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Don't be caught out! Guard your machinery and prevent an incident! Here are five legal requirements you MUST adhere to with machine guarding

by , 13 August 2015
Guarding relevant parts of your machinery is extremely important for health and safety purposes. Failing to do so can very easily lead to an incident in which one of your employees is seriously injured. This can cost you a huge amount of money! So don't be caught out. Here are five legal requirements you must comply with...

1. Safeguarding of machinery

Use the machine for what it's made for. Protect the machines that your employees can reach with fencing, insulation etc. Ensure that your guarding is made from good-quality materials. Where machinery is a danger to people, make sure that it is enclosed when it is not being attended to or operated. 

2. Operating machinery

All those who operate the machine must be fully aware of the dangers and how to prevent them. No one may leave the machine unattended unless they are replaced by another competent person. If the machine poses danger to anyone, it must be shut down.

3. Devices to stop and start machinery

All machines must have devices to stop and start it. They must prevent the machines from automatically starting and they must be easily accessible. 

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4. Revolving machinery

You have to fence machinery that revolves. You must also use machine guards to protect employees from the moving parts. 

5. Circular saws

Don't run circular saw faster than the manufacturer's specifications.  The blade must be sharp and set properly. Make sure it isn't damaged, blunt or misaligned. Guarding must cover as much of the blade as possible.
 
 

So there you have it! Five legal requirements for guarding your machinery. 

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