Hand Fed Platen Health and Safety
Keep Your Operators and Hand Fed Platen Die Cutting Machines Safe
The safety of hand fed platen die cutting machines are governed by HSE regulations. Hand fed platens are high risk machines and fatalities have occurred in the past. What you need to do will largely be governed by the size of the machine, and if whole body access is possible.
If access to your machine is less than 1m wide, there is no foreseeable risk of whole body access. However there will still be the risk of hand/arm injuries and existing guarding standards will still be needed.
Where whole body access is more than 1.4m wide, you will need to follow the guidance in full. Where access is between 1m and 1.4m wide, you will need to assess whether whole body access is reasonably foreseeable, which is when HSE guidance will apply in full (click on PDF below for further details)