As machinery and plant have become more complex, so the techniques for protecting the operators have become more sophisticated. However, there are many of the older, simpler machines still in use, some of which may date from before the days when the safety of the operator was a matter for concern.
This volume is aimed at all who design, manufacture, use, maintain, modify, manage, inspect or advise on machinery, plant and component parts. It is also relevant to those who, while not directly involved with this equipment, have legal and moral responsibilites for ensuring that it is safe when put to use.
It sets out to describe the range of techniques available to the designer, works manager and engineer for guarding a whole range of machinery from the simplest to the most complex. Necessarily it covers a great many techniques and practices but to keep the text as brief as possible, the techniques and practices are described in outline only. Diagrams are provided where pertinent to assist in understanding the methods of operation and to enable the selection of an appropriate type of guard to be made. For further information on techniques and practices reference should be made to international and European standards, many of which are listed in Appendix 1. These standards detail the requirements that need to be met to give conformity with current health and safety legislation and hence ensure a high degree of operator safety. Conformity with a national or international standard is normally recognized as giving compliance with legislative requirements.
The text of this book applies to plant which may be manually or power operated, and extends to include equipment such as robots and pressure vessels that contain stored energy and to process plant in which the substances being processed may themselves be a hazard if they escape. The techniques described are applicable to the wide range of plant and equipment that is currently found in many workplaces and demonstrate many of the different methods by which protection of the operator can be achieved.
- Safeguarding philosophy and strategy
- Guarding techniques
- Safeguarding systems
- Other safety related arrangements