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Employees with responsibility for machinery safety - often multi-tasking - are increasingly expected not only to have, but also to prove, competence.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so the saying goes. It is true in safety related machine controls, where the weakest link is the "subsystem", below which sit various types of device. A structure for such device types may help the planned merger of the current machine safety control standards, EN ISO 13849-1 and EN 62061.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1 October 2012 subject to Parliamentary approval. The scheme was due to start in April but it is not clear why the date was moved to October and been delayed.
On the 27th June the Machinery Safety Alliance ran its second seminar to an audience of over 30 delegates at Manchester Concorde Conference Centre - the seminar included a 40 minute tour underneath and inside the second Concorde produced. Read below for some of the feedback from the delegates.
There are many machines fitted with multiple guards monitored in one circuit by series connected safety switches with dual channel wiring; does this sound like one of your machines? Can any of these guards be opened simultaneously? Your level of safety could actually be less than you expect. Read on to learn about "fault masking" and what you can do about it.
With a full audience of over 50, the inaugural "blast off" of the Machinery Safety Alliance ran well. A big thank you to all who attended and participated.We have received some encouraging feedback, perhaps the best praise was that the seminars provided a good balance of information without being a sales pitch - this is the spirit of our organisation, for other testimonials read on...
Many mistakenly believe that the risk graph in the standard for safety-related parts of control systems, EN ISO 13849-1 is “risk assessment” – it is not.
Risk assessment starts with the use of the standard “EN ISO 12100:2010 - Safety of machinery - General principles for design. Risk Assessment and Risk reduction.”
Re-CE-marking of machines is deemed necessary where a "substantial change" has been made to an existing machine. What is a "substantial change"?
From as early as the 6th April they will charge £124 for each hour of work where they identify a ‘material breach’, in what is being labelled a Fee For Intervention, or FFI.
Our seminar venues are chosen purposefully to provide you with free access to interesting exhibitions housed in them....space exploration, Concorde and science!
UK Health and Safety Laboratory, an agency of the HSE, will open and present at each Alliance seminar in 2012 - adding the perspective of the agency responsible for enforcing UK law on machine safety
Machine safety is enshrined the in the European Machinery Directive and Amended Use of Work Equipment Directive. We explain how this filters down into the UK, and who is responsible for what.
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