Machinery Guarding – Why Inspect?

The are several regulations that are enforceable and thereby must be adhered to with regards to machinery guarding. These are:

  • The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 as amended
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98).
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The purpose of an inspection of guarded equipment is to identify whether equipment that has the potential to cause a health and safety risk can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely. Any deterioration detected can then be placed in a safe configuration until repair action takes place. It is vitally important that an inspection takes place for equipment containing guards where significant risks to health and safety may arise from incorrect installation, reinstallation, deterioration or any other circumstances. These inspections must be carried out by suitably qualified and experienced personnel at set frequencies. For example Pillar Drills, Chop Saws, Lathes and other such equipment should be inspected. The type of inspection and its frequencies should be determined through risk assessment as required by PUWER 98.

Thurra’s engineers will inspect all guarding to determine that they are fit for purpose and that they have not deteriorated or been tampered with. All inspections are reported to the customer with areas where remedial action is required. Any such areas are reported in person to the site representative by Thurra’s engineer before they leave site.

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