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Machinery
Risk Assessments

Certified Machinery Safety Expert ®

The What, The Why and The When?

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What is a risk assessment?
 

The risk assessment process for machinery should follow the guidance found in the international safety standard EN ISO 12100 Safety of machinery - General principles for design - Risk assessment and risk reduction.

 

There is a legal requirement for machine manufacturers, system integrators, anyone who modifies machinery or those who build their own machinery to conduct a risk assessment as part of the design, build or modification of machinery.

 

The risk assessment is one of the key documents used to assist with the overall UKCA / CE marking process.

How we can help you

We work with you to understand your machinery and offer guidance and support on how to achieve compliance.

 

Our risk assessment process includes: 

  • Inspecting your machinery / equipment in accordance with the applicable standards

  • Highlighting and assessing any hazards

  • Estimating the level of risk associated with the hazards

  • Recommending how to reduce the risk to a sufficient level

  • Continued advice and support 

Why are risk assessments important?

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As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees from harm.

 

You must, Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999;

  • Identify what could cause injury or illness in your business 

  • Decide how likely it is that someone could be harmed and how seriously

  • Take action to eliminate the hazard, or if this isn’t possible, control/reduce the risk

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When should you do a risk assessment?

There are no set time-scales for how often a risk assessment should be carried out, but a few key times to consider are:​

  • New equipment or machinery

  • Alterations or modifications 

  • When new procedures are introduced

  • In advance of every new activity or event

Don't forget about review periods!

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