Machinery risk assessment training courses from HSL

05 August 2008

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The HSL (Health and Safety Laboratory), which is an agency of the UK's HSE (Health and Safety Executive), is running a series of two-day training courses on Machinery Risk Assessment.

The courses will be held at the HSL's facilities in Derbyshire on the following dates:

  • Monday 15 September - Tuesday 16 September 2008 - FULL
  • Monday 6 October - Tuesday 7 October 2008 - FULL
  • Monday 3 November - Tuesday 4 November 2008

[Note: More dates have been announced - see]


The ability to carry out risk assessments is now a requirement in many walks of life. However, what is 'a suitable and sufficient risk assessment' that will satisfy the law?

Suppliers of new machinery in the UK are required under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations to carry out machinery risk assessments when new equipment is designed. Companies also need to carry out risk assessment for existing plant under the Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). Risk assessment is also essential before machinery is modified.

Many people are used to task-based risk assessments but are unsure how to carry out the kind of detailed risk assessment that is required for machinery, process plant and assemblies of equipment.

The HSL has therefore developed a two-day training course that gives delegates practical hands-on experience of machinery risk assessment using structured techniques that demystify the processes given in BS EN 1050 and its successor, BS EN ISO 14121-1.

The course includes:

  • Overview of legal requirements
  • Appreciation of hazards and their real-life consequences
  • Practical sessions throughout including hands-on experience of risk assessment on real equipment
  • Opportunity for delegates to share experiences
  • Sessions from hazard topic specialists
  • Direct reference to ISO 14121-1


Nicola Stacey is a senior researcher in the Risk Management Section of the HSL. She has specialised in the application of risk assessment to machinery design since 1993 and is an active member of the international standards working group (TC 199 WG5) that is revising the Machinery Safety Standard ISO 14121 Principles for Risk Assessment.

Martin Keay is an independent professional who has 15 years of practical experience of writing CEN standards on packaging and food processing machines and 13 years experience of teaching people how to perform machinery risk assessments following the principles laid out in international standards on safety of machinery.

Who should attend?

Engineers and project managers who want to learn how to carry out risk assessments, and safety professionals who are familiar with the concepts but need to learn how machinery risk assessments differ from other assessment techniques.

More information

The cost of the two-day course is £625 + VAT (to include course notes, lunches, dinner at a local restaurant in Buxton on the first night and all refreshments).

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For further information email or contact the Training Unit at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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