A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

6   Machines, Equipment, Tools and Processes

This section covers siting, safety guards and devices, safe working practices.

Schools and colleges with woodworking machines will need to comply with the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998). They will be able to do this either by installing new machinery that meets the braking requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998), or by upgrading their machinery so that braking requirements are met.

Risk assessments of the classroom will also be required, and if that risk assessment indicates that a wall mounted emergency stop is necessary due to the special circumstances within the classroom environment, then the school/college will need to satisfy themselves that the emergency stop allows compliance with PUWER. The risk assessment will also need to adequately address the risk of kick-back and classroom management.

Therefore all fixed machinery and equipment must meet the requirements of all safety regulations and expert advice should be sought before fixing positions. All machinery must be to a standard to meet statutory regulations, and be subject to regular, systematic maintenance.

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