A guard can be vital in preventing severe injuries to a person who is using a piece of equipment or machinery. Whether it is a fixed guard or an adjustable one, these guards can help to stop the dangerous parts of the machine coming into contact with the person's body such as their finger, or their clothing becoming entangled or drawn in to the moving parts. The dangers posed by work equipment and items of machinery are so great that they are covered on numerous health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate and associated regulations such as the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPER) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).
Due to the fact that guards can play such a pivotal role in ensuring the operator of the machinery does not come to any harm, it is vitally important that they are suitable for their intended purpose. Initially this will be the responsibility of the manufacturer who will need to have conducted stringent testing to ensure that the guard is strong enough to withstand the likely forces and substances that it may encounter through normal operation. Once the machinery is being used by the business it will be up to them to provide suitable maintenance and carry out regular inspections to determine whether the condition and structural integrity of the guard has been compromised insofar as it will no longer provide the required protection for the operator. This maintenance should only be carried out by trained personnel who can not only carry out the work safely, but also know what to look out for concerning potential hazards from a faltering guard.
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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: