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Procter Machine Guarding has published a second edition of ‘Workshop Safety – A Guide to Guarding Machine Tools Used in Workshops’.

This free guide will benefit anyone responsible for the safety of machinery and work equipment in production facilities, maintenance departments, educational establishments, research laboratories or other areas where drilling machines, milling machines, lathes and similar machine tools are used.

Designed to deliver advice and guidance in ‘plain English’ – but with useful pointers to more detailed information – the guide covers the following topics: costs and benefits of machine guarding; regulations and legislation; general requirements for machine guards; requirements for specific machine types; other measures relating to machinery safety; British, European and international standards; official information and guidance; useful resources; and sources of further information.

The second edition of the booklet benefits from new statistics for machine-related accidents, more information about drilling machines, an updated standards listing and up-to-date contact details.

The guide explains what can be done to comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 in a cost-effective manner.

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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