Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995

  • This version was replaced on 8 August 2018 to make a correction to regulation 2 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
17 Cleaning, maintenance, or repair of machinery

(1)

Subject to subclause (2), every employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure, in relation to every workplace under the control of that employer, that, where the cleaning, maintenance, or repair of any machinery while the whole or a part of the machinery is moving may cause harm to any employee, the machinery is not cleaned, maintained, or repaired—

(a)

until every part of the machinery, including any extension or attachment, has been secured against movement, including inadvertent movement; and

(b)

until every control device has been secured in the inoperative position by the use of locks or lock-out procedures or other equally effective means.

(2)

Every employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure, in relation to any machinery to which subclause (1) applies, that, where it is essential to the process that the machinery performs, or to the procedure for cleaning, maintaining, or repairing the machinery, that the whole or a part of the machinery remains in motion during cleaning, maintenance, or repair,—

(a)

a procedure is established for the carrying out of the cleaning, maintenance, or repair in a safe manner; and

(b)

the procedure contains at least the following features:

(i)

no employee who has not been adequately trained for the purpose shall carry out the cleaning, maintenance, or repair:

(ii)

where it is essential that a part of the machinery remains moving, only that part shall be set in motion; and

(c)

the procedure is followed on every occasion to which it applies.

Regulation 17(1): amended, on 4 April 2016, by section 232 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (2015 No 70).

Regulation 17(2): amended, on 4 April 2016, by section 232 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (2015 No 70).