Compliance is a software package, which has been developed by Ensure, to simplify the machinery risk assessment process

The Programme follows the principles of EN ISO14121-1 Safety of Machinery – risk assessment Part 1: Principles  and is pre-loaded with all of the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive and the requirements of the Provision and use of work equipment regulations (PUWER). The software incorporates information from key European Standards.

Compliance has sections to record details of the machine, the assessment team, hazard analysis, specifications for guards and protection devices plus conclusions and sign-off. The hazard analysis can be used to identify, track and action safety issues.

The layout of Compliance software closely follows the layout of EN-Sure’s risk assessment manual.

Risk Assessment

Compliance guides you through all the stages of risk assessment required by EN 1050; hazard identification, risk estimation, risk evaluation and risk reduction and uses the database of machinery hazards recommended by EN 292 Safety of machinery – Basic concepts, general principles for design.

A "suggestions" feature has been included in Compliance, which is particularly useful for people who are unfamiliar with machinery risk assessment, proposing suggestions for both hazards and acceptable risk reduction methods.

For a risk assessment to comply with EN 1050, you must consider more than 60 different hazards. Compliance makes this task easy by dividing the hazards into groups and allowing you to dip in and out of these sections at will.

• Mechanical • Substances
• Electrical • Ergonomic
• Thermal • Failures
• Noise • Missing
• Radiation • Hygiene

Compliance tracks your progress with the hazard section buttons changing colour as you work.

Red – No hazards addressed
Amber – Hazards partially addressed
Green – Section completed

Compliance’s risk assessment page is divided into four sections.

Hazard Identification’ displays the hazard being considered (e.g. Mechanical – Crushing) with space for you to describe when and where on the machine the hazard occurs.

‘Risk Estimation’ has drop-down selections for severity of injury and frequency of exposure to the hazard that allow you to analyse the hazard.

‘Risk Evaluation’ Each estimate of risk has a numerical value which Compliance uses to generate a risk rating. The assessment can display the risk ratings per hazard and can also provide an overall risk
rating for the machine.

‘Risk Reduction’ reminds you of the hierarchy for risk reduction; a) by design, b) by safeguarding and c) by providing information.

If you need help, suggestions are available for every hazard which can be viewed and added to your assessment:-

If you want to know what the law says you have to do to reduce or eliminate a hazard, an information button takes you to the relevant clause of the Machinery Directive or PUWER and the legislation is cross referenced to the European standards which provide the detail of how to comply with that requirement.

Safety Issues

During the risk assessment you may identify safety issues on the machine. Compliance allows you to record actions for each hazard, and assign them to a responsible person. Reports track outstanding actions. The actions can be expanded into Safety Issues that can be viewed and managed within the software.

Guards and protection devices
Compliance includes sections for recording details and checking the conformity of guards and protection devices. Help pages with data from EN 294 allow you to check the dimensions of guards and the size of apertures in guards. Compliance also includes data from EN 954-1 to help you select the correct category of safety control circuit for your machine.

Assessment Completion

The sign-off procedure ensures that assessments cannot be completed unless all hazards have been addressed and any actions, which have been identified during the risk assessment process, are completed.

The completed assessment report can be stored in Compliance or saved as a Word or PDF file – ideal for email transmission.

Blank assessments can also be printed so that assessments can be performed away from the computer:-

Reports available from Compliance include:-

• Progress report on assessments not complete
• Tracking of corrective actions
• Hazards not answered
• Hazards responded N/A
• Assessment proforma
• Completed assessment
• Completed assessment by section
• Listing of Essential Safety Requirements