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Machinery Series - Introduction to Safeguarding and Safety-Related Control Systems

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Machinery often incorporates safeguards to protect users from hazards. Those responsible for the safety of machinery need to understand the basics of how these safeguards and their associated control systems operate. This course build on the PUWER and UK Machinery Regulations courses and provide delegates with a wider understanding of what safeguards are available, how they are applied and how they work in conjunction with a control system.

Course includes

  • Principles of operation of protective devices such as light curtains and laser scanners
  • Suitability of protective devices for particular applications
  • Principles of operation of control system components such as relays, safety relays and programmable devices
  • Logic and software
  • Basic safety principles for control systems
  • SILs, PLs and Categories
  • Demonstration of interlocking and other safety devices

Who should attend?

This course is aimed primarily at machinery users, maintenance engineers, safety officers and project engineers who may find themselves responsible for purchasing machinery or for assessing the effectiveness of safeguards on existing machinery.. This course would also benefit anyone needing to make minor modifications to existing machinery safeguards.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.

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£525 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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