Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Guards and protection devices.


33. An employer shall ensure that—

(a) work equipment presenting risk due to falling objects or projections is fitted with appropriate safety devices corresponding to the risk,

(b) work equipment presenting hazards due to emissions of gas, vapour, liquid or dust is fitted with appropriate containment devices, extraction devices, or both, near the sources of the hazard,

(c) work equipment and parts of such equipment are, where necessary for the safety and health of employees, stabilised by clamping or some other means,

(d) where there is a risk of rupture or disintegration of parts of work equipment, likely to pose significant danger to the safety and health of employees, appropriate protection measures are taken,

(e) where there is a risk of physical contact with moving parts of work equipment which could lead to accidents, those parts are provided with guards or protection devices to prevent access to danger zones or to halt movement of dangerous parts before the danger zones are reached,

(f) guards and protection devices where required under subparagraph (e)—

(i) are of robust construction,

(ii) do not give rise to any additional hazard,

(iii) are not easily removed or rendered inoperative,

(iv) are situated at sufficient distance from the danger zone,

(v) do not restrict more than necessary the view of the operating cycle of the equipment,

(vi) allow operations necessary to fit or replace parts, and

(vii) restrict access for maintenance work only to the area where the work is to be carried out, if possible, without removal of the guard or protection device,

(g) warning devices on work equipment are unambiguous and easily perceived and understood, and

(h) any part of a stock-bar which projects beyond the headstock of a lathe is securely fenced unless it is in such a position as to be safe to employees as it would be if securely fenced.