Adjustable guards are ones that can be moved into place by a worker or even self-adjust according to the situation such as the passage of wood made up of different thicknesses through a circular saw.
The advantage of adjustable guards is that they allow for the accommodation of different sizes of material, as having a circular saw which could only cut one specific thickness of wood for example would not be very practical. Adjustable guards are usually installed on equipment where there will still be some access to the dangerous part of the machinery required such as a saw, where a fixed guard that completely enclosed the hazardous area would not be a practical solution as the operator would not be able to use it effectively.
On many pieces of equipment a worker can adjust the guard themselves, without having a wait for a qualified person such as an engineer or maintenance person to do it for them. Whilst this saves time, it does greatly increase the probability of the worker suffering an injury if they fail to put the guard in place correctly. It is therefore imperative that only employees who have received appropriate health and safety training in its correct use are allowed to operate it.
Not only is there a risk that an adjustable guard is not put into place correctly, but it is also more likely to wear out or break from its constant adjustment and re-fixing than a guard which is constantly fixed in place and is an integral part of the machine's design. This means that regular maintenance inspections are required to ensure that the adjustable guard is still working properly and providing the protection that is expected of it.
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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