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  • Packaging Machines: Small, Medium and Large Sized Apertures

    Posted in PUWER98 on May 12, 2015 by Warren Spiers

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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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  • Protective Devices & Emergency Stops - when should we test them?

    Posted in PUWER98 on Feb 04, 2015 by Warren Spiers

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    The Testing of Safety Related Systems (including emergency stops and protective devices) for a machine application is a subject that attracts a lot of navel gazing on a regular basis and we hear wonderful answers with even more wonderful justifications for them. For this reason we have written this article giving a proper method for determining the suitable manual test intervals based on current best practice borrowed from applicable EN standards.

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  • An Introduction to the Technical Construction File (TCF)

    Posted in Technical Construction Files on Jan 07, 2015 by Warren Spiers

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    What is the Technical Construction File (TCF)? The Technical Construction File (TCF), is required by the Machinery Directive and its contents are listed in ANNEX VII. The purpose of the technical file is to provide a means for the manufacturer to demonstrate the conformity of his product as well as to support market surveillance and enforcement activities.

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  • Spiers PUWER Checklist - Short Guide for the PUWER Assessor

    Posted in PUWER98 on Jan 02, 2015 by Warren Spiers

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    This is a short PUWER inspection guide for the person actually tasked with doing the PUWER inspections and resulting risk assessment (PUWER Assessor). We have stripped out the jargon and legal bumph leaving only what is relevant to you as you look at the machine/work equipment. We have included examples, photos and even example PUWER risk assessments. Some aspects of the safe system of work (SSoW) which must be considered under PUWER have been removed as they are not applicable/practical to apply at the point of inspection. Some other arrangments should be made for these.

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