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Machinery Guarding Safety Audits

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 place duties on people and companies, who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment.  Machine Guarding Audit

As part of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requirements, we can provide machinery guarding audits and risk assessments in line with specific guarding standards.

SMS Europe are members of the British Standards Institute and have access to all current British Standards for guarding so can evaluate the guarding of your machinery against the following standards for example:

  • BS EN 953:1997+A1:2009 Safety of machinery. Guards. General requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards
  • BS EN ISO 13857:2008 Safety of machinery. Safety distances to prevent hazard zones being reached by upper and lower limbs
  • BS EN 349:1993+A1:2008 Safety of machinery. Minimum gaps to avoid crushing of parts of the human body
  • BS EN ISO 14121-1:2007 Safety of machinery. Risk assessment Principles
  • ISO 13849-1, Safety of machinery. Safety-related parts of control systems. General principles for design
  • BS EN 12851:2005+A1:2010. Food processing machinery. Catering attachments for machines having an auxiliary drive hub. Safety and hygiene requirements
  • BS EN ISO 14122-3:2001+A1:2010. Safety of machinery. Permanent means of access to machinery Stairways, stepladders and guard-rail
  • BS EN 12301:2000+A1:2008. Plastics and rubber machines. Calenders. Safety requirements
  • BS EN ISO 11111:1996. Safety requirements for textile machinery
  • BS EN 422:2009. Plastics and rubber machines. Blow moulding machines. Safety requirements
  • BS EN 1974:1998+A1:2009. Food processing machinery. Slicing machines. Safety and hygiene requirements
  • BS EN 1678:1998+A1:2010. Food processing machinery. Vegetable cutting machines. Safety and hygiene requirements

Our audits can also include reviewing the elements of The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.

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Machinery Guarding Audits

Machinery Guarding Assessments and Audits

What does the law say on guarding?

Specifically the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 say that employers should:

Take effective measures to prevent access to the dangerous parts of machinery. Normally, this would be by fixed guarding. Where routine access is needed, interlocked guards may be needed to stop the movement of dangerous parts before a person can reach the danger zone(sometimes these types of guard will also have guard locking). Where this is not possible – such as with the spindle of a drill – it must be protected as far as possible and a safe system of work used. These protective measures should follow the hierarchy laid down in PUWER regulation 11(2) and the PUWER Approved Code of Practice and guidance
If you would like to know if all your machinery is properly guarded and meeting the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, you may decide to have a machinery guarding audit. A Machinery Guarding Audit conducted by one our Health and Safety Consultants will help identify the Guarding Safety issues within your organisation and can act as a starting point for developing your machinery safety issues. Audits can be carried out on a stand-alone basis or can be part of a tailored Health and Safety/Competent person service.

Machinery Safety Audit

Examples of the types of equipment we have carried out guarding audits on:


CNC Lathes

Milling Machines


Winding Machines

Printing Presses

Woodworking Machines

Circular Saws

Bobbin Sanders

Vertical Spindle Moulders

Multi Head Moulders

Crosscut Saws

Rip Saws

Tenoning Machines

Morticing Machines




Pressure Vessels


Ovens/Rotary Ovens


Hand Filled Lines

Metal Detectors

Sieving Machine

Slicing Machines

Industrial Autoclave

Thermo-Pack Machines






Our auditors are Health and Safety Consultants who are members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, with at least five years experience..

Areas of the UK can we deliver Health and Safety Audits

We have nationwide coverage for Machinery Guarding Safety auditing and regularly carry out audits across the country including London and the South East, Bristol and the South West, Birmingham, Midlands, Leeds, Yorkshire Manchester, Liverpool, Middlesbrough. Newcastle, Edinburgh and Scotland.

Call us now for a chat about your machinery safety audit requirements on 0845 2240028.