Machinery risk assessment

 Risk Assessments

 Certified Machinery 

Safety Expert - CMSE® 

Machinery

What makes us different?

We understand that consistency and familiarity is important to you and that is why we guarantee you the same safety consultant throughout the whole of your project. 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. 

Assessing your machinery for all potential hazards and dangers, we ensure you meet your legal requirements and the machinery safety standards. Our consultant is a Certified Machinery Safety Expert - CMSE® (accredited by TUV Nord) and has worked within the industry for over 20 years.

Don't worry, if non-compliances are found, we guide and support you on how to rectify the issues to ensure you meet the requirements of the standards and legislation. Our risk assessment methodology is compatible with the international safety standard EN ISO 12100 and our reports have been designed to be easy to understand. 

Get in contact with us today and let us answer any questions and queries you may have, offer some advice on the best way to move forward and if needed we can arrange a site visit to further discuss your requirements.

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

These are:

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 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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