11, 2022
• April 18-22, 2022
• May 9-13, 2022
• June 13-17, 2022
• July 11-15, 2022
• August 15-19, 2022
• September 12-16, 2022
• October 17-21, 2022
• November 7-10, 2022
• December 5-9, 2022

9:00 am to 11:00 am CT daily
Course Certificate provided via email upon successful completion of course

In-Person Seminars held at Rockford System’s Training Center in Rockford, Illinois:
• March 23-24, 2022
• June 22-23, 2022
• More dates to be determined.

After registration, Rockford Systems will email information on course details.

For many years, Rockford Systems has been educating corporations throughout the world on machine safeguarding. Every year, hundreds of people attend these seminars from aerospace, automotive, agriculture, consulting, government, insurance, manufacturing, metal fabrication, oil and gas, and many other industries. Attendees include EH&S safety professionals, plant managers, maintenance and engineering personnel, safety specialists, loss-control engineers, risk management personnel, safety consultants and academics.

Training Goals

  • Understand how to safeguard your machines to meet the standards and best safety practices
  • Determine the best types of safeguards for your applications and production requirements
  • Learn what OSHA compliance officers and insurance loss control engineers look for during inspections
  • Gain insights on how to incorporate ergonomics into your safeguarding methods
  • Obtain safeguarding resources which can be used after the seminar

Seminar Overview

According to safety standards, when a machine creates a hazard to operators and other employees in the machine area, it must be safeguarded. Rockford Systems offers a machine safeguarding seminar to teach people in positions of responsibility how to safeguard the point of operation and other machine hazards to meet these safety standards. This 2.5-day seminar explains how to interpret the performance language of both OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) B11-series standards. Specific machine safeguarding situations are also discussed. Another section of the machine safeguarding seminar provides basic safeguarding guidelines for other metalworking machines using the ANSI B11-series safety standards. Please see the Detailed Seminar Agenda for more information.

At Our Location

Rockford Systems machine safeguarding seminars combine classroom discussion with demonstrations of a variety metal fabrication machines under power for demonstration purposes. Most of these machines (including power presses, press brakes, an engine lathe, a Bridgeport drill, a drill press, a grinder, spot welders and a riveter) are equipped with more than one type of safeguarding product so that attendees can see how different guards and devices can be applied and used. Hands-on experience with these machines and visual aids, including slides and videos, are also used. These teaching methods enable the participants to interpret the OSHA regulations and ANSI standards as they relate to their specific machine applications and production requirements. We can also conduct customized seminars at our Training Center for your group or company.

Rockford Systems offers Machine Safeguarding Seminars at our Rockford Systems Training Center in Rockford, Illinois (150,000 population), approximately 75 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Approx 70-mile drive NW to Rockford Training Center
Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) – Approx 85-mile drive NW to Rockford Training Center
Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) – Approx 85-mile drive SW to Rockford Training Center

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Training Center Address:
Rockford Systems, 5795 Logistics Parkway, Rockford, Illinois 61109

At Your Location

In addition, machine safeguarding seminars can be presented at your company and tailored to the types of machines found at your plant. The instructor can review your videotape of your equipment and view specific operations to better understand your machine safeguarding issues prior to the seminar. Please contact our training department at 1-800-922-7533 for more information.


The seminars are led by Roger Harrison, an industrial safeguarding expert with over 25,000 hours of training experience. Mr. Harrison is also a speaker at seminars sponsored by the Precision MetalForming Association (PMA) and American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Through his teaching methods participants will learn to interpret the OSHA 29 CFR and ANSI B-11 standards as they relate to specific machine applications and production requirements. Assisting Mr. Harrison is Matthew Clutter, who has 16 years of experience conducting machine assessments throughout the US.

Past Seminar Attendees

Past seminar attendees have included: A.O. Smith, Alcoa, Arizona State University, Ball Corporation, Boeing, Borg Warner, Briggs & Stratton, CNA Insurance, Caterpillar, Coleman Outdoor Products, ConAgra Foods, Delco Remy, Dexter Axle, Eaton Corp, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, General Electric, General Motors, Georgia Tech, GKN Aerospace, Goodrich UTC Aerospace, Harley Davidson, Herman Miller, Hill-Rom, Honda, Honeywell, J.I. Case, John Deere, Lazy Boy, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lippert Components, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Martin Marietta, Monroe Auto Equipment, Motorola, Nationwide Insurance, Navistar, Otis Elevator, Pratt Whitney, Purdue University, Rockwell Automation, Samsonite, Skorsky Aircraft, Square D, Stanley Bostitch, Steelcase, Stoughton Trailer, Sub Zero Freezer, Textron Gulf & Turf, Travelers Insurance, True Manufacturing, TRW, UT Automotive, Whirlpool, Zurich Insurance and many more.

Schedule & Times

2020-2021 In-Person Seminar Schedule:
• March 23-24, 2022
• June 22-23, 2022

In-Person Seminar Times:
Day 1: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CST

These dates are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond our control.


Class sizes are limited to 20 (50% capacity during COVID-19 period) per session and fill up quickly. Please fill out the online registration form above, email or call 1-800-922-7533 for more information.

COVID-19 Protocols

Rockford Systems appreciates your business and your trust in us as your preferred training partner. In response to the ever-developing uncertainties the Coronavirus pandemic has created, Rockford Systems will do its utmost to accommodate the wellbeing of both your employees and our instructors. With this in mind there are some safety protocols we have recently implemented for the duration of this pandemic.

COVID related cancellation clause
Rockford Systems will permit the cancellation of a training class, or may cancel the training class with little or no advanced notice due to Coronavirus related causes. Cancellations initiated by the customer or Rockford Systems will entitle the customer to a full refund of deposit. Neither party will be subject to penalties or associated claims from the other, nor for losses or for 3rd party related costs. Any and all training materials shipped in advance of the scheduled class shall be returned to Rockford Systems for subsequent full reimbursement.

Classes conducted at Customer Sites and off-campus locations
In addition to site safety requirements, attendees are required to get a daily forehead-scanner temperature check, wear masks while not eating or drinking, and limit their physical presence to the training areas. Attendees who are showing signs of ill-health as determined by the instructor may be asked to leave. If listed in the proposal, Rockford Systems quote includes our GermBlock™ shields which limit airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking from reaching a nearby person, therefore helping to mitigate possible COVID-19 infection. All surfaces and equipment are to be sanitized daily.

Classes conducted at Rockford Systems
Class sizes are restricted to comply with both current Illinois gathering tier mitigation requirements, and to allow for greater than 6-foot social distancing between participants. The instructor will follow best safety practices including either a mask or a face shield while training. Attendees are required to have a daily forehead-scanner temperature check, wear masks while not eating or drinking, and limit their physical presence in the building to the training areas. All surfaces and equipment are sanitized daily. Attendees are free to use our 3-sided GermBlock™ shields which limit airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking from reaching a nearby person, therefore helping to mitigate possible COVID-19 infection.


For reservations that need to be changed to a different date, please contact us to reschedule. All cancellations will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee (WAIVED DURING COVID-19 PERIOD).

2021 Training Schedule:

2022 Training Schedule: