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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