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Power Press Examinations

PUWER – The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, requires that Power Presses with automatic, photoelectric or interlocking guards are inspected every 6 months. Power Presses with fixed guards or enclosed tooling should be examined every 12 months, by a competent person.

Power Press Examinations are referred to in the Health and Safety Executive Guidance Note HSG236, which requires a power press to be “thoroughly examined” including the examination of internal / enclosed parts using various non-destructive techniques such as magnetic particle testing.

HSG 236 Thorough Examination

Power presses: maintenance and thorough examination (HSG 236) includes specific reference to the safety of power press electrical control circuits, including a requirement for up to date circuit diagrams.

A Power Press Examination is required:

  • Initially, on commissioning of the power press
  • Periodic examination, where additional testing may be required

This will require particular checks to be performed at the ‘initial’ thorough examination of a press and may also require additional testing to be performed at the ‘periodic’ examination and test.

ISI offer a professional power press examination service to press users, in line with our wide range of engineering inspection and testing services.

Please call our power press testing specialists on 01675 481779 for advice and information

More information available from the HSE:

Procedures for daily inspection and testing of mechanical power presses and press brakes (pdf file)

Power presses: A summary of guidance on maintenance and thorough examination (pdf file)

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