As a result of the accident, the HSE issued a prohibition notice on North Yorkshire County Council requiring them to prohibit use of all hand held polishing cloths on lathes by staff and
students. We are therefore asking you, as a matter of urgency, to review your practices on lathes and ensure the following actions are carried out:
1. Your school formally prohibits the use of polishing cloths by staff and students whilst working with lathes and that this requirement is brought to the attention of all staff.
2. A safer alternative practice be introduced to reduce the risk of entanglement. This may involve use of a dedicated polishing machine, use of jigs to prevent the risk of entanglement or
other safe procedure that avoids use of handheld polishing cloths.
Please see a link to an
HSE information sheet on this.