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Fixings White Paper - .PDF file.

Procter Machine Guarding has published a white paper that explains the new Machinery Directive requirement for fixings for fixed guards to remain attached when the guards are removed.

This requirement is found in Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and guarding standard BS EN 953.

The white paper also provides information that will help designers select the right types of fasteners for particular guarding applications.

Written by Jeremy Procter, a member of BSI’s MCE/3 committee, convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for machine guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and managing director of Procter Machine Guarding, the white paper starts by introducing BS EN 953:1997 +A1:2009, ‘Safety of machinery: Guards – General requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards’.

This is a new version of BS EN 953 with amendments to align it with the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC that comes into force on 29 December 2009.

The paper then goes on to consider the definition of a ‘fixed guard’ and which fixed guards on a machine might require the use of captive fasteners (or retained fasteners).

Practical advice includes design tips to help reduce any additional costs incurred by installing captive fasteners, and factors to think about when selecting fasteners.

Copies of the ‘Fixings for Fixed Guards’ white paper can be downloaded by clicking on the right-hand side of the page, or request a copy free of charge from Procter Machine Guarding.

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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