Risk assessments are encountered in almost every walk of life, but when it comes to machinery, a formal risk assessment needs certain requirements to be fulfilled, and the person performing the risk assessment must be competent to do so.
Typically a risk assessment will be performed when CE marking a machine in accordance with the requirements of the Machinery Directive and when machinery or work equipment is being upgraded, modified or interlinked to other machinery.
While some companies have personnel who are competent to perform formal risk assessments on machinery, others appreciate the criticalness of the task and therefore select the support of Pilz engineers who not only have the required knowledge of applicable legislation, but also have the ability to suggest suitable risk reduction measures which are both practical and cost effective.
Each assessment should identify the hazards present, estimate and evaluate the risks, and determine and outline the measures that may be applied to reduce the risks to acceptable levels.
As part of the risk assessment, all applicable standards, regulations and best industry practises should be identifiied, a statement of the machine's limits should be prepared, and all hazards throughout the relevant machine lifecycle phases should be examined.
Furthermore, if the client requires ongoing support, Pilz can provide engineering services to take the safety concept forward, and even implement the risk reduction measures and the upgrades required. Alternatively, the client can take the consultants' risk assessment report and carry out the necessary work in-house.
1 Jan 1970
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