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  • Brexit and The Machinery Directive

    Posted in Machine Safety on Mar 13, 2017 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    Warren Spiers, Managing Director at Spiers Engineering Safety, looks at the possible changes that may come, following our exit from the EU.
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  • Who is responsible for PUWER compliance?

    Posted in PUWER98 on Feb 07, 2017 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety explores ‘Who is responsible for PUWER Compliance?’ and why it is important for those individuals to plan ahead.
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  • What does it take to be a Machine Safety Engineer?

    Posted in Machine Safety on Dec 12, 2016 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    What attributes and skills do you need in order to be an effective machine safety engineer in any organisation? Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety explores the ins and outs of machine safety engineering.
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  • The Beginners Guide to Machine Safety in the UK

    Posted in Machine Safety on Jul 06, 2016 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    The aim of this beginners guide is to explain machinery safety in the UK in a way that you will read without getting very bored very quickly. It is not intended to be the definitive guide to everything in machinery safety and in some areas detail has been sacrificed for simplicity. This means that in some cases, due to the detail being slimmed down for readability, the general rules of thumb might not apply, so you should always seek expert advice if you have any doubts.
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  • Engineering Managers: Why is it so difficult to get control of machinery safety?

    Posted in Machine Safety on Jun 09, 2016 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    John is an Engineering Manager. John, like most engineering managers, has huge responsibilities and not enough time or resources. He is stuck in the middle between the demands of PRODUCTION and those of SAFETY. If you’re like John, we know you have a hell of a lot on your plate.
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  • Instruction Handbook: Safety Related Information for Assemblies of Machinery

    Posted in CE Marking on May 16, 2016 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    Who likes writing manuals? Exactly. So we should give some thought to what needs to be provided in a manual beforehand to avoid having to repeat the process in reverse further down the line. Often a machine is in fact an assembly of smaller machines, whether they be standalone or machines in their own right, partly complete machines requiring assembly, safety components, or lifting accessories. The final machine assembly will inevitably include components declared to other directives such as LVD, EMCD etc. and then some parts which are not covered a CE marking directive at all.
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  • CE Marking Machines Guide for Large Plant

    Posted in CE Marking on Jan 21, 2016 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    You probably know that new machinery should have a CE mark on it. You might not know the lines of responsibility for that CE mark and its associated requirements. This guide highlights the myths and facts and answers your burning questions around the CE marking of machines with a particular focus on large plant. Large plant will normally be classified as an assembly of machines (AOM) for the purposes of the Machinery Directive (MD).
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  • BS EN 60204-1:2006+A1:2009 Electrical Safety of Machines

    Posted in Technical Construction Files on Nov 26, 2015 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    This document has been produced by Spiers Engineering Safety as a guide to our clients for evidencing the design of electrical circuit. It summarises the design process implied by BS EN 60204-1 and can be used in conjunction with it. Compliance with this document DOES NOT GIVE A PRESUMPTION OF CONFORMITY as it is not a harmonised standard. Verification - Post installation electrical safety tests shall be completed in all cases regardless of calculations made during the design of the system in order to verify ‘as installed’ conditions, unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so. In this case please provide a justification/explanation for why it is not reasonably practicable to complete any applicable tests and what alternative actions have been taken to verify electrical safety.
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  • Changes in Guarding Standard: EN 953 to be replaced by EN 14120

    Posted in Machine Safety Standards on Sep 17, 2015 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    There is a new standard on the way. It updates the guidance on design and selection of guards for machinery and it is going to change the way you design and adapt guarding on your machines in the future. Draft standard ISO 14120 Safety of machinery — Guards — General requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards.
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  • Packaging Machines: Small, Medium and Large Sized Apertures

    Posted in PUWER98 on May 12, 2015 by Warren Spiers avatar

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    The safe reach distance required for openings in guards is well defined in BS EN 13857. However, some C type standards will make amendments to these values. In this case, the BS EN 415 series (part 5) makes specific amendments for reach distances and differentiates between small, medium and large openings. Where there is insufficient space to achieve the reach distances in EN 13857 alternative reach distances are provided in a table in Annex B.
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