Risk Assessment for Polymer Processing

Dates: 7th November, 2024 - 8th November, 2024 (2 days)

Duration: 2 Days

Location: 7 Centre Court, Blyry Business and Commercial Park, Athlone, Co. Westmeath N37 RT29

Accreditation: Certificate of Attendance

Full Fee: €850.00 (inclusive of all course materials, lunch and refreshments)

Programme overview

This two day course focuses specifically on safety in the plastics processing industry, paying particular attention to Injection Moulding and Extrusion safety.  Concentrating on both on personnel safety and reducing equipment damage, it is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills to put in place a coherent risk assessment strategy in their workplace.


In addition to covering the essential information needed, a strong emphasis is placed on giving participants practical Risk Analysis techniques, with adequate time allowed for these techniques to be practiced during the programme.


The schedule can be adjusted to suit the needs of all delegates.



Course Content

Day 1

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Safety Legislation – what you should be in compliance with
  • Plastics Processors Guidance sheets
  • Practical: Risk assessment completed in production area of First Polymer Training Skillnet Process Hall followed by a review of findings
  • Study of Risk Assessment methods


Day 2

  • Injection Moulding personnel/ mould safety
  • Extrusion personnel/ equipment safety
  • Other Processes: Blow Moulding safety, Thermoforming safety, Granulator/ hand knife safety
  • Practical: Risk assessment completed again in PDC location using new techniques – followed by a review of both days’ results.
  • Course review and Q&A session.

Who should attend

This course is primarily designed for safety team members, Safety Officers, QA staff with safety responsibilities and technical staff who are involved in reducing accident rates and equipment damage. It will also benefit new employees responsible for equipment handling/cleaning, etc., who have no experience of plastics processing and the associated risks.

Trainer profile

Peter Cracknell has over 40 years experience in the Plastics Industry. Initially he served his time as an injection mould toolmaker (Metal Box), production engineer (Metal Box), senior production engineer (BOC), senior lecturer (LSPT), academic leader in polymer engineering (LSPT), Consulting engineer.

Expertise: Injection moulded part design, mould tool design, plastic materials, processing trouble shooting, experienced lecturer (30 years), BETC assessor for NVQ in Polymer Engineering, expert witness (30 years experience).

Qualifications: HNC Mechanical & Prod Eng, GradPRI – ALSPT First Class hons. C&G Risk Assessment, BTEC NVQ Assessor.

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