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Procter Machine Guarding has updated its Safety Distance Calculator – which determines the required safety distances and heights of machine guards – in accordance with the BS EN ISO 13857 standard.

Version 2.5 of the free calculator corresponds even more closely with the standard and is targeted at machine designers and those responsible for ensuring that existing machine guards comply with the standard’s requirements.

The Safety Distance Calculator features dropdown menus from which the user selects the application risk level (high or low), the horizontal distance to the hazard and the height of the hazard.

Based on these inputs, the calculator immediately displays the required height for the protective structure.

As with the standard, the calculator also gives the safety distances for slots and round, square and irregularly shaped apertures through which a person could reach.

Full instructions are provided on how to use the Safety Distance Calculator V2.5 and there are ‘help’ buttons and notes about the minor differences between the calculator and BS EN ISO 13857.

The Safety Distance Calculator is designed so that the results it outputs are always ‘safe’.

The calculator is claimed to be easier to use than BS EN ISO 13857 and eliminates the ambiguities contained therein.

Although it is based on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, no knowledge of this software package is required in order to use the calculator.

All of the calculations are performed automatically, leaving the user to select values from dropdown menus and to decide whether the application is low or high risk.

Procter recommends that a risk assessment is always carried out, for which the company offers the free Risk Assessment Calculator.

If users require further assistance with calculating safety distances, Procter can either help directly or put people in touch with appropriate specialists.

To request a copy of the free Safety Distance Calculator, use the Reader Enquiry system or contact Procter directly.

Procter Machine Guarding

Procter Machine Guarding is the UK's leading machinery guarding specialist. From its sites in Leeds and south Wales, Procter offers a comprehensive service to survey, design, manufacture and install machine guards nationwide. Guard types available range from standard products for workshop machine tools through to modular perimeter guarding and bespoke machine guards. All are designed and manufactured in accordance with the latest health and safety requirements. In addition, Procter Machine Guarding offers acoustic enclosures, access platforms and modular cable ducting.

To complement the guarding products, the company provides services including site guarding surveys and compliance surveys. If required, Procter can also be a single point of contact for risk assessments, PUWER assessments, design services and safety-related control systems.

Procter Machine Guarding has developed a number of guides and interactive utilities, all of which can be downloaded free of charge from the company's website. These include a BS EN ISO 14121-1 Risk Assessment Calculator, a BS EN ISO 13857 Safety Distance Calculator, a Guide to the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, a Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards, a Guide to Workshop Safety, and a Machine Accident Investigation Kit.

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