Machinery risk assessment

Industrial Machinery

Risk Assessments

Our consultant holds the Certified Machinery Safety Expert certification (CMSE) and over the years has risk assessed a wide variety of machines, from small desk top sized equipment through to large paper mills, from the design stage to assessing the physical machine.

Specialists in

Paper making machine

How we can help you

We assess your machinery for all potential hazards and dangers, ensuring you meet your legal requirements and machinery safety standards. 

Using our own reporting software, allows us to compile our findings from the assessment of the machinery. Where non-compliance's are found, guidance and support is given to the client on how to rectify the issues to meet the requirements of the standards and legislation. Our risk assessment methodology is compatible with the international safety standard EN ISO 12100.

The reports we issue have specifically been designed to be easy to understand and user friendly. If there is something you do not understand, we are always at the end of the phone to answer your queries.

When was the last time your machinery was risk assessed?

Have you got machinery that needs risk assessing?

Do you need a machinery safety audit to check it is compliant? 

What is a machinery 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 CE marking process of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. 

EN ISO 12100 isn't the only document that will be referenced through the risk assessment process. There are quite literally hundreds of standards that can be used to give guidance and support to understand whether a machine is safe and compliant.

There are two key regulations that require end users of machinery to put in place suitable and sufficient risk assessments. These are; The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Assessments carried out under these regulations will need to be produced to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the event of an incident.

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

Manufacturing plant, conveyor system
Guarding compliance, paper machine

When should a machinery risk assessment be carried out?

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

  • New equipment or machinery

  • Alterations or modifications to equipment and machinery 

  • When new procedures are introduced

  • In advance of every new activity or event

Don't forget about review periods. Again there are no set timescales on this, but the employers should periodically review the assessment and if necessary, re-assess any controls that are currently in place to ensure they remain effective.

A few examples of when you may need to review your risk assessments are:

  • After any significant change within the workplace or process in question

  • After an accident or ill-health incident has occurred

  • After near-misses have been reported.

What is involved in a machinery risk assessment?

A few examples that need to be considered when assessing the machine include;

  • Machine guarding including the type and relative dimensions

  • Interlocking inspections

  • Inspection of the safety related control system and determination of the safety criteria

  • Thermal hazards

  • If the machine produces high levels of noise above the threshold limits

  • Any specific hazards associated with the machine 

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Cobots and Machinery Safety Ltd

Corby Northamptonshire

Company number: 12096383  

VAT number: 326 9063 93 

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