Spinning machinery should have:

  • all drive parts and shafts guarded or secure by position
  • interlock systems in place where regular access is required
  • rear areas of single sided frames blocked off or fully guarded
  • all brakes working
  • safe systems of work for cleaning
  • mule frames - all carriage wheel guards in place and drive mechanisms guarded at the rear to prevent access
  • machine isolated when employees are working inside the carriage
  • on older machines - emergency stop buttons easily accessible at any point on the machine
  • high speed rubbing frames – limited inch controls fitted and also interlocks to prevent access to rubbing aprons
  • access to headstock for adjustments and minor repairs limited to trained specific employees that follow a documented safe system of work
  • keys for locks kept in the control of a responsible person
  • documented safe systems of work where operators are still picking/piecing ends manually
  • instructions prohibiting loose clothing, jewellery and unsecured hair
  • automatic loading and doffing systems operated by a two handed control from a safe position
  • safe systems of work used for removing laps that include the use of safety knives
  • procedures in place for inspecting brakes and reporting defective brakes

Check the British Standards that apply to spinning machinery.

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Updated 2020-07-30