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Fibre preparation

Opening machinery

Opening machinery should have:

Spare keys should not be available.

Check the British Standards that apply to opening machinery.

Blending, Scouring and Packing Plant

Feed Sheets and Conveyors

Feed sheets and conveyors should have

Blending

Scouring Equipment and Machinery

Check the British Standards that apply to blending, scouring and packing machinery.

Synthetic fibre and topmaking plant

Synthetic fibre and topmaking plant should have:

Check the British Standards that apply to synthetic fibre and topmaking plant machinery.

Carding

Carding machines should have:

Check the British Standards that apply to carding machinery.

Garneting

Garneting machines should be totally guarded with interlocking timed devices that prevent any access until all dangerous movement has ceased.  In addition, they should have:

Spare keys should not be available freely, as these can enable systems to be by-passed.  The use of spare keys should be restricted to essential tasks that cannot be done in any other way and where machine modifications cannot be carried out to allow the tasks to be done with guards closed.  In these circumstances, where prohibition of the use of spare keys would render a machine unusable, spare keys can be used provided there is a full permit to work system and rigorous controls exercised by a responsible manager who issues the key.  Spare keys should be in the possession of a senior person in the company (if required at all) and should be issued according to a register controlling the issue and application.

Check the British Standards that apply to garneting machinery.

Updated 2013-01-09