Guarding of dangerous parts

  • Is access possible to any moving parts that could cause injury? Please record machine part / location / part of body at risk / estimated type of injury?

  • For the parts identified above, what method of safeguarding is necessary to minimise the risk?

  • Where guards are currently provided, do they satisfy the following criteria? Are they suitable?

  • Where guards are currently provided, do they satisfy the following criteria? Are they of good construction?

  • Where guards are currently provided, do they satisfy the following criteria? Are they easily by-passed or disabled?

  • Where guards are currently provided, do they satisfy the following criteria? Are they an adequate distance from danger? Is there an adequate view of the dangers?

Maintenance

  • What maintenance is required for guards and protective devices? Is maintenance required and if so is it up to date? How often is maintenance required?

Inspection

  • Is inspection of the work equipment necessary? Please log details of inspection and frequency?

Information, instruction and training

  • What information, instruction and training must be provided for the following groups?
    Operators.
    Maintenance staff
    Managers / Supervisors

Other Hazards- what action is needed in respect of the following possible additional hazards?

  • Any article or substance falling or being ejected from the machine

  • Any rupture or disintegration

  • Overheating or fire?

  • Unintentional or premature discharge of dust, gas, liquid or vapour or other substance?

  • Any part of the machine at a high or low temperature likely to cause injury?

  • Any other hazards?

Emergency stop control

  • Is a suitable design of emergency stop located at an appropriate control and operating point? If no emergency stop is in place please indicate preferred type?

Isolation - How is the machine isolated or locked of from the following energy sources (Where relevant).

  • Electricity

  • Compressed air or gas?

  • Hydraulic fluid or oil

  • Steam

  • Other I.e. Gravity, fall etc

Controls

  • Are the controls clearly visible, identifiable, and clearly marked where necessary?

  • Are the controls located to ensure that operators are not exposed to risk?

  • Can the operator see any other person/s who may be at risk, when the controls are operated?

  • Are there ant systems of work to ensure that no one is likely to be at risk when the machine starts?

  • Are there suitable audible, visual or other warnings if needed?

Workplace environment

  • Is there adequate natural and artificial light?

  • Is lighting of controls satisfactory, without glare?

  • Is lighting of parts of the equipment that have to be viewed adequate?

  • Is the workplace temperature in the range of comfort for the operators?

  • Is suitable seating required?

  • Is there adequate space around the machine to allow safe and easy access?

  • Is storage for the machine parts and special tools needed?

  • Are fire extinguishers needed close to the machine - if so, what type?

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Is PPE required / necessary?

  • If yes what type?

  • Are operators aware that PPE is required and are they wearing it?

  • Do operators know how PPE should be worn? Is more training needed?

  • Is local storage necessary and provided?

  • Is PPE subject to routine maintenance checks?

Safety signs and warnings - are adequate signs fitted to the equipment as follows?

  • Hazardous surfaces

  • Hazardous materials

  • Hazardous parts and/or their movement

  • Prohibited actions

  • Correct operation

  • Required PPE ( Personal Protective Equipment)

  • Emergency action

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