Machinery Safety 101

Workplace Risk Assessment – CSA Z1002: Love it, Hate it, Tweak it

The CSA Z1002 TC Needs to Know: Love it, Hate it, Tweak it? We need to know: Do you Love CSA Z1002? Hate CSA Z1002? Does it need some tweak­ing? The First of… 

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Industrial Exception” Becomes Permanent in Ontario

A group surrounding a computer discussing a problem.

The “Indus­tri­al Excep­tion” The “Indus­tri­al Excep­tion” is a clause in the Ontario Pro­fes­sion­al Engin­eer­’s Act that per­mits unli­censed people to do work nor­mally reserved for licenced engin­eers. Ontario is the only… 

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CSA Z432 Third Edition Open for Public Review!

CSA Z432, Safe­guard­ing of Machinery, is the basic stand­ard for Canada when it comes to most types of machinery. Only Power Presses and Press Brakes, and Indus­tri­al Robots are covered… 

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Public Review: CSA Z1006 Management of Work in Confined Spaces.

CSA Z1006 Man­age­ment of Work in Con­fined Spaces  is now avail­able for Pub­lic Review.  As new stand­ards are developed, and exist­ing stand­ards are revised, they are made avail­able for public… 

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Presence Sensing Devices – Reaching over sensing fields

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Guards and Guarding

I recently heard about an applic­a­tion ques­tion related to a light cur­tain where a small gap exis­ted at the top of the sens­ing field, between the last beam in the field and the… 

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Canada Adopts ISO 13857 – Safety Distances

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Guards and Guarding

Safety Dis­tances As part of the work on the 3rd Edi­tion of CSA Z432, Canada has decided to adopt ISO 13857 as CAN/CSA-ISO 13857. The stand­ard was adop­ted in 2015 without technical… 

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Testing Emergency Stop Systems

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

Updated 2020-10-31. DN I’ve had a num­ber of ques­tions from read­ers regard­ing test­ing of emer­gency stop sys­tems, and par­tic­u­larly with the fre­quency of test­ing. I addressed the types of tests that might… 

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Why should you get involved in Standards Development?

It’s now been more than 30 years since I first learned about stand­ards, in the form of the Ontario Elec­tric­al Code. I was study­ing elec­tri­city and elec­tron­ics in high school, and Steve Struk,… 

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Risk Assessment Blunders

Updated 7‑Jul-2014 Recently I read a blog post writ­ten by Dav­id Cant, called, “Are You Mak­ing These Risk Assess­ment Blun­ders?”. Writ­ing in the UK, Mr. Cant spoke to some of the com­mon kinds… 

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The History behind April 28th, Canada’s National Day of Mourning

This post was writ­ten by Dorothy Wig­more, Occu­pa­tion­al health and green chem­istry spe­cial­ist, from Win­nipeg, Man­itoba, and a mem­ber of the Amer­ic­an Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­ation (APHA). The art­icle was ori­gin­ally pub­lished in the Spring 2010 Occu­pa­tion­al Health and… 

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