Machinery Safety 101

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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 you need…

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

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 ana­lys­is

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 edi­tion of ISO 13849 – 1 [1]…

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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 and elim­in­a­tion and…

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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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Scoring Severity of Injury – Hidden Probabilities

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

I’ve been think­ing a lot about risk scor­ing tools and the algorithms that we use. One of the key ele­ments in risk is the Sever­ity of Injury. There are hid­den prob­ab­il­it­ies attached to the Sever­ity of Injury scores that are assigned that are not dis­cussed clearly in any of the risk assess­ment stand­ards that are com­monly…

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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 of prob­lems that can occur when employ­ers con­duct risk assess­ments. Many his points are equally applic­able to machine build­ing: No Risk Assess­ment – This seems self…

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CSA Z432 Safeguarding of Machinery – 3rd Edition

If you build machinery for the Cana­dian mar­ket, or if you modi­fy equip­ment in Cana­dian work­places, you will be famil­i­ar with CSA Z432, Safe­guard­ing of Machinery. This stand­ard has been around since 1992, with the last major revi­sion pub­lished in 2004. CSA has recon­vened the Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tee respons­ible for this import­ant stand­ard to revise the…

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Fall Courses Posted!

Fall 2012 Sem­inars! I prom­ised in an earli­er post this sum­mer that we would be launch­ing open enrol­ment courses this fall, and we’ve done it! We have all of our cur­rent sem­inars lis­ted on the Com­pli­ance InSight Train­ing pages. We are offer­ing two courses this fall in three loc­a­tions. They are: Octo­ber, Kit­chen­er, Ontario –…

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Get the Basics Right!

For more than 15 years I’ve been teach­ing people about risk assess­ment, machinery safety and CE Mark­ing of machinery in private, onsite classes and through present­a­tions at safety con­fer­ences. Things are about to change! This fall, Com­pli­ance InSight Con­sult­ing will begin offer­ing open-enrol­­ment work­shops in CE Mark­ing, Risk Assess­ment Func­tion­al Safety, and Machinery Safety, all with a focus…

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The Probability Problem

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

In Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety (OHS), risk is a func­tion of sever­ity of injury and the prob­ab­il­ity of the injury occur­ring. Under­stand­ing the sever­ity por­tion is usu­ally fairly easy, although advanced tech­no­lo­gies, like lasers for instance, take advanced haz­ard ana­lys­is meth­ods to assess cor­rectly. Prob­ab­il­ity, on the oth­er hand, is a  chal­lenge. Math­em­at­ic­ally, prob­ab­il­ity cal­cu­la­tions go from…

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