Buying and Selling Machinery
All new machinery should be supplied with a CE mark. This is the suppliers claim that the machinery complies with current supply of machinerysafety standards. Such equipment should therefore comply with the safeguarding standards given in the main body of this guidance. This can be verified by use of the machine risk assessment template. Information supplied with the machinery should also be sufficient to inform a risk assessment as to its intended use and to determine maintenance requirements etc.
Any equipment sold or supplied by the University second hand for use by another person or organisation at work, is also covered by the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. So far as is reasonably practicable, it must be safe and fit for purpose. This may require for example the decontamination of equipment or removal of hazardous substances as well as the provision of information as to how to use the equipment safely.
Second hand machinery does not need to be CE marked but must be brought up to full safeguarding standards as specified in the 1998 regulations prior to use. The supplier of any second hand machinery that does not so comply must:
- Inform the purchaser of the non compliance
- Gain a written undertaking from the purchaser that specified steps will be taken to ensure that the machine is be made compliant prior to use
This written undertaking from the purchaser, that specified steps will be taken to safeguard the equipment, is the only way by which the University would be relieved of this duty in relation to the supply of a second hand machine that did not comply with the safeguarding provisions of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.