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Procter Machine Guarding has updated ‘On Your Guard – A Designer’s Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards’, following the introduction of the new Machinery Directive.

This seventh edition explains the current machinery safety regulations and their relationship with the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which came into force on 29 December 2009.

The guide outlines the requirements relating to CE marking of machinery and guarding.

At the heart of the guide is an extensive table of British, European and international standards relating to machine guarding; this table has been brought up to date in the seventh edition of the guide to guarding standards.

Additional changes include a revised list of useful resources that encompasses a guide to the new Machinery Directive, a risk-assessment calculator, a safety distance calculator and white papers.

The list of sources of further information has also been updated to reflect recent changes to contact details.

‘On Your Guard – A Designer’s Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards’ is essential reading for anyone responsible for specifying, designing, installing or maintaining machine guards.

To download a PDF copy of this publication, follow the link to ‘Free Machine Safety Guides’ at or email

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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