Power presses and process machinery
Requirements for examinations of power presses are covered in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) as applied to power presses.
This requires that power presses with automatic, photo-electric or interlocking guards are thoroughly examined every six months. Power presses with fixed guards or enclosed tools should be thoroughly examined every 12 months.
Process machines with guards should also be inspected regularly, although intervals are not specified. For paper guillotines and injection moulding machines, there are guidance notes which recommend periodic safety inspections.
Other guarded machinery with safety devices that are prone to deterioration will require an inspection under PUWER Regulation 6. Although intervals are not specified, the frequency is determined from the machines PUWER Assessment.
Engineering Inspection Department
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