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Machinery Safety Assessments

The current Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC became applicable on 29 December 2009, superseding the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC.

At the heart of the Directive are the essential health and safety requirements (EHSRs) and these have been clarified and placed in a more logical order.

The EHSRs are comprehensive and cover all aspects of the health and safety of machine users and also others who may be affected (e.g. the safety of products used by consumers processed by certain machinery).  They are laid out in six sections:

  • Section One details those that cover the general remarks common to all products in scope. These include safety principles; designing to facilitate handling; ergonomics; control systems; protection against mechanical hazards; other hazards such as from electricity and other forms of energy; temperature, fire and explosion; emissions from noise, vibration, radiation and hazardous substances; maintenance, cleaning and information (including sales literature) and markings/warnings.
  • Section Two details those relating to certain classes of machines, including machinery for foodstuffs, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals (for example – to prevent cross contamination of the materials processed); for portable hand-held and hand-guided machinery (particularly information about vibration emissions)  and machinery for working wood and materials with similar characteristics.
  • Section Three details the requirements to offset any hazards due to the mobility of work equipment, including operating/seating positions, controls; roll-over; turning over; falling object protection; means of access; power transmission between machinery and towing of machinery.
  • Section Four details the requirements to offset hazards due to lifting operations, including stability; lifting accessories; information and marking.
  • Section Five details the requirements for machinery intended to work underground.
  • Section Six details the requirements for machinery used for lifting people, including for greater strength/safety margins and risks to the people being carried

Any organisation which uses machinery at their workplace is required to undertake regular machinery risk assessments to ensure the safety of their workers. This process reduces the chance of accidents or injury at work, protecting both the business and the employees from harm.

Each form of machinery has its own dangers and safety regulations, which means that it is important to pay full attention to the possible risks of each individual piece of machinery and to ensure that machinery is safe and that dangerous or moving parts are fully protected.

OM Safety Solutions Ltd consultants are highly experienced in carrying out compliance assessments on a wide range of machinery and work equipment to ensure that these rigorous standards are complied with.

The assessment will cover the following:

  • Failure scenarios and effect analysis.
  • The identification and recognition of potential hazards where additional guarding or protection is required.
  • The adequacy of existing guarding systems and safety devices to ensure that they are effective and meet current standards.
  • Advice and assistance in setting up inspection and maintenance programmes for all individual types of machinery used within the organisation.

We also carry out assessments of maintenance or inspection processes which involve high risk activities and also carry out site or job specific assessments.  In addition we are able to prepare safe systems of work and ensure that clients are utilising the correct Permit to Work systems for the task at hand.

Contact us to find out how we can help your business remain safe and compliant, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert consultants.

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