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Safe Use of Machinery Toolkit

Below are example tools to will help you to identify, assess, control, document and monitor machine related hazards. The tools provided are ‘examples only’ and you should take the time to think about your own business and develop tools, systems and processes that meets the needs of your situation.

IDENTIFY - Hazard checklist

The first step in the hazard management process is to identify hazards – anything that could injure or harm someone.

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ASSESS - Risk rating table

Every identified hazard must be assessed to see if it is a significant hazard – something that could cause serious harm.

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ISOLATE – Choose the right guard

Choosing the right guard for the machine will create a physical barrier between a worker and the dangerous parts of the machinery.

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CONTROL - Hierarchy of controls

If you’ve identified and assessed a hazard as significant, it must be controlled using the hierarchy of controls.

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CONTROL – Safe system of work checklist

A safe system of work means the steps taken to minimise the risk of the hazard when completing a specific task or set of tasks.

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CONTROL – Design process examples

Many hazards can be eliminated through machine design.

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DOCUMENT - Sample job safety analysis

Documenting your chosen control measures helps show you have met your legal obligations.

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MONITOR - Keeping workers engaged

Run a series of talking point sessions relating to different machine hazard topics.

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MONITOR - Regular monitoring and review process

Once control measures are in place, they must be regularly monitored and reviewed.

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Last updated 9 June 2014


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.