Anyone working with or around machinery will face risks to their health and safety. The extent of these risks will vary greatly according to the types of machines that are present in their place of work, and also how they interact with them; for example are they the operator, maintenance person, cleaner etc?
In many countries throughout the world health and safety legislation exists which makes it a legal requirement for employers to take measures that safeguard the safety and welfare of their workers. This can include providing them with health and safety training and reducing the danger posed by equipment in the workplace, including machinery.
One such way of making machinery and equipment safer is to introduce fixed guards onto them. These barriers will prevent the person accidentally placing their hand or other part of their body into/onto an area where the equipment could cause a serious injury to them, and are often fixed into place to prevent them being moved, either accidentally or deliberately, which would then render the guard ineffective in its intended purpose. Ideally, the guards should only be able to be removed by qualified and competent maintenance personnel who have been fully-trained for the task to avoid suffering an injury; for example only they have the key/specialist screwdriver to remove the screws.
Fixed guards must not only be suitable at preventing accidental injury, but they also need to be able to withstand the particular stresses and working environment in which they will be operating. This can include extremes of temperature, water (including salt water which can quickly corrode metal), and hard knocks/rough treatment.
In order to be viable, fixed guards need to provide the desired protection without having a significant adverse effect on the performance of the equipment. For example, a fixed guard which cuts off cooling air flow and causes the machine to overheat and shut down after a few minutes of operation will not be practical.
Health and safety with regards to the safe operation of work equipment and tools is an important topic on health and safety courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate and the NEBOSH General Certificate. For more information on NEBOSH courses and qualifications, please click here.
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Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: