Machinery Safety 101

Instructions for Use – the New ISO 20607

Instruc­tions are one of the basic items that users expect to get when they pur­chase a product, and yet these import­ant doc­u­ments are often poorly writ­ten, badly trans­lated, and incom­plete. Key product fea­tures are badly described, and inform­a­tion on fea­tures, set­tings and haz­ards may be absent. All of this des­pite the fact that the min­im­um require­ments…

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Do-It-Yourself Safety Labels, Signs and Tags

Safety label on a roller conveyor
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Hier­archy of Con­trols

One of the great chal­lenges that all product design­ers face is the sourcing of appro­pri­ate product safety labels. There are many sources for off-the-shelf labels includ­ing some of the biggest names in mark­ing and labelling, but until now, none have offered a way for product man­u­fac­tur­ers to devel­op stand­ards-com­pli­ant haz­ard warn­ing signs and labels them­selves. If…

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Safety Label Format Solutions for Solving Complex Messaging Challenges

Safety label on a roller conveyor
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Safety Labels

Safety Label Mes­saging Basics Safety label design fol­lows three prin­ciples: Identi­fy the haz­ard Identi­fy the likely degree of injury that could occur Instruct the read­er about ways to avoid injury Design­ing warn­ings seems a simple task. How­ever, users may not be Eng­lish speak­ing or lit­er­ate. Depend­ing on the jur­is­dic­tions where your product will be mar­keted, like…

Recent Changes to the Product Safety Label Standard ISO 3864 – 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Safety Labels

The Import­ance of Best Prac­tice Product Safety Label Stand­ards Product safety labels serve an import­ant role. They pro­tect both users and man­u­fac­tur­ers. Man­u­fac­tur­ers are con­cerned with build­ing products and pro­tect­ing them­selves from liab­il­ity law­suits. Users are con­cerned abut buy­ing safe products. Man­u­fac­tur­ers are also con­cerned with meet­ing the leg­al require­ments for product labelling in the mar­kets…

Machinery Safety Labels: 3 Top Tools for Effective Warnings

Safety label by Clarion Safety Systems
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Safety Labels

Machinery Safety Labels The third level of the Hier­archy of Con­trols is Inform­a­tion for Use. Safety Labels are a key part of the Inform­a­tion for Use provided by machine build­ers to users and are often the only inform­a­tion that many users get to see. This makes the design and place­ment of the safety labels crit­ic­al to…

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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 sep­ar­ately in their own stand­ards. CSA Z432 provides guid­ance on import­ant top­ics, like: Risk Assess­ment Risk reduc­tion through the Hier­archy of Con­trols Guard design require­ments…

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Translation Bafflement

I’ve been noti­cing a trend with some of my cli­ents that I am hav­ing a really hard time under­stand­ing – maybe a read­er can help me get this… A basic require­ment in the EU is that manu­als and oth­er inform­a­tion a man­u­fac­turer provides to their cus­tom­er be provided in the offi­cial lan­guage of the coun­try where the product is being…

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The Third Level of the Hierarchy: Information for Use

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Hier­archy of Con­trols

I’ve writ­ten about the Hier­archy of Con­trols in past posts, but I’ve focused on the ‘engin­eer­ing’ side of the con­trol equa­tion: Phys­ic­al changes to machine design to elim­in­ate haz­ards, and mech­an­ic­al or elec­tric­al con­trol sys­tems that can reduce risk. The first two levels of the Hier­archy, Elimination/Substitution and Engin­eer­ing Con­trols, are typ­ic­ally more chal­len­ging to…

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