Safety barriers are physical partitions that prevent injury and accidents in industrial applications. They keep employees and personnel away from hazardous and dangerous machinery, control traffic and keep vehicles out of certain areas. They enclose automated and robotic systems and heavy machinery that could cause injury, as well as shelving systems and racks.
Safety barriers act as both physical and visual barriers, preventing as well as warning workers of danger. They are mostly used in factories, plants, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, and may be used both indoors and out. Wherever a machine containing dangerous parts, such as cutting teeth, rotating parts or a moving belt is, a machine guard should be as well. They are usually permanent constructions, but may be relocated if necessary. By restricting the movement of people and vehicles through controlled spaces, costly and deadly accidents are prevented, ensuring a more safe work environment. All safety barriers must be OSHA inspected and approved before use to guarantee they meet the strict safety standards that are legally enforced. Safety barriers include gates, fencing, railings and barricades, which are usually made out of metals like steel, iron or aluminum, or temperature and chemically resistant plastic materials. They must be strong, durable and have high impact strength. Safety barriers come in many different shapes and sizes, but are often painted bright colors like yellow, orange and red so they are easy to see.