A Beginner's Guide To Machine Safety
Post By: Tom Rowse On: 27-07-2020
Machine safety is a complex and evolving subject, with constant changes required to keep up with the demands of new technology. These changes extend to the safety regulations incorporated in the various British, European...
Safety In Industry 4.0
Post By: Ryan King On: 24-07-2020
Safety in the modern workplace demands a fluid learning curve, where continuing technological advances require constant updating of safeguards and safety procedures...
10 Things You Need To Know About Machine Safety
Post By: Tom Rowse On: 21-07-2020
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidelines for machine safety, and there are also stringent standards in place governed by both British and International Standards...
How Is COVID-19 Impacting Manufacturing?
Post By: Ryan King On: 12-05-2020
COVID-19 is the biggest crisis to have struck humanity since WW2. As the virus has wrought its devastation, we at Rowse have been considering how COVID-19 is impacting the manufacturing industry particularly. ..
Designing Safe Pneumatic Systems
Post By: Tom Rowse On: 03-04-2020
The design and construction of machinery always has two objects in mind, apart from its obvious functionality. The first is that anyone operating the machine should be protected from any accidental injury as a result of its malfunction...
Get More Safety Content From Rowse Straight To Your Inbox
Wherever there are machines in the workplace and people to operate them, safety will always be of prime importance. Whether it's designing safeguards or implementing a code of behaviour for employees, preventing accidents at work is an employer's first responsibility. Moving machinery can cause a frightening number and type of injuries, including cuts and burns, blunt force trauma, crushing and abrasion, trapping between moving machine components, stabbing, severed body parts and even death. Even using a machine in the wrong way can lead to lesser problems like repetitive strain injury and bad posture.
What Is Machine Safety?
When installing and operating any workplace equipment, the government's Health and Safety Executive recommends that the following should be considered:
Machines must be complete, free from defects and with all necessary safeguards fitted, which the supplier is legally obliged to provide (such as locks, hand guards, etc). Safeguards must be properly designed to prevent injury and not invite misuse or bypass.
Buyers must also be informed of any residual risks, and a safe system for use and maintenance of the machine must be set up to avoid them. Machines must be safe for all necessary work, including repair or maintenance, at any time during their life cycle.
The right machine must be provided for the required job, and machines not be accessible to any non-authorised personnel. Static machines must be properly installed and stable (typically fixed down).
Machines must always be properly switched off, locked off or isolated before any repair, adjustment or maintenance is carried out, including power supplies.
Machine safety in the UK is governed by regulations that assure the safety of any people who are operating or working around machinery. Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, assessments can be made to ensure that all work equipment is functioning in accordance with predetermined safety checks. This includes any appliances, apparatus, tools, machinery or installation in the workplace. The scope of these regulations is very broad, since it not only includes any item provided by employees for their own use, but also covers all equipment-related activities, including starting, stopping, setting, programming, maintaining, modifying, servicing, repairing, cleaning and transporting.
How Can Rowse Help?
Rowse are authorised machine safety experts. We can provide full PUWER Assessments with a detailed report on completion, together with our safety recommendations. We have staff accredited with the CMSE® qualification (Certified Machinery Safety Expert, as certified by TÜV Nord), and we are always on hand for advice.