Procter Machine Safety Updates ‘On Your Guard’ Free Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards


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Procter Machine Safety has published a new edition of its popular free guide to machinery guarding standards. The 13th edition of ‘On Your Guard’ includes important changes to machine guarding standards since the 12th edition was published in March 2018, plus updated accident statistics from the HSE.

Procter Machine Safety has published an updated free guide to machinery guarding standards.

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As before, this new edition of the guide is available free of charge as a PDF from the downloads section Procter Machine Safety website. It will be helpful for machine designers, specifiers of machinery and machine guarding, as well as anyone modifying or upgrading guarding on existing plant and equipment. Moreover, the list of standards is far broader than machine guarding, covering all aspects of machinery safety from control systems and electrical equipment through to ergonomics and noise emissions. If you have a previous edition of the guide you should download the new version to check the current list of standards.

At the start of the guide, there are updated statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for fatalities and injuries. Inside, the extensive tables of A-type, B-type and C-type standards and other documents have been brought up to date. For example, the 13th edition of the guide includes the 2018 version of BS EN 60204-1 and the new standard for machine tool safety, BS EN ISO 16090-1. In total over 100 standards and other documents are listed.

The updated and redesigned machine safety guide still contains important background information about current health and safety regulations, the UK’s Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and their relationship with the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, together with the Directive’s requirements in terms of CE marking machinery and machine guards. Risk assessment and risk reduction are also covered, and there is practical advice on designing machine guards to comply with the applicable standards. Other topics discussed are materials of construction, lighting, noise reduction, fasteners, safety distances and ergonomics.

This latest edition of ‘On Your Guard – A Designer’s Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards’ is written by Steve Allen CMSE, who is a Member of BSI Standards Committee MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery) and National Sales Manager at Procter Machine Safety. He has been involved with machine guarding for over 25 years and has an internationally recognised qualification as a Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD). Steve Allen has the benefit of both a detailed knowledge of machinery safety standards and many years’ experience of their practical application.

If you are responsible for specifying, designing, installing or maintaining machine guards, whatever the nature of the machine, the latest edition of this guide to machinery guarding standards is essential reading. Get your PDF copy from the website, or request one by telephoning 02920 855758 or emailing

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