Machinery safety article, HSE

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Ensuring and improving the safety of machines is an integral part of sustainable operations.

Safe machinery protects workers from accidents and illness, reduces absenteeism and costs, and improves productivity. Taking care of the safety and compliance of the machines can also reduce insurance premiums and possible legal costs.

(Source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/business/business-benefits.htm)

With the help of AFRY's machinery safety experts, the client ensures that new, modernized and machines already in use are safe to use and meet the requirements. AFRY provides machine safety services to, among others, machine builders and designers, production facilities and employers. We help to identify the hazards associated with machines and to find suitable safety solutions for both new machines and existing machines.

Our experienced machinery safety experts know the machinery safety responsibilities associated with industrial plant projects and use the expertise to ensure that the necessary measures are taken in accordance with the requirements and on time. With the help of functional safety services, the contribution of the safety-related control systems to risk reduction as part of the overall safety of the machine can be guaranteed.

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When planning a new production plant or machine line, the responsibilities and obligations related to the safety of the machinery must be taken into account. The employer can also become the manufacturer of the machine or assembly of machinery and therefore also the responsible for CE marking when purchasing a new machine or machine line. It is important to agree on the manufacturer's liability when purchasing the machinery, and AFRY's machinery safety experts will help to ensure the desired distribution of responsibilities upon purchase of machinery.

Examples of our machine safety services:

  • Machinery safety management during the project and support to the project organization
  • Procurement of machinery - AFRY's experts help to identify the obligations arising from the procurement of machinery to the client, to prepare documentation related to the procurement to ensure the safety of machinery and the division of responsibilities, and to assist in the procurement of machinery
  • Services related to the CE marking of machinery and assemblies of machinery
  • Risk assessments of machinery and / or assemblies of machinery, e.g. risk assessment according to standard ISO 12100
  • Risk assessments in accordance with the occupational health and safety laws and regulations
  • Training for machine operators and other personnel
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Assessing the risk of the machinery and ensuring compliance is an essential part of modernizing or modifying the machine and is a prerequisite for the safe operation of the machine after modernization and renewal.

  • Machinery safety management during the project and support to the project organization
  • Assessing the need for CE marking, e.g. substantial change
  • Assessing the safety level of the machinery and recommending protective measures
  • Machinery risk assessments during the project, e.g. risk assessment according to standard ISO 12100
  • Final inspection of the machine to ensure safety
  • Training for machine operators and other personnel
Machinery Safety in Workplaces Arrow pointing right

The employer is responsible for the safety of the machines in use. With the help of AFRY's machinery safety experts, the client is ensure that the machines meet the requirements and, if necessary, receive solutions to improve the level of safety.

  • Risk assessments for machines and the work environment in which the machines are used
  • Independent machinery safety audits
  • Assessing the safety level of the machinery and recommending protective measures
  • Training for machine operators and other personnel
  • Consultancy services for the purchase of machines and machine lines
Functional Safety of Machinery Arrow pointing right

Safety-related control systems for machinery perform safety functions specified in the risk assessment in order to reduce risks. Hazardous movements can be protected, for example, by an interlocking guard, which sends a stop command if the guard is opened during the operation of hazardous movements. AFRY helps to ensure the suitability of safety functions and that functional safety processes comply with relevant standards.

Examples of AFRY's functional safety services:

  • Review of functional safety processes
  • Design of safety functions from component selection to the control logic of safety functions
  • Creating safety function specification documents
  • SISTEMA calculations
  • Validation activities such as creating an analysis and test plan
  • Training for machinery designers and other personnel
Laura Lehtonen - CMSE® Certified Machinery Safety Expert, HSE Technology Manager, Process Industries Division
Laura Lehtonen
CMSE® Certified Machinery Safety Expert, HSE Technology Manager, Process Industries Division

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Anna Savunen - Head of Global HSE Services
Anna Savunen
Head of Global HSE Services

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