If you use machinery in the workplace, then it's your legal duty to ensure that all employees who work around it are protected.
And what this means is that all of your machinery must comply with the General Machinery Regulations, failure of which could lead to heavy fines and prosecution!
So to help you ensure that your workplace machinery meets the required standards, as laid out in the General Machinery Regulations, here are five duties to carry out...
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· Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
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The five duties you must carry out to ensure compliance with the General Machinery Regulations are…
Ensure that all moving machinery, which any person can reach, is effectively guarded.
If you can easily reach your machinery by using stairs, ladders and so on, make sure it's labelled as 'within normal reach'
If it's 'within normal reach', the danger zones can easily be reached. And if someone falls, they can be seriously hurt. But if you have machine guarding, it prevents people from reaching into these danger zones.
If, however, the danger zone is 'beyond normal reach', it means that the people can't reach it and so can't hurt themselves.
Make sure that all required legal signs, which are related to the operating and cleaning of moving machinery, are clearly displayed.
Usually, these signs are pictograms that show a crocodile with open jaws.
When grid guards are used, make sure the mesh size is small enough to stop any body part from coming into contact with the danger zone.
If a handrail is used to limit access to machinery, it must be solidly constructed and coloured.
The horizontal bars must be yellow and the vertical bars must be black. Also, there must be warning signs along the handrails. These should either consist of a sign stating 'Warning moving machinery' or a pictogram with an open-jawed crocodile.
*Those were the five duties you must carry out to ensure compliance with the General Machinery Regulations
are. Now why not page over to Chapter M 02
in your Health and Safety Advisor
handbook to learn how to effectively guard your machinery in the workplace.
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