Machinery Safety 101 is a blog and podcast for engineers and safety practitioners involved in the design and use of industrial machinery and the protection of the people that use the equipment. The podcast and blog is produced by Doug and Kimberly Nix, owners and producers at Compliance InSight Consulting Inc.

Our podcast blog started back in the fall of 2006, with the first episode published on Sept. 11, 2006 (see our iTunes feed for all our episodes, or go to our Episode Archive). It began as an experiment into social media, as a way to try to reach a broader audience looking for machinery safety information and having a hard time finding it. Our perspective comes from more than 25 years of industry experience, and more than 15 years of dedicated machinery safety work. We want to help bridge the knowledge gap that exists in industry, and by doing that, help to make sure that people can work safely every day.

We welcome feedback from our listeners and our readers, so please, comment! If you have technical questions, feel free to post them or contact us and we will be happy to get in touch with you! Note that our parent company, Compliance InSight Consulting Inc., offers 60 minutes of FREE CONSULTING if you have some questions that need answers right away.

If you’d like to suggest ideas for new episodes, please contact us.

In the mean time, stay safe!

Thanks for reading and listening!
Doug & Kimberly Nix


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Who is Doug Nix?

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Doug Nix, C.E.T.

Doug Nix, C.E.T. is Managing Director at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

His background spans more than 25 years of engineering technology experience including product testing, industrial control system design and machinery safety. Doug specializes in machine guarding, risk assessment methods and process. He has been teaching risk assessment principles and processes since 1997, using a variety methods.

Since graduating from Sheridan College in 1985, Doug has worked for a number of Canadian companies in the electrical products and automation systems industries including GFC/Hammond Manufacturing, GFC Power and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.

Doug gained certification with OACETT in 1992 and upgraded his certification in 2005 and 2014.

Doug is a trained and qualified Laser Safety Officer and conducts laser hazard assessments and laser safety training programs. His expertise includes ANSI Z136.1, CSA E60825-1, IEC 60825-1, ANSI B11.21 and other laser related application standards.

Doug is a Charter Member of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society, and is currently involved in the Society’s activities as:

  • Elevated to IEEE Senior Member in 2014.
  • Vice-President, Conferences (2010-2014);
  • Chair, Risk Assessment Technical Committee (2009-2010);
  • Membership Coordinator, Region 7 (Canada) (2010);
  • Member, Industrial Controls Technical Committee (2010-Present);
  • Member, Laser Safety Technical Committee (2010-Present); and
  • Vice-Chair-PSES, Engineering & Human Environment Joint Chapter, Toronto Section (2009-Present).

Doug was General Chair for the 2009 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October of 2009.

Doug is a member of the following professional organizations:

Doug currently serves on a few Technical Committees:

  • CSA Z1001, Occupational Health and Safety Training
  • CSA Z1002, Occupational health and safety – Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control
  • CSA Z432, Safeguarding of Machinery
  • ISO TC199, Safety of Machinery

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