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Machinery risk assessment

01 February 2022

Many machinery owners assume that, if their equipment has the CE or UKCA marking, no further action is required. However, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) applies to all work equipment, regardless of its age, including equipment that carries those marks.

PUWER describes what an employer needs to do to protect employees in the workplace. It is their responsibility to ensure that all machinery meets the requirements of the Machinery Directive and PUWER, of which risk assessments are an essential ingredient.

Risk assessment is therefore fundamental to any health and safety process and, in particular, machinery safety. Guidance on carrying out a risk assessment can be found in many places. EN ISO 12100 is the main standard for risk assessment for machinery, as it sets down the principles for the process.

Read the full article in the February issue of DPA

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