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1,000,000

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1 Million Views!

1,000,000 views! Today marks a fant­ast­ic mile­stone for the Machinery Safety 101 blog – 1,000,000 views! When I star­ted writ­ing this blog back in Octo­ber 2008, I had high hopes that a few dozens, or per­haps as many as 1 000 people would find my art­icles inter­est­ing enough to spend some time read­ing. Nev­er in my wild­est ima­gin­ings did I think […]

Hazard Warnings

Do-It-Yourself Safety Labels, Signs and Tags

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Safety label on a roller conveyor
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Hier­archy of Con­trols

One of the great chal­lenges that all product design­ers face is the sourcing of appro­pri­ate product safety labels. There are many sources for off-the-shelf labels includ­ing some of the biggest names in mark­ing and labelling, but until now, none have offered a way for product man­u­fac­tur­ers to devel­op stand­ards-com­pli­ant haz­ard warn­ing signs and labels them­selves. If […]

Complementary Protective Measures

Emergency Stop Pull-Cords

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This entry is part 15 of 14 in the series Emer­gency Stop

When it comes to emer­gency stop devices there is no doubt that the red mush­­room-head push but­ton is the most com­mon – they seem to be every­where. The second most com­mon emer­gency stop device is the pull-cord, and like the light-cur­­tain in safe­guard­ing devices, the pull-cord is prob­ably the most mis­ap­plied emer­gency stop device. Loc­al […]