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Use this checklist for your machinery and ensure you are compliant with required standards

by , 24 September 2015
Do you use machines in the workplace? If so, then you need to ensure that the health and safety of all your employees is protected and maintained.

You must make sure that all of your machinery falls in line with all relevant laws and regulations.

Having said that, here is a checklist you can use in order to see if your machinery meets the required standards, as laid out in the General Machinery Regulations 3, 4, 5 and 6.

1.      Is all moving machinery that ANY person can reach effectively guarded?
2.      If you can easily reach your machinery by using stairs, ladders and so on, is it labelled as 'within normal reach'?
·         If it is 'within normal reach', the danger zones can easily be reached. If someone falls, they can be seriously hurt. But if you have machine guarding, it prevents people from reaching into these danger zones.

·         If the danger zone is 'beyond normal reach', it means that the people can't reach it and so can't hurt themselves.

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·         Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
·         Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
·         When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
·         Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?

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3.      Are all required legal signs related to the operating and cleaning of moving machinery displayed CLEARLY?
·         Usually, such signs are pictograms that show a crocodile with open jaws.
4.      When grid guards are used, is the mesh size small enough to stop any body part coming into contact with the danger zone?
5.      If a handrail is used to limit access to machinery, is it solidly constructed and coloured accordingly? 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.

So, there was a very useful checklist you can use for your machinery in ensuring compliance with required standards.
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