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FEATURE WORKPLACE SAFETY


ENGINEERING THE GLOBE Making the world a better place


Warren Spiers, managing director of Spiers Engineering Safety, looks at why it is important for countries to ensure they have the very best in manufacturing procedures in place


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f we truly believe in the old adage that “Behind every successful man there is a


strong woman” - then we may consider that the reason why so many leading nations are where they are today is their achievements in engineering. Of course, there are many different aspects of engineering that can and do add to the well being of citizens of countries that make sure they invest heavily in engineering excellence. One feature of engineering that helps nations put themselves firmly on the map is manufacturing. Indeed, manufacturing plays a huge role in modern society, as everything from knitting textiles to oil extraction to steel production falls within this sector of business. However, it is essential for any manufacturing company to not only produce items that will quench the thirst of their chosen market but also implement proper safety procedures such as CE marking for all the machines they use. And although it might be easy to think that some of the advanced machines we use have a mind of their own, these industrial tools still need to be made safe by us. Championing ‘statutory compliance’ in the industrial manufacturing sector is normally within the remit of Safety, Engineering, Project or Operations managers. The aim which everyone is trying to achieve is ‘invisible compliance’. This is a state achieved by building compliance (and the maintenance of compliance) into the ways of working such that the contributor does not recognise any particular task as one solely for the purpose of compliance management or recording. Riskmach software can help achieve this, by providing a platform to achieve invisible compliance when managing risk.


TEXTILE FACTORIES Companies that process raw wool, cotton and flax to make cloth are categorised under the clothing and textiles sector. This also applies to use wool and cloth to make clothes, outerwear, upholstery fabrics and bedding. Nonetheless, bosses of factories involved in what can be a demanding industry with tight deadlines and the adherence of strict HSE regulations still need to make sure they only use machines that have been tested by authoritative bodies. It goes without saying that companies manufacturing clothes and other textile-reliant products that only deal with firms that comply with safety regulations for design and manufacture of industrial machines such as CE marking with European Conformity when buying new machines for their business are going to be amongst the leaders in this sector. And not only is CE marking on machinery a good thing for the companies using the equipment to get their orders out but also the customers they supply their products to every month too.


ELECTRONIC GOODS Most people that have recently bought the very latest in smartphone or laptop computer are not really going to be thinking about all the work that needed to be carried out to produce the product they are now the new proud owner of. Of course, businesspeople charged with the manufacture of a variety of electronic products such as the ones mentioned above will be more than aware of what is needed to ensure all the items they supply are engineered and delivered using the best method possible. Providers of electronic gadgets and related products that do go that extra mile with regards to the safety of the machines they use will use the services of companies specialising in CE marking. However, as there are numerous regulations and directives regarding CE marking for a huge variety of industries, clothing manufacturers should find out whether the company they contract for this essential engineering implementation specialise in the directive they require.


METAL WORKERS Whereas the industries already mentioned in this article are considered to be a light industry in terms of the products they specialise in, the manufacturing of metal for tools and other equipment is classed as industrial. And as the production of metals includes all forms of iron,


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aluminium and steel manufacturing, as well as forging, engraving, coating and stamping, there is no wonder that an array of industrial machinery is needed to carry out the associated work procedures. Entrepreneurs that are thinking of getting involved with a specific type of engineering business are bound to look online for well-written articles providing them with the information they need which could be useful for people who would like to learn more about the different kinds of industrial sectors with regard to business aspirations. In addition to getting more information on various engineering opportunities, business-minded folk would be wise to think about the safety procedures that will need to be followed.


Warren Spiers is the managing director of Spiers Engineering Safety, a UK Based machine safety consultancy. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Warren’s extensive knowledge of PUWER, CE Marking, Functional Safety and machine safety legislation has helped support hundreds of manufacturing businesses to become safer and more compliant over the last eight years. He is also the creator of the innovative risk management and compliance software, RiskMach.


Spiers Engineering Safety www.spierssafety.co.uk RiskMach www.riskmach.co.uk


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