It is not only dangerous but also illegal to remove a guard from a machine unless you need to clean or repair it.
Only trained personnel may clean or repair items of plant which require guarding to be removed. Equipment which is to be cleaned must be isolated electrically. The electrical supply should be locked out and a notice should be fixed to the switch point advising that re-connection of the supply can be hazardous.
If any part of the equipment you are using is unguarded you should stop work immediately, isolate the plant concerned, and report the matter to the safety officer without delay.
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This information is derived from the Health & Safety Manual and Kit
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