HSE issues guidance on safety of hand-fed platen presses

  • January 27, 2011
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January 27, 2011 - HSE has now commenced on-site inspections of hand-fed platen presses in the UK and so users of this high-risk machinery need to ensure that their machines meet the required safety standards. Following extensive consultation with industry, users and suppliers, HSE has published an Information Sheet to help users manage this process.The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is urging users of hand-fed platen (die cutting) machines in the UK to follow revised operating and safeguarding guidance in order to reduce the risk of serious crush injuries and even death.The Information Sheet is aimed at all employers, supervisors and managers who are responsible for the safe operation of hand-fed platen presses. It specifically addresses the risks associated with whole-body access between the platens of larger machines and use of the dwell mode. It also sets out a number of other key issues relevant to machines of all sizes, such as using the most suitable machines; use of the dwell and continuous mode; existing standards; additional safeguarding requirements if dwell and continuous modes are retained; making the machine safe when accessing the danger area between the platens; training; daily checks; and machine inspection.Tim Small, a specialist manufacturing safety inspector at HSE, stated: “Hand-fed platens are high-risk machines. Our investigations show that workers can and do climb between the platens on many machines. The risk is particularly high when the platen is being used in dwell [semi-automatic] mode. In this situation, operators are not protected by the current guarding arrangements.” “HSE are carrying out visits to users to check that firms are taking action to comply with our Information Sheet. We will consider using our enforcement powers where we find particularly poor standards or where firms have not started to take any action to improve standards.” Learn More

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