In the UK, guidance pertaining to the standards of the safety equipment and for the safe operation of paper cutting guillotines is contained in a document issued by the Printing Industry Advisory Committee, (P.I.A.C) and endorsed by the national Health & Safety Commission.
The first PIAC document was published in 1988, with a subsequent revision in 1999 titled "The Guide to Safe Use of Power-Operated Paper Cutting Guillotines" (ISBN 0-7176-1707-6), available from HSE Books.
The advice in the book is divided into five sections:
Guillotine Owners/Users should pay particular attention to Section 2 Page 20, where the legal requirements pertaining to guillotine safety are laid out.
For older guillotines, compliance with the PIAC guidance, will ensure that users responsibilities under the following regulations will be met:
For new machines manufactured after July 2002, for use within the EEC:
* i.e. a combination of technical knowledge, awareness and experience that should be acquired by guillotine engineers so that they can effectively fulfil their responsibilities.
DIE CUTTERS & HAND FED PLATENS
Hand-fed platens are high-risk machines. Their use is covered by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).1 The action you need to take to comply with these regulations will largely depend on the size of the machine, together with how it is used. The key test is whether whole-body access between the platens is reasonably foreseeable.
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