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Details of Equipment being assessed:

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Regulation 4 - Suitability of Work Equipment

  • Is the work equipment suitable by design, construction or adaption for the work it has to do?

  • Is the equipment suitable for the conditions in which it will be used? (Circulation, wet, flammable, power sources).

  • Is the equipment safe from risks in certain situations? (E.g fumes in enclosed and/or confined spaces etc...).

  • Is there suitable and sufficient access to the equipment? For maintenance, adjustment, lubrication etc...

  • Is the machinery safe for the purpose of its intended use?

Regulation 5 & 6 - Maintenance and Inspection

  • Is the equipment maintained?<br>

  • What is the maintenance regime based upon? EG supplier recommendations?

  • Are records maintained and kept?

  • Do inspections include all safety related parts and testing where appropriate?

  • Where work equipment is exposed to conditions causing deterioration, is it inspected at suitable intervals and records kept?

  • Is there a requirement for examination or thorough examination placed upon the employer through other legislation? EG LOLER/PSSR etc...

Regulation 7 & 8 - Specific Risks, and Information & Instructions

  • Have those persons designated to repair, maintain, modify or service the equipment been adequately trained?

  • Has the operation of the machinery been restricted to authorised users only? This includes those designated to undertake maintenance.

  • Have all users of the equipment been received adequate information and instruction? This will include safe methods of use, and precautions.

  • Have safe operating procedures been written and communicated to all relevant personnel, stating the methods in which the work equipment may be used?

  • Do the procedures identify steps to take in foreseeable abnormal conditions? EG blockages

  • Has all relevant information and instruction required by this regulation been readily understood by those concerned?

Regulation 9 - Training

  • Are suitable arrangements in place to ensure that anyone involved in setting, operating, adjusting, cleaning, or maintaining the equipment has had any necessary training?

Regulation 10 - Conformity with Community Requirements

  • Is the equipment CE marked?

  • Name of the company that undertook the conformity assessment and affixed the CE mark.

  • Is there a signed declaration of conformity for the machine/assembly? NB the DOC should identify the directives and standards the machinery conforms to

  • Does the CE marking incorporate all machinery and the associated equipment used in the work process? IE if a group of machines make a complex assembly, has a declaration of conformity been issued for the assembly?

  • Is the CE plate affixed to the machine?

Regulation 11 - Dangerous parts of Machinery

  • Are there robust PHYSICAL measures (guarding, interlocks) to prevent anyone from being able to come into contact with any dangerous parts of machinery?<br><br>

  • N.B In answering the following questions about guarding you must consider ALL phases of the equipment’s use (Setting, Operating, Cleaning, Maintenance and also any recovery from abnormal situations/equipment malfunctions.) Are ALL the Guards....

  • (a) suitable for the purpose for which they are provided;

  • (b) of good construction, sound material and adequate strength;

  • (c) maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair;

  • (d) not able to be easily bypassed or disabled; (fixed guards MUST need special tools to remove them; interlocked guards must NOT be able to be overridden)

  • (e) situated at sufficient distance from the danger zone;

  • (f) not unduly restricting the view of the operating cycle of the machinery, where such a view is necessary or give rise to any increased risk?

  • Do guards meet the requirements of relevant standards? EG BSEN 13857, BSEN 953

Regulation 12 – Protection against specified hazards.

  • Are there adequate measures provided to prevent:-<br>(a) anything falling or being ejected from work equipment;<br>(b) rupture or disintegration of parts of work equipment;<br>(c) work equipment catching fire or overheating;<br>(d) the unintended or premature discharge of any article or of any gas, dust, liquid, vapour or other substance which, in each case, is produced, used or stored in the work equipment;<br>(e) explosion of the work equipment or any article or substance produced, used or stored in it.

Regulation 13 - High or very low temperature

  • Is there adequate protection to prevent any injury caused by contact with any parts of the equipment or any materials that are at high or very low temperatures?

Regulation 14 - 18 Controls and control systems

  • Is the equipment designed so that it can only be started (or re-started after being stopped*) by a deliberate action by an operator using clearly defined controls?

  • Has the equipment got readily accessible controls which will bring the work equipment to a safe condition in a safe manner?

  • Are the controls protected against inadvertent start up or accidental operation?

  • Does the “Stop Control” bring the equipment to a complete stop and switch off all sources of energy after stopping the functioning of the work equipment?

  • Has the equipment got one or more readily accessible emergency stop controls, and are they available at every location where a person may need to activate them in order to prevent danger or injury to themselves or others ?

  • Do the emergency controls “latch closed” so that they require a deliberate action to release and reset them before the equipment can be re-started ?<br>(N.B. the equipment must NOT re-start when the emergency stop is re-set unless deliberately re-started using one of the correct “Start Controls”.)

  • Are all controls for the equipment clearly visible and identifiable?

  • Are all controls for the equipment in a position where any person operating the equipment is not exposed to a risk to their health and safety?

  • Are all controls for the equipment in a position so that the operator of any control is able to ensure that no-one is in a place where they would be exposed to any risk to their health or safety as a result of the equipment being started ?

  • Are the control systems designed such that any fault in, or damage to any part of, the control system or the loss of supply of any source of energy used by the work equipment cannot result in additional or increased risk to health or safety?

  • Are there visible or audible warning devices, which are activated prior to the equipment starting up?

Regulation 19 - Isolation from sources of energy

  • Are there clearly identifiable and readily accessible means of securely isolating the equipment from ALL sources of energy ?

  • Is the equipment designed such that re-connection of any energy source does not expose anyone to any risk to their health or safety?<br>(e.g. the equipment should not start operating as a result of re-connection of a power supply or other energy source.)

Regulation 20 - Stability

  • Is the equipment stable in all modes of operation and under all foreseeable loading conditions.<br>i.e. prevented from toppling over, moving in an unpredictable or dangerous manner

Regulation 21 - Lighting

  • Is there adequate lighting, taking account of the operations to be carried out during all modes of operation of the equipment? (e.g. This includes adequate lighting for maintenance of inaccessible parts of the equipment etc...)

Regulation 22 - Maintenance operations

  • Is maintenance carried out with the machinery completely stopped or isolated?

  • If the answer above is NO, is it reasonably practicable to do so without exposing people to risk?

  • If not. Are other measures taken for protection? EG additional guarding, segregation, limited movement or PPE?

  • Does the construction or adaption of the work equipment take in to account the risks associated with maintenance?

  • Have measures been taken to allow maintenance points to be accessed Safely? EG remote lubrication points

Regulations 23 and 24 – Markings and Warnings

  • Has the equipment got appropriate markings and warnings and are they all unambiguous, easily perceived and easily understood?

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