Les Young
MIET., SIIRSM., TechIOSH., FSEng.
Managing Director
and Principal Consultant

Welcome to Astute Machinery Consultants

Astute Machinery consultants specialises and prides itself in providing a
highly competent, highly professional and reliable first-class machinery
consultancy service to our clients’ – with the credentials to prove it…

It’s as simple as that…

Whilst our primary aim is to help and support our clients in ensuring their machines are safe and compliant to all the applicable directives, standards and local regulations for the machinery they manufacture or operate, our professional approach is always focused on our clients’ ‘real’ needs, issues and concerns. We do this by ensuring that we fully engage and work closely with our clients’ using a collaborative approach in the services we provide to them – whilst simultaneously understanding the need for compliant safety solutions that also allows clients to maximise production.

This approach is possible as our consultants (who are also Engineers), are highly qualified, and have many years of experience in the field of machinery safety, compliance and certification across a wide range of industry sectors. Our consultants understand the need for machines to be able to manufacture products in the safest possible way, and one of our fundamental principles is to deliver our reports in such a way that they are understood by the client.

To support this principle – “We will never deliver a report by the easiest possible means and then walk away from a client leaving them wondering what to do next…”

This system of working when used in conjunction with our approachability, reliability and professionalism, are key reasons why our consultants ‘personal clients’ have come back to them time and time again, and we take pride in the long-term relationships our consultants have established with their clients’ in helping and supporting them to make and keep their machines safe, compliant and productive.

Our company has been purposely set up as an ‘Independent’ provider of machinery safety and compliance services, without any formal ties to corporate manufacturers of machinery safety devices or components. This independence allows us to focus on our clients ‘real needs’ without the distraction or complications of any single corporate component manufacturer financially backing the consultants work. It also allows us to recommend the right safety product, component or solution, for the right application, whilst still adhering to the ‘hierarchy of control’ and all the appropriate directives, regulations and standards for reducing the levels of risk from machinery.

Our operational consultants are TÜV Rhineland Certified Functional Safety Engineers, and also hold EU or national specialist accreditation and registration in their respective knowledge and technology fields such as Functional Safety, Electrical Engineering, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, they have knowledge of COSHH, LOLER, DSEAR and ATEX, and Les is also IOSH qualified for the Noise Assessment of machinery.

As well as holding these high level qualifications, our consultants also hold membership of professional bodies that are recognised worldwide such as ‘Technical’ membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (TechIOSH), ‘Specialist’ membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SIIRSM), and membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET). With this level of competency added to our many years experience in the field of machinery safety and compliance, we are able to pursue our aim to provide a professional single point of contact for wide range of machinery safety services, such as:

  • For ‘End User’ clients we offer services such as pre-delivery CE Mark and standards compliance validation of machinery either before or during factory acceptance testing, formal machinery based risk assessments (which is not the same as a task based risk assessment), and PUWER assessments. We can support the CE Marking of newly created ‘complex assemblies’, and the re-CE Marking of machinery that has been substantially modified or manufactured ‘in-house’, as any machines built ‘in-house’ for the end-user’s own internal use – still legally require a CE mark…
  • For machine builders and OEM’s, our services include standards compliance support, initial machinery design support, post design assessment, and overall compliance assessment for the CE Marking of new machinery, or re-CE Marking of machinery that they have substantially modified or refurbished under the scope of the Machinery Directive.

But it doesn’t end there…. We are also able to support clients from a practical machine automation perspective thanks to our ‘Alliance Associates’ who can provide machinery safety and automation upgrade and remediation solutions, as well as a wide range of maintenance and engineering services such as thermal assessment of electrical panels, and the actual design and build of electrical control panels.

Please feel free to have a look around our website and see how we could help you keep your machinery and equipment safe and compliant, and more importantly, how we can help keep your people safe at work…. Because we believe that the most important thing you can do for your people is to ensure that they can carry out their work safely, and make sure they go home to their families every night in the same way they left in the morning.

So exactly how safe are your machines…?