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The purpose of risk assessment

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This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

I’m often asked what seems like a pretty simple ques­tion: “Why do we need to do a risk assess­ment?” There are a lot of good reas­ons to do risk assess­ments, but ulti­mately, the pur­pose of risk assess­ment is best summed up in this quo­ta­tion: “Risk assess­ments, except in the simplest of cir­cum­stances, are not designed for mak­ing judge­ments, […]

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Manufacturing Automation Roundtable

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I had the great pleas­ure today of par­ti­cip­at­ing in a round table dis­cus­sion that was held by Man­u­fac­tur­ing Auto­ma­tion magazine at their headquar­ters in Aurora, Ontario. Around the table were: Eliza­beth Rankin – CSA, Wayne De L’Orme – Ontario Min­istry of Labour, Dave Lawson – Advanced Motion & Con­trols, Jeff Math­yssen – Elec­tro-Mag, Rick Sauer – Festo, […]

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The “Inconceivable” Consequences of Failure

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A col­league of mine poin­ted me to this inter­est­ing art­icle by Don­ald Chris­ti­ansen that was pub­lished in the August edi­tion of IEEE USA’s Today’s Engin­eer magazine.
As engin­eers design­ing equip­ment, we nor­mally con­duct some form of risk assess­ment. Although many com­pan­ies are still using inform­al and undoc­u­mented meth­ods, meth­od­ic­al, doc­u­mented risk assess­ments are becom­ing the norm in industry.

Since under­stand­ing the risk related to our designs is fun­da­ment­al