Machinery Safety 101

What is risk assessment?

Risk assessment began as a discipline in the late 1960s, with some of the earliest formal papers published in the early 1970s. The early researchers were part of the US military and were interested in finding ways to reduce the risks for military personnel carrying out their duties. Since then, risk assessment has become a…

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Online Training Centre Opens

Adult learners in class

Online Training Centre Opens You’ve been challenged to start doing risk assessments on your machine designs, but you don’t know where to start. Perhaps you’ve bought a few standards or a book or two, hoping to figure it all out, but you never seem to be able to stay focused long enough to get what…

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ISO 13849-1 Analysis — Part 1: Start with Risk Assessment

This post was updated 2019-07-24 I often get questions from clients about how to get started on Functional Safety using ISO 13849. This article is the first in a series that will walk you through the basics of using ISO 13849. Keep in mind that you will need to hold a copy of the 3rd…

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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 Its Kind In 2012, CSA published the first OHS Risk Assessment Standard of its kind: CSA Z1002, Occupational health and safety — Hazard identification…

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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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