The European standard for machine risk assessments,
EN 1050, should be familiar to most readers, but what
about ISO 14121-1:2007? This was published in
September, as you can read
here, and has also been ratified as EN ISO
14121-1:2007 - and will soon supersede EN 1050. All of
which set me thinking about risk assessments and I
have therefore compiled a guide
to machinery risk assessments that will be
further developed as more news and articles are
received about this subject.
Meanwhile, it being conker season (here in the UK, at
least), you might be interested to read the following
sensible advice from the Health and Safety Executive:
"Realistically the risk from playing conkers is
incredibly low and just not worth bothering about. If
kids deliberately hit each other over the head with
conkers, that’s a discipline issue, not health and
safety." If only machinery safety were so simple!
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2007 - international workshops
On 28 November one of Europe's top automation
exhibitions will be running a day of workshops in
English, looking at efficiency in automation. More?
Building exhibition 2008
Being held at the NEC, 13-14 Feb 2008 by new organiser
Canon, the shows will offer visitors a more rewarding
visit building on the similarity between industry
assembly show to be the biggest yet
With over 50 exhibitors, no charges for entry or
parking, and a central UK location, the Fastening
& Assembly Solutions show is well worth visiting.
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