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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?

Portrait of Doug Nix

Doug Nix, A.Sc.T.

Doug Nix, A.Sc.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.

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:

  • Vice-​​President, Conferences (2010−2013);
  • Chair, Risk Assessment Technical Committee (2009−2010);
  • Membership Coördinator, 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 is cur­rently serv­ing on CSA’s s364/​Z1002 Technical Committee, writ­ing the Occupational Injury and Illness Risk Assessment and Management Standard. This stan­dard is part of CSA’s new Z1000 OHS Management series of stan­dards and is foun­da­tional to many other doc­u­ments cur­rently in work.

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Public Speaking

Interested in hav­ing Doug speak to your group? Contact us and tell us about your group and the event where you’d like to have Doug speak.

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