About Machinery Safety 101

Compliance inSight Consulting Inc. logo in teal and blue on a white background

Machinery Safety 101 is produced by Compliance inSight Consulting Inc. from our office in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

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


Our podcast blog started in the fall of 2006, with the first episode published on Sept. 11, 2006 (go to our Episode Archive). It began as an experiment in 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 30 years of industry experience and more than 20 years of dedicated machinery safety work. We want to help bridge the knowledge gap in the industry and, by doing that, help to make sure that people can work safely every day.

Feedback and suggestions

We welcome feedback from our listeners and 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 a FREE CONSULTATION to new clients 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 meantime, stay safe!

Thanks for reading and listening!
Doug & Kimberly Nix

Who is Doug Nix?

Portrait of Doug Nix
Doug Nix

Doug Nix, C.E.T., SM-IEEE ’14 is Managing Director at Compliance inSight Consulting, Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

His background spans more than 30 years of engineering technology experience, including product testing, industrial control system design and machinery safety. Doug specializes in machine guarding, risk assessment methods and processes. He has been teaching risk assessment principles and processes since 1997.

Doug teaches safe machine design and regulatory courses through the CIC training portal. See our courses.

Doug serves on several CSA, ISO and IEC technical committees. He is the Chair of:

  • Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 199, Safeguarding of Machinery

Doug is the past Chair of:

  • CSA Z1002, Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment (2016-2022)
  • Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 270, Rubber and Plastics Machinery (2015-2021)

Doug is Vice-Chair of:

  • CSA C22.2 No. 301 Industrial Electrical Machinery

If you are interested in participating in CSA Z1002, please contact CSA regarding Standards Development, or call

Toll-Free: +1 800 463 6727
Tel: +1 416 747 4124

Apply to join the Canadian National Committee to ISO/TC 199, Safety of Machinery.

Apply to join the Canadian National Committee to ISO/TC 270, Rubber and Plastics Machinery.

In addition, Doug sits as a member of the following Technical Committees:

  • CSA C22.2 No. 301 Industrial Electrical Machinery
  • CSA Z432 Safeguarding of Machinery
  • IEC/TC 65/SC 65A System Aspects
  • IEC/TC 121/SC 121B Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies
  • ISO/PC 329, Consumer incident investigation

See Doug’s profile on LinkedIn

Read Doug’s research contributions on ResearchGate.

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.