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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - safe use of machinery

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures associated with the use of machinery.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Safe Use of Machinery is to ensure all staff are fully aware of the potential risks, what can happen if machinery is not used properly and what should be done to minimise the risk of an accident.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the hazards and risks including personal injury caused by workpieces being ejected from revolving machinery and electrocution.


Control measures include securing workpieces correctly, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and making sure guards are in place.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Only use machinery that you have been trained to use and check it for damage before using it.
  • Never operate machinery when guards are not in place.
  • Never override interlock switches - they are provided for your safety.
  • Always report any damage to electrical equipment.