Updated guide lists new machine guarding standards

Procter Machine Guarding has published a new version of its popular free guide to machinery guarding standards. This fifth edition of On Your Guard includes important standards that have been introduced over the past 12 months.

* STOP PRESS Procter Machine Guarding has now published a Eighth Edition.

Guarding is essential if a machine is to operate safely, but machine designers, health and safety managers, health and safety representatives and guarding specifiers are often unaware of the full range of applicable regulations and standards. On Your Guard not only helps in this respect, but it also indicates what the current versions of the standards are so that users can ascertain whether or not they are working with up-to-date standards. As one of the UK's leading suppliers, Procter Machine Guarding is fully aware of the applicable standards in the UK, Europe and beyond, so is well placed to share some of this knowledge.

The On Your Guard guide explains the importance of guarding and the ways in which well-designed guards can enhance productivity while ensuring operator safety. It then goes on to describe the requirements of machinery guarding in relation to the Machinery Directive and CE Marking (often an area of confusion and misunderstanding), before listing the main British, European and International standards for machinery and conveyor guarding. One of the most recently published standards and an important addition to On Your Guard is BS EN ISO 13857:2008 Safety of machinery. Safety distances to prevent hazard zones being reached by upper and lower limbs.

As well as providing information about standards, the guide also offers advice on risk assessments, how to approach the design of guarding and the specification of the access control system (interlock switches, for example). This will aid the design of cost-effective guards that will deliver an appropriate level of safety and help to deter operators and maintenance personnel from the dangerous practice of attempting to bypass safety measures.

At the rear of the guide there are sections covering Useful Resources and Further Information - which includes contact details for organisations such as the HSE and BSI.

Copies of On Your Guard can be requested free of charge from Procter Machine Guarding by e-mailing standards@procterbedwas.co.uk or go to the Free Downloads section of the company's website.

Procter Machine Safety

11 Pantglas Industrial Estate
Bedwas
CAERPHILLY
CF83 8XD
UNITED KINGDOM

44 2920 855 758

mbinfo@machinesafety.co.uk

www.machinesafety.co.uk

More news
50 minutes ago
Tackling noise emissions from industrial machinery
Employers and dutyholders are required under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) to provide workers with equipment that meets relevant supply laws. They must also adhere to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers guidance which sets out an employer’s legal obligations. Paul Taylor, business development director for industrial services at TÜV SÜD, looks at the issue of machinery noise.
2 days ago
Compair highlights the importance of compressor energy efficiency
With the global rise in electricity prices, the energy costs of compressed air have increased to as much as 91% of the total cost of ownership, and operators need to urgently review the efficiency of their system says Graham Read, product manager for industrial compressors at Compair.
2 days ago
RS awarded platinum-level sustainability rating by Ecovadis
RS Group has been awarded a platinum medal by Ecovadis, the independent provider of global sustainability ratings used by many large organisations to help support sustainable purchasing decisions.
3 days ago
Sensor software up for industry 4.0 innovation award
The success of Baumer’s BSS sensor software has been acknowledged with it reaching the final round of the prestigious Industrie 4.0 Innovation Awards 2022. An independent jury nominated the software as contributing significantly to smart manufacturing.
4 days ago
Emka collaborates with enclosure OEM on new handle
Emka has worked with Italian control cabinet manufacturer MP Gamma to develop a newly designed handle with changeable lock inserts, with the enclosure company looking to modernise the design of its portfolio.
4 days ago
Webinar explores creating OEM-standard bodywork seams
The latest innovations in sealing technology make it possible for any body shop to replicate seams that are as good as new. In a webinar on the subject on 10 November 2022, Henkel will give delegates the benefits of its wide expertise.
4 days ago
European Springs invests in prototyping proficiency
Ensuring it maintains its position at the forefront of prototyping in the industry and is able to deliver industry leading laser-cutting speeds, European Springs and Pressings has purchased a Bodor i5 2KW fibre laser-cutting machine.
5 days ago
Omron launches cobot and AMR ROI calculator
A new ROI calculator from Omron has been launched to support the process of evaluating an investment in collaborative and mobile robots, including easy and affordable leasing opportunities that are ideal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
5 days ago
Mitsubishi Electric exhibits at the North East Automotive Expo
Mitsubishi Electric is showcasing how its automation technologies can drive the entire electric vehicle value chain forward at the North East Automotive Expo 2022, taking place on 29th September 2022.
6 days ago
Farnell increases investment in Traco Power portfolio
Farnell has increased its investment in Traco Power to ensure product availability and overcome supply chain challenges. Farnell now stocks Traco Power’s most popular ranges including high-performance DC/DC converters, AC/DC power supplies and DIN rail products.

Login / Sign up