Machinery Safety 101

Using E‑Stops in Lockout Procedures

This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

Emer­gency stop devices are some­times, incor­rectly, used as part of a lock­out pro­ced­ure for machinery. Learn more about how to cor­rectly used these devices as part of Haz­ard­ous Energy Con­trol Pro­ced­ures for indus­tri­al machinery.

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ISO Withdraws Machinery Risk Assessment Standards

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

ISO has with­drawn three long-stand­ing basic machinery safety stand­ards used inter­na­tion­ally and in the EU and replaced them with a single com­bined doc­u­ment. If you design, build or integ­rate machinery for sale inter­na­tion­ally or with­in the EU, this new stand­ard needs to be on your BUY list!

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Round Table Highlight Reel Video!

See the high­lights from the 28-Oct-10 Man­u­fac­tur­ing Auto­ma­tion Round Table!

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Manufacturing Automation Round Table

On Septem­ber 21st, I par­ti­cip­ated in a round table dis­cus­sion sponsored by Man­u­fac­tur­ing Auto­ma­tion magazine. We covered a lot of ground in the dis­cus­sions, touch­ing on har­mon­iz­a­tion of machinery safety stand­ards, applic­a­tion of OHS laws and the abil­ity of man­u­fac­tur­ers and employ­ers to com­ply with require­ments, and a lot more. We had some great people around the table for…

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Emergency Stop Categories

Emergency Stop on machine console
This entry is part 4 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I’ve noticed a lot of people look­ing for inform­a­tion on Emer­gency Stop cat­egor­ies recently; this art­icle is aimed at those read­ers who want to under­stand this top­ic in more depth. First, a cla­ri­fic­a­tion: Emer­gency stop cat­egor­ies DO NOT EXIST, but stop cat­egor­ies do. A stop cat­egory is a descrip­tion of a con­trol func­tion – what the con­trol does – and…

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Busting Emergency Stop Myths

Emergency Stop on machine console
This entry is part 5 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

There are a num­ber of myths that have grown up around emer­gency stops over the years. These myths can lead to injury or death, so it’s time for a little Myth Bust­ing here on the MS101 blog!

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Five things most machine builders do incorrectly

Five things that most machine build­ers fail to do. With a Sixth Bonus fail­ure!

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ESA Manufacturer’s Registration Deadline postponed

If you’ve been fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sions on the EMC/PSTC list serv­er and else­where about the ESA Man­u­fac­turer­’s registry in Ontario, you may not be aware that ESA has dropped the August 30 dead­line for regis­tra­tion. It seems that the Ontario Gov­ern­ment and ESA are review­ing the dead­line fol­low­ing a cab­in­et shake-up at Queen’s Park. There is no word on when or if the dead­line will be rein­stated. Need to know

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ESA Manufacturer Registration in Ontario, Canada

Do you make elec­tric­al products sold in Ontario, Canada? Are you aware of the need to register your com­pany with the Elec­tric­al Safety Author­ity (ESA) in order to sell your products leg­ally? If not, spend some time and catch up on the new ESA Man­u­fac­turer­’s Registry!

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Emergency Stop – What’s so confusing about that?

Emergency Stop on machine console
This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I get a lot of calls and emails ask­ing about emer­gency stops. This is one of those decept­ively simple con­cepts that has man­aged to get very com­plic­ated over time. Not every machine needs or can bene­fit from an emer­gency stop. In some cases, it may lead to an unreas­on­able expect­a­tion of safety from the user, which can lead to injury if they don’t under­stand the haz­ards involved. Some product-spe­cif­ic stand­ards

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