Risk assessments are the key to machinery and workplace safety. They pave the way for a level of risk reduction that’s both effective and economical. Many workplace activities carried out by operators and maintenance staff represents high levels of risk. In determining control measures, you should identify and consider everything that may be relevant to the hazards and risks and determine the means of eliminating or minimising the risks.

Employers and business owners have duties under the Work Health and Safety Act. Often it takes just a few factors to cause an accident, our Risk Assessments identify and assess existing hazards in the workplace and define risk reduction measures in accordance with national and/or international standards. Safety improvement on existing machines can be prioritised and implemented based on known risk, therefore ensuring compliance to standards and regulations throughout the working life of the machine. Early identification of hazards on new machines will save time and money by facilitating the integration of appropriate safety measures from the start.

Employers and business owners should always try to eliminate, as is reasonably practicable, any health and safety risks in the workplace. Establish your basis for Machinery Safety with our risk assessment.

As Part of Guarding Specialist Risk Assessment we will;

Identify the applicable standards and regulations
Define the machine’s limits
Identify all the risks in each of the machine’s lifecycle phases
Estimate and assess the risk
Recommend an approach for reducing risk

If a risk is identified, you should reduce the risk by implementing one or more of the following;

Step 1: Inherently Safe Design measures

Eliminate the risk
Substitution (wholly or partly) the hazard with a process with a lesser risk

Step 2: Safeguarding & Complimentary Protective Measures

Isolating the hazard from any person exposed to it
Engineering Controls implemented to reduce the risk

Step 3: Information for use eg: warning labels and devices, and operating instructions

Administrative Controls
Personal Protective Equipment

Integrate safety in new or modified machinery through the early identification of risk