Machine Guarding & Safety

Our extensive range of machine guarding and safety equipment offers protection for all industry sectors including factory automation for areas such as food and beverage, and process automation for areas such as utilities and mining. This can include the installation of equipment such as emergency stop switches, non-contact safety switches, light curtains and safety fences and doors.

What is machine guarding?

Machine guarding is the placement of protective safety equipment, fencing and fixings around the perimeter of hazardous areas of manufacturing and engineering machinery to protect machine operators and other personnel against accidental injury or fatality.

Why is machine guarding necessary?

The primary goal of all employers should be to protect all employees from injury by creating a safe working environment. Machinery can cause injuries in many different ways when in operation, so to prevent accidents a thorough check should be undertaken before operating to ensure the machine is well maintained and all safeguarding requirements are fitted and working correctly.

When is machine guarding required?

Machine guards are required where any type of machine activity could result in an injury ranging from cuts, burns and minor abrasions to more severe incidents such as lacerations, crushing or amputation. A large range of machine activities may create hazards to personnel working with and around machinery, these can include, moving parts, points of operation and pinch or shear points. Machine operators and personnel can also be at risk of being injured while working in the vicinity of machinery when the machine is being operated, these can include injuries from splinters or debris, sparks or sprays.

Who is responsible for machine guarding?

It is the responsibility of the machinery manufacturer and the end user to conduct a risk assessment to determine the guarding that is required to operate the machine safely and to ensure that the machine will comply with legislation. The manufacturer should consider any foreseeable use and misuse of the machinery, as well as point of operation and pinch or shear points for anyone who operates the equipment. However, it is impossible for the manufacturer to foresee any potential hazard with the equipment setup, operation and maintenance once the machine is set up within a production line or manufacturing environment. The responsibility should lie with the end user to conduct a separate risk assessment on initial installation, to recognise potential hazards, and on a regular basis to ensure all machine guards and machine safety equipment are installed and are well maintained and working as required.

Calibrate new and existing equipment
Get a quote online, quick and easy
Return online within 30 days

Guides & Articles

article1_image

Flow Switches Guides

In our definitive guide, we look at what flow switches are, how they work and what they’re used for, as well as the different types that are available.

article1_image

Thermocouples Guide

In our comprehensive guide we look at what thermocouples are, what they’re used for, as well as the different types that are available.

Related Products
Introducing the XCS PL series. Ideal for light ...
Description:
Introducing the XCS PL series. Ideal for light industrial machines fitted with hinged or rotary protective covers with small opening radius e.g. double gate guards2 outputs5° displaced tripping angle4 position turret headIngress protection; IP67Slow break safety contacts with positive opening ...
A compact hinge operated safety interlock switch with ...
Description:
A compact hinge operated safety interlock switch with the option of 2 safety contactsFull IP67 ingress protection on all modelsRotateable head facilities 4 possible shaft positionsOnly 3° of guard movement required to operate2N/C, 1N/O or 3N/C controls hollow shaftForced guided ...
The SI-HG80 series is unique as the safety ...
Description:
The SI-HG80 series is unique as the safety switch has been designed and integrated into a load bearing hinge body. This helps provide a high degree of protection against intentional defeat and mechanical impact reducing accidents, wear and tear and ...
A compact hinge operated safety interlock switch with ...
Description:
A compact hinge operated safety interlock switch with the option of 2 safety contactsFull IP67 ingress protection on all modelsRotateable head facilities 4 possible shaft positionsOnly 3° of guard movement required to operate2N/C, 1N/O or 3N/C controls hollow shaftForced guided ...