Machinery Guarding Compliance
All machinery guards designed and manufactured or assembled by Procter come with a Declaration of Conformity, providing customers with a legally binding assurance that their guards comply as necessary with current machine safety standards and Regulations.
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Machine guards now need to be CE marked because they are classified as safety components and therefore fall within the scope of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Depending on the circumstances, guards will be supplied with a Declaration of the Conformity and they may or may not be CE marked. To provide clarity on this subject, Procter Machine Guarding has published a free White Paper about the CE marking of machine guards to the Machinery Directive. Copies of this are available from the Machine Safety Guides Free Downloads section of the website.
For machinery users who are concerned that their machines may not be fully compliant with the latest safety requirements Procter Machine Guarding is offering a free Machine Guarding Compliance Survey, for standalone machinery and assemblies of machines. Inadequate machine guarding is a significant cause of workplace injuries - as so often illustrated by HSE accident investigation reports that show an unsatisfactory standard of guarding and an over-reliance on systems of work and the 'skill' of operators as the principal means of risk reduction.
Here in the UK machinery safety is covered mainly by 'The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998' (PUWER 98). These Regulations require that risks from machinery are controlled by engineering means where it is practicable to do so (regulation 11); that is to say by providing suitable guards, protection devices, warning devices and system control devices such as emergency stop buttons. In all circumstances these safeguards must be properly maintained (regulation 5) and appropriate information, training, instruction and supervision must be provided.
A suitable and sufficient risk assessment must be undertake to ensure compliance with PUWER and other statutory health and safety Regulations. The assessment should identify clearly the hazards present and then establish the measures necessary to control the risks and hence satisfy the relevant legal requirements.
As a first step to ensuring compliance with statutory health and safety Regulations such as PUWER, we are offering a FREE service to organisations that operate potentially hazardous machinery. After an initial telephone consultation, our experienced safety engineers can make an appointment to visit manufacturers' premises and assess the machinery safeguards.
For smaller workshop type machinery, the make and model of the machine or a picture will often be enough for us to recommend the level of protection that should be in place
As part of the free survey, our safety engineers provide a short written report that identifies areas of non-compliance to the appropriate standards and actions that can be taken to reduce risk, improve safety and comply with the Regulations. Importantly, we can also carry out any work necessary to make the machinery compliant.