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Electronic Paper Guillotines Safe Practice

Electronic Paper guillotines can potentially be the cause of nasty accidents if they are not correctly maintained and if the guillotine operator has not been trained correctly.  Employers are responsible for providing training for operating an Electronic Paper guillotine by an appropriately qualified training person.  New staff should be monitored to make sure that they do not develop bad habits when using an Electronic Paper guillotine.  It is a good idea to ensure that your Electronic Paper guillotines receive monthly, weekly or even daily checks and inspections.  Your Electronic Paper guillotine should also be checked after changing the guillotine blade.  It is wise to keep a record of each check or inspection of your Electronic or Powered Paper guillotine.  Such checks should of course be carried out by experienced guillotine operators only.  If at any time your Paper guillotine should fail any particular test, have the guillotine checked over by an appropriately trained guillotine engineer.  Again, a record should be kept that such checks on the paper guillotine have been carried out.  The Health and Safety Executive state that every six months an inspection of your Electronic or Powered Paper guillotine should be carried out to include all safety components, that is to say, all guillotine brakes, clutches, interlocks, switches and cams.  All of these component parts that stop the Paper guillotine from operating when necessary, and which gauge the pressure produced by your Electronic Paper guillotine, must be carried out by a qualified guillotine engineer.  An Electronic Paper guillotine should also receive regular servicing.  If paper guillotines show any sign of behaving strangely this should be immediately checked out by a suitably qualified person.  The Health and Safety Executive suggest that you ask your paper guillotine engineer pertinent questions to check on their capability and competence.  Such questions might relate to the equipment the engineer relies on to check the measurement of clamp beam gauging force of your paper guillotine.  When was the last time this particular tool or equipment calibrated?  Is the engineer certificated to calibrate Electronic or Powered Paper guillotines?  Which other customers' paper guillotines does he look after?  By what criteria does he decide whether a paper guillotine is safe?  Is he able to provide a sample report before he starts work on your paper guillotine / paper guillotines?  Changing the blade or knife on a paper guillotine is a dangerous job.  It is vital to take extra care to prevent accidents and nasty injuries when changing a guillotine blade.  The instructions from your guillotine manufacturer should be followed to the letter.  These instructions should be included in a written safety working procedure specific to the worksite.  Such instructions will normally involve the use of knife handles or slides and supports to facilitate safe removal of the paper guillotine blade or knife.  It is also recommended to use mounting boards for safe transport of paper guillotine blades and knives.  When changing blades or knives of larger paper guillotines it is recommended to have two people carry out the job.  Onlookers should be made to stand back from paper guillotines when blades are being changed.  The guillotine manufacturer's tools and equipment required for paper guillotine blade or knife changing should be made available.  The area around the paper guillotine should be kept as clear as possible to allow for easy transport of the paper guillotine  knife or blade.  Make sure your paper guillotine engineer has the correct tools for the safe change of the paper guillotine blade or knife.  This should include a paper guillotine  knife carrier which is basically a wooden clamp that shields the paper guillotine blade and is held in position by bolts through the wooden frame in which the paper guillotine knife or blade will be transported.  The paper guillotine engineer should also have a crank handle for the fly wheel on paper guillotines.  When buying paper guillotines it is wise to find out what training the supplier can provide with regard to use and maintenance of your paper guillotine. A manual should be provided with the paper guillotine and this should include directions for safe use of the paper guillotine and blade changing.  These should be specific to the paper guillotines involved.  A logbook and tools should be provided with all new paper guillotines.  The logbooks on new paper guillotines are usually numbered and have the same serial numbers as the paper guillotines.  You should receive technical information with new paper guillotines including information regarding the paper guillotines overall stopping performance and gauging force.  When siting a new paper guillotine carry out a risk assessment.  This risk assessment should also relate to maintaining and operating the paper guillotine.  Training on the paper guillotine should also be taken into account for paper guillotine operators and their supervisors.  Many Electronic or Powered Paper guillotines that are manufactured outside the European Community do NOT comply with current UK Health and Safety laws and often safeguards such as photoelectric barriers are "Optional Extras".  In the UK these are NOT "Optional" extras but absolutely essential by law.  When buying or leasing a new paper guillotine ensure that you deal with reputable supplier who can provide a full after-sales service including training for your paper guillotine operators and maintenance.  Be extremely careful when looking to buy a second-hand paper guillotine.  It may be up for sale because it no longer meets Health and Safety regulations.  Controls that require the use of two hands simultaneously should be fitted to all paper guillotines.  Older paper guillotines may not have this.  Both buttons should be operated within half a second of each other before the guillotine will operate.  If one button is released before the paper guillotine has performed a cut, both buttons should have to be released and pressed again for the paper guillotine to work.  The paper guillotine's operating buttons should be sufficiently far apart for it to be impossible for the paper guillotine to be operated by one hand.  If one or both buttons are released the paper guillotine should stop immediately or return the paper guillotine blade to "top dead centre".  These rough guidelines are very general and the precise requirements of individual paper guillotine types and models of paper guillotine should be checked out with the guillotine manufacturer or supplier and more importantly with the guidelines in the Health and Safety Executive book "Safety at Power Operated Paper Cutting Guillotines".  Photoelectric (electro sensitive) safety systems for power-operated paper guillotines should meet certain minimum standards with full function monitoring (FFM for short) as the lowest acceptable level for old paper guillotines.  Some older paper guillotines will require certain modifications such as the removal of the fully automated cutting facility. New guillotines will need to meet more stringent standards.  Paper guillotines prior to 1974 with original photoelectric guards will not be of the required safety standard and new guarding systems will need to be installed.  Paper guillotines supplied after 1987 should be equipped with photoelectric guards that meet British Standard BS 6491: Part 2, or an equivalent standard.  Electronic Paper guillotines supplied after 1st January 1995 should be "CE" marked and comply with the "Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992" as amended.  The main points to look for when checking photo electronic safety systems, interlocking guards and automatic sweep away guards are available from the Health and Safety Executive website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/PUBNS/indg282.pdf   Sweep away guards on paper guillotines should NOT be changed for electro sensitive systems if the paper guillotine's knife drive is fitted with an unsuitable brake, that is to say, a band brake or an electromagnetically actuated brake.  Body push guards fitted to electronic paper guillotines are no longer considered adequate safety devices.  Paper guillotines fitted with body push guards should have been withdrawn from service in 1993.  Paper guillotine Services should be thorough and be designed to satisfy routine maintenance and periodic inspection guidelines now a legal requirement under the provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1999 and Approved Code of Practice.