Non-woven felting

Felting machines should have:

  • isolation controls, inching buttons and emergency stops fitted and within easy reach of all sizes of operatives
  • cross-lappers correctly guarded or fenced to prevent easy access
  • where large rolls of materials are doffed automatically - warning signals in operation and retaining barriers in place to prevent contact with employees
  • material cutting and trimming devices guarded
  • conveyor systems guarded at access and nip points and at any hazards that arise when movement is in reverse
  • where employees need to access machines or equipment at height - steps and ladders are substantial and of a safe design, hazard permits used and specific employees named and trained for the work
  • spare and replacement cutting and trimming blades stored safely
  • all in-running nips properly guarded to prevent access
  • dust and fume extractor units in operation and recorded inspections made at weekly intervals
  • system in place for checking the function of all isolation, emergency stop and control buttons prior to daily start up
  • documented safe system in force for lifting and handling material at both feed and doff areas
  • safe system or work permit in force for removing, fitting and sharpening blades and only named, trained and competent operators work at the machines
  • where hot parts, steam and presses are used - ¬†employees follow a documented safe system for adjustments and valve controls
  • where dust and fumes have been identified as a hazard - documented safe systems followed eg RPE, vacuum cleaning, extraction units etc
  • when dust bags require emptying - a written safe system of work is followed and employees supervised regularly
  • where employees need to access machines or equipment at height (eg dust bag collars) - steps and ladders are substantial and of a safe design, hazard permits used and specific employees named and trained for the work

Spare keys should not be available.

Check the British Standards that apply to felting machinery.

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Updated 2020-07-30