Posted in Machine Safety on Aug 03, 2017 by Warren Spiers
If you’ve ever been involved in machine safety or machine risk assessments then I’m sure you’ve heard someone – it may even have been you – say this or something similar to this. It’s common...
Posted in Machine Safety on Mar 13, 2017 by Warren Spiers
Warren Spiers, Managing Director at Spiers Engineering Safety, looks at the possible changes that may come, following our exit from the EU.
Posted in PUWER98 on Feb 07, 2017 by Warren Spiers
Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety explores ‘Who is responsible for PUWER Compliance?’ and why it is important for those individuals to plan ahead.
Posted in Machine Safety on Dec 12, 2016 by Warren Spiers
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.
Posted in Machine Safety on Jul 06, 2016 by Warren Spiers
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.
Posted in Machine Safety on Jun 09, 2016 by Warren Spiers
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.
Posted in CE Marking on May 16, 2016 by Warren Spiers
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.
Posted in CE Marking on Jan 21, 2016 by Warren Spiers
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).
Posted in Technical Construction Files on Nov 26, 2015 by Warren Spiers
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.
Posted in Machine Safety Standards on Sep 17, 2015 by Warren Spiers
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.