- Danger areas should be clearly marked and access restricted by barriers, especially at cutting tables
- Warning signals should be fitted to indicate when blade is in motion on motorised and automatic cutting tables
- Trip guards or other devices in operation should be used to prevent access where lay up machines are in use
- Machines should be fitted with automatic adjustable guards to fully cover the exposed part of the cutting blade
- Make sure that electrical conductors in good condition
- Five-finger chain mail gloves should beavailable for use that fit all operators and worn at all times during cutting work and when handling blades
- Regularly check the condition of the light, guard and table fittings
- Put an effective cleaning system in operation that prevents build up of fluff, fly and off cuts
- Document a safe system of work for changing and disposing of cutter blades
- Old blades should be disposed of in a safe manner that precludes their use as DIY hand knives etc
The following guidance is also available from the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT).
- Band knife fabric cutting machines - KDL 4 Rec 1
Check the British Standards that apply to fabric cutting machinery.