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Plant maintenance and safety interlocks – myths and facts
01 Aug 2014

In a recent article entitled “Unsafe Maintenance”, Judith Hackitt, chair of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, examined some of the reasons why so many serious accidents and even fatalities continue to occur within processes related to the maintenance of machinery and equipment. Judith identified several common attitudes, concerns or faults which can ultimately lead […]
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Castell Safety - Trapped Key Safety Interlocks, Lockout Tagout Equipment and Drive-away Prevention
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Safety Legislation Overview

Castell provides a range of trapped key interlock and lock out tag out products to enable businesses to manage risk across their operations.

Typical industries that Castell provide safety products for are; manufacturing, industrial, waste and logistics companies. These solutions range from simple padlock based lock out tag out and procedural based systems, to trapped key interlocks for a higher level of integrity to a Salvo loading dock safety system.

Castell products are designed to allow businesses to operate safely, protecting personnel and assets, enabling compliance with standards such as:

  • BS EN 61508 (Functional safety of electrical/electronic/ programmable electronic safety-related systems. Requirements for electrical/electronic/ programmable electronic safety-related systems).
  • BS EN 62061 (Safety of machinery. Functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems).
  • BS EN ISO 13849 (Safety of machinery. Safety-related parts of control systems. Validation). These standards are harmonised across the EU enabling machine suppliers to comply with all the requirements of these markets.

If you are supplying new machinery, the following information will enable you to determine how to successfully market this in the EU: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg270.pdf

Castell recommends, if you are building or retrofitting machinery to be CE marked that you purchase these standards to ensure that our products will provide the required levels of safety.

For more information about CE marking click here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/ce-mark-summary.htm

Risk Assessments

In order to ensure that machinery provide sufficient levels of safety features a Risk Assessment needs to be conducted under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). Details of these regulations can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/puwer.htm

Vehicle Loading and Unloading

The guidance for loading and unloading vehicles safely are covered here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/

If you require assistance in completing a risk assessment or understanding which Castell product to select please contact us and we will be happy to provide information to aid you.

Disclaimer: The above is for guidance only.

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