The following checklist shows some of the issues that you should cover when making an assessment of the sufficiency of machinery safeguards.
- How could employees be hurt? E.g., from sharp edges, traps, rotating parts, cleaning, maintenance.
- How obvious are the hazards?
- Under what circumstances will employees need to gain access to the dangerous parts of a machine?
- How often do they need to do this? How close to the dangerous parts do they need to get? And how long does the process take?
- Is the machinery running or isolated at the time? Are there likely to be any other particular hazards at the time?
- How easy is it to approach the danger area?
- How far is access restricted by guarding or position?
- To what extent can access be gained by removing or defeating safeguards?
- Are the operators at risk competent? Do they have a clear perception of dangers?
- Do the operators have the skills and motivation to take the full precautions that are necessary to avoid risk or injury?
- Is human error likely to create a danger?
- How can the risks be minimised?
- What controls are used to ensure that precautions are maintained?
For further guidance on this please contact HealthSafetyHelpdesk@warwick.ac.uk