It is clear that manufacturing companies are finding such assessments to be the ideal way to rapidly and cost-effectively obtain a dependable 'snapshot' view of the safety of individual machines.
Every assessment is conducted by a competent consultant with detailed knowledge of machinery and the relevant safety regulations and standards - even if the machinery or equipment is highly specialised. For each item of plant that is assessed, a report is prepared that presents the consultant's analysis of the hazards and countermeasures - typically covering guarding, interlocks and control circuits.
Should any unacceptable risks be identified, suggestions for improvements are included within the report. Where necessary, a further detailed risk assessment can be undertaken, including a Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) assessment. If appropriate, a cost estimate can be provided for upgrading the plant to meet current standards. Where there are significant numbers of machines to be modified, the Pilz consultant can assist with prioritising the actions in accordance with the risks present.
In some cases Plant Assessments are used by manufacturing companies that are unsure of the current safety status of their plant in relation to today's standards; elsewhere companies use the Pilz consultants as a means of releasing internal resources for other projects, perhaps production-related.