Machinery Safety 101

What is risk assessment?

Risk assessment began as a discipline in the late 1960s, with some of the earliest formal papers published in the early 1970s. The early researchers were part of the US military and were interested in finding ways to reduce the risks for military personnel carrying out their duties. Since then, risk assessment has become a…

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Canada’s National Day of Mourning

April 28th poster: Fight for the living, Mourn for the dead.

Fight for the Living, Mourn for the Dead On April 28th, we mourn for our workplace dead. Canada’s earliest workplace safety legislation came into being when Ontario’s Factory Act was passed in 1884. The Ontario legislation was modelled on Britain’s Factory Acts to improve conditions in textile mills by limiting the working hours for children…

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What exactly is PELV?

Photo of the interior of an electrical control cabinet showing the components and wireways on the backplane.

What exactly is PELV? Electrical designers run into all kinds of specialized terminology as part of their work. IEC is notorious for creating specialized terms that are not familiar to North American designers. PELV is a definition of a limited range of system voltage and current and is related to some other terms you may…

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Conveyor System Safety

Processing of waste electrical and electronic materials

If you design, integrate or use conveyors in your operation, you should have a solid grasp on the basic safety requirements for conveyor systems. This article will get you up to speed on everything you need to know! 

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SPCE 2020

The IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering is the premier product safety engineering conference, a place where engineering professionals in consumer products, IT, medical, industrial and professional equipment gather each year to discuss advancements in product safety. If your work includes product safety standards, risk assessment or regulatory compliance, this is the conference for you.…

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