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Survey on the manipulation of protective devices

The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA) is conducting a survey to assess the current relevance of this topic. The survey asks, among other things, how the participants view the current level of defeating and what measures could contribute to reducing this level. The survey is aimed at

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Assessing the incentive to defeat protective devices on machines – new!

The Excel spreadsheet for assessing the incentive to defeat protective devices on machines has been revised and provided with new instructions. The former app is no longer available. A new app is currently being developed. The Excel spreadsheet and instructions can be found here .

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Checklist „Defeating of protective devices“

The “For Users” section now contains a new checklist for preventing the defeating of protective devices. The questions on the purchasing process, on the suitability of the machine and protective devices, and on employee guidance describe the most important measures against defeating.

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For manufacturers:

Several studies revealed that about 1/3 of all protective equipment on machinery is defeated. Often, the design of protective devices hampers machine operation. Insofar, this is a foreseeable misuse the manufacturer has to take into account already when constructing the machine. According to European legislation, this situation leads …


For suppliers:

Also machine suppliers are called upon to make their contribution to reducing defeat of protective equipment. It is to be noted that the supplier takes over the manufacturer´s responsibilities when he places the machinery on the Community market for the first time. This may be the case e.g. when importing the machinery from a non-EEC country …


For users:

A machinery operator can provide a significant contribution to avoiding defeat of protective equipment on machinery: on the one hand when purchasing new machinery lest “problematic machinery” be introduced into the shop. On the other hand by taking quick and effective measures where defeat of protective equipment on other machinery has been detected …


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