Machinery risk assessment

Machinery Risk Assessments

 Certified Machinery 

Safety Expert - CMSE® 

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This ensures you get the same level of service on every visit, the same friendly voice at the end of the phone and allows us to build life long relationships with you and your team. 

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 CE marking process.

There are two key regulations that require end users of machinery to put in place suitable and sufficient risk assessments. 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

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 key times to consider:​

  • 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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