The Importance of Machine Guarding

The Importance of Machine Guarding

It is fair to say that every workplace comes with its fair share of health and safety hazards. Training, risk assessments and good management play a massive part in reducing these hazards.

Factories, manufacturers and even some distribution centres that work with large machinery, equipment, and moving parts deal with an extreme amount of danger which needs to be carefully managed and controlled through strict rules, regulations and procedures.



Here in the UK the safety of new and existing machinery is covered mainly by The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98).

These Regulations require that risks from machinery are controlled by engineering means where it is practicable to do so (regulation 11); that is to say, risks must be controlled by providing suitable guards, protection devices, warning devices and system control devices such as emergency stop buttons.

In all circumstances these safeguards must be properly maintained (regulation 5) and appropriate information, training, instruction and supervision must be provided.

Why are machine guards needed?

Inadequate machine guarding is a significant cause of workplace injuries – this is frequently demonstrated by HSE accident investigations that find guarding has been unsatisfactory.

UK law mandates that all managers and supervisors ensure proper machine guarding effort is taken to minimise moving/rotating parts and stop hazards on the job.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that inadequate machine guarding causes over 40,000 injuries every year. Some of those injuries can be fatal. In order to prevent these incidents from happening, the HSE recommends that employers should “take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery”.

Machine Guarding Saves Lives

It Improves Employee Satisfaction. If they see investment made into machine guarding components that keep them happier and safer while working, they are going to be content with their role at your company. This contentment translates into greater employee satisfaction, and therefore, greater productivity with higher quality performance throughout the day. It doesn’t always take much to show your workforce that you care.

Machine Guarding reduces human error

Employees are human and mistakes can happen. It’s part of what makes us human. That is no exception when operating big, dangerous machinery. Humans are going to slip up and press the wrong button. They might even stumble and fall. It’s wise to predict this type of error ahead of time, using machine guarding products to keep everyone safe even when error does occur. It’s a natural part of working with people on a daily basis.

Fastline Services Ltd

Here at Fastline Services Ltd we supply and install the Troax Machine Guarding system because we want you, your employees, and your facilities to be safe and protected.

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