- Make sure that robust needle guards fitted and used
- Carry out a risk assessment on the provision of eye guards
- Check that lighting is adequate and stays on when the motor is switched off, eg for safe threading.
- Vee belt and pulley drives are guarded
- Seating allows for good posture and ease of movement
- Electrical wiring is supplied from overhead or otherwise to avoid cables on floors
- Where automated making-up machines are in use, give special consideration to additional guarding requirements
- Put a system in place to inspect guards, needles and work areas on a weekly basis
- Guards should be adjusted for each individual operator's finger size
- A safe system of work includes removing feet from treadle when threading and changing needles
- Power should be switched off when carrying out adjustments and needle changing
The following guidance is also available from the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT).
- Sewing machine guarding and installation - KDL 4 Rec 9
Check the British Standards that apply to sewing machines.