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Machine Guarding Information

Machinery Directive and Statistics

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What is CIS

What is Machine Guarding?

Machine Guarding provides a secure area around hazardous machinery. This is necessary to comply with health and safety, specifically the Machinery Directive.

There are two main types:

  • Guarding on the machine itself e.g A lathe with a Guard to protect from flying debris
  • Secured area partitions - See image to the right

Stakrak is committed to supplying secured area partitions.

Our focus allows us to provide a market leading quality product, and offer a wide range of accessories to enhance workplace safety and productivity.

Benefits of Machine Guarding

  • Staff Safety
  • Continuous Production
  • Legal Compliance

Ensuring the safety of equipment means that not only are staff kept safe from accidents, but machinery is also free from interference.

This helps increase productivity and save money from reducing machinery repair frequency.

The use of machine guarding through partitioning off areas reduces unauthorised access from untrained personnel. This reduces the chance of accidents and damage to machinery.


What is the Machinery Directive?

The European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is an EU directive that updated the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC. It aims to create a common market standard on operating machines safely and general machine safety.

Also of note is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) which requires employers to ensure operators of equipment have suitable training, and that the equipment is safe for use.

How is 'machine' defined?

Some certain exclusions apply to the directive, such as military machinery, amusement parks, household appliances etc. These can be found under Section 2.

Section 2 (a) defines machinery as:

  • an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive system... consisting of linked parts...which are joined together for a specific application
  • an assembly missing only the components to connect it on site or to sources of energy and motion
  • an assembly ready to be installed and able to function as it stands only if mounted on a means of transport, or installed in a building or a structure
  • an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves and which are joined together, intended for lifting loads and whose only power source is directly applied human effort

These have been summarised, please see the full directive for complete definitions.

This covers a lot of machinery from small devices to large production lines.


Machine Guarding Accident Statistics

In the manufacturing Industry in 2014, there were:

  • 18 Fatalities per year - 2 of whom were the general Public
  • 40,000 injuries each year from workers using machines
  • The UK is the safest European country. Between 2009-2011 UK had a average rate of 0.67 per 100,000 workers, compared to 0.9 for Germany, and the EU-15 average of 1.3. Source.

These figures have been falling year-on-year as workplace safety increases. This can be attributed to increased awareness and increased use of both types of guarding.

PLEASE NOTE: This page is for information purposes only. We would encourage you to contact your Health & Safety advisor for further, specific information and to conform to Health & Safety guidelines.