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The What, The Why and The When?
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?
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
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!