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Machinery Guarding (In-Company Training)

Introduction

The purpose of this course is to provide training on the essentials of machinery guarding to many people who work closely with machinery in their own factory. The short duration of the course (2.5 hours) allows the course to be repeated up to three times a day to train people from different shifts.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for anyone who is involved in the design, maintenance and inspection of guards and safety protection devices.  This will include maintenance engineers, project engineers, technicians, machine operators and safety professionals.

Please note this training is best delivered, and is most cost-effective if run as a minimum of two or three sessions consecutively on the same day.  The maximum number of delegates for each session is 25. As an example, up to 150 people can be trained if the course is delivered six times over two consecutive days.

What the course will cover

1. Classroom topics

This session of the course is delivered using PowerPoint slides and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Delegates are given copies of the slides to help them identify issues in the factory in the second part of the course.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • The legal requirements for guards and safety protection devices
  • Deciding when moving parts are safe by design and when they need to be guarded
  • Requirements for fixed guards
  • Requirements for interlocking guards
  • Correct dimensions for enclosing guards
  • Choosing interlocking devices for guards
  • Correct dimensions for distance guards
  • Strategies to prevent a machine being started when someone is inside guards
  • Requirements for safety protection devices

2. Practical evaluation of guards in the factory

In this session the delegates work in groups of four or five people to evaluate machines in the factory. Each group evaluates a different machine, and this can be done either with the machine running or when it is isolated. This session lasts approximately 60 minutes.

The activities are as follows:

  • Measuring guards
  • Assessing guards and protection devices against the legal requirements using the guarding checklist
  • Identifying safety issues with guards
  • Taking photographs of safety issues

3. Evaluation of findings and plenary

This final session takes place in the classroom and delegates work in groups to complete their guarding checklist and ensure that they adequately described the safety issues they have found so they can be communicated to higher management. Each group then describes what they have found to the other delegates. This session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

The activities include the following:

  • Completing the checklist
  • Evaluating the safety issues which have been identified
  • Reporting findings to all the delegates

Price

Please email your expression of interest and we will provide a quote to deliver the course in your factory.

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

For further dates and additional information email: hsetraining@hse.gov.uk or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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