Health & Safety with Equipment & Machinery

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When researching into the health and safety of equipment and machinery I realised that there was two different ways to look at this issue. The first being if you were a designer that actually designed equipment to be used and the second being if you were an employee needing to use equipment and or machinery.

Looking at a this area from a design perspective was very interesting as I never realised the regulations that had to be met before equipment would even make it to a works environment. There is an extensive list of UK product safety regulations which must be met surrounding the construction or design of new or refurbished equipment. It was also my understanding that any equipment made would need to meet these standards and that the person in charge of these standards being met is either the product manager or an authorised representative of the product. All responsibility lies with this person in the event something goes wrong and these standards are found not to have been met. Below is a link telling you all the information you need to know if you are a equipment or machinery designer.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/manufacturer.htm

Now the use of work equipment or machinery falls under the Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 also known as PUWER. The list of requirements for the use of equipment is very heavy going but understandable so that no mistakes are made when equipment is being used. I also didn’t realise that work equipment that employees even bring into work to use themselves fall under this regulation making any item like this fall under the work equipment ‘umbrella’. The scope for the actual use of work equipment is also very wide and covers pretty much all activity that falls in that area such as the starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning of machinery or equipment. Again below is a link which gives all the information surrounding the use of work equipment in a work environment.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/puwer.htm

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