Practical Machinery Safety

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780750662703
eBook ISBN: 9780080480237
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 16th July 2004
Page Count: 304
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Practical Machinery Safety aims to provide you with the knowledge to tackle machinery safety control problems at a practical level whilst achieving compliance with national and international standards. The book highlights the major international standards that are used to support compliance with EU regulations and uses these standards as a basis for the design procedures. It looks at the risk assessment processes used to identify hazards and to quantify the risks inherent in a machine. It introduces the concepts of safety categories as defined by standard EN954-1 (Safety of Machinery) and illustrates the principles of failsafe design, fault tolerance and self-testing. It also provides an introduction to machinery protection devices such as guards, enclosures with interlocks and guard-monitoring relays, locking systems, safety mats, photo-electric and electro-sensitive principles and the application of light curtains, a study of Safety Control System techniques, and introduces the principles of safety-certified PLCs.

Key Features

  1. Plan and implement safety systems that deliver a safe working environment and compliance with national and international standards.
  2. Apply simple risk assessments and hazard design methods to your own projects
  3. Identify hazards that occur with machinery and know how to deal with them


  • Professional engineers
  • Specialist students
  • Control Engineers & Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineers & Technicians
  • Compliance Engineers
  • Machinery Designers & System Integrators
  • Safety Professionals, Health & Safety Officers
  • Production Managers
  • Automation Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Process Control Engineers
  • Electronic Engineers
  • System Integrators
  • Designers
  • Design Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Test Engineers
  • Electronic Technicians
  • Consulting Engineers

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction to the machinery safety workshop
  2. Guide to Regulations and Standards
  3. Risk assessment and risk reduction
  4. Design procedures for safety controls
  5. Emergency-stop monitoring and the safety relay
  6. Sensors and devices for machinery protection
  7. Application Guidelines for Protection Devices
  8. Programmable Systems for Safety Controls
  9. Introduction to Standards for Programmable Systems Appendix A: Reference and sources of information on machinery safety Appendix B: Glossary Appendix C: Notes on tolerable risk Appendix D: Notes on PUWER. Appendix E: Guide to fault-tree analysis Practical exercises Answers to practical exercises Index


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'..a very practical and useful book which is well worth reading and studying' Health and Safety Review, January/February 2005