The purpose of risk assessment

I’m often asked a 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, but…

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Manufacturing Automation Roundtable

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…

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The ?Inconceivable? Consequences of Failure

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

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Hazard Identification – Engineered Nanoparticles

Understanding the hazards presented by processes is critical to protecting workers. Nanoparticles are entering the workplace in new products and processes, but the hazards are not well understood. Read this article to learn more.

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Safety is Good Business

In this excellent article from Rockwell Automation’s The Journal, Mike Miller and Wayne Solberg explain how EN ISO 13849-1 and EN IEC 62061 mesh for machine builders.

Well worth the read in my opinion!

The Journal: Safety is Good Business – Marshall & Solberg