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…

Read More

More E‑Stop Questions

This entry is part 17 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

Here are some more ques­tions I’ve been asked regard­ing emer­gency stop require­ments. These ones came to me through the IEEE PSES EMC-PSTC Product Com­pli­ance For­um mail­ing list. Primary Sources There are three primary sources for the require­ments for emer­gency stop devices: [1] Safety of machinery — Emer­gency stop — Prin­ciples for design, 3rd Edi­tion. ISO 13850. 2015. [2] Safety of…

Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About ANSI

Have you ever wondered about ANSI? Needed to know how ANSI stand­ards are developed? Find your answers and more in this post!

Read More

CETA in force!

Image with the Canadian and EU flags blending together.

CETA comes into force today, 21-Sep-2017 If you are unfa­mil­i­ar with CETA, the Com­pre­hens­ive Eco­nom­ic and Trade Agree­ment, this ground­break­ing trade agree­ment between Canada and the European Uni­on will be a game-changer for Canada. Until today, the actu­al date for imple­ment­a­tion of the agree­ment has been a mov­ing tar­get. There were at least two pre­vi­ous dates announced…

Read More

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…

Read More

A Note about Our Travel Policy

We believe travel gives us a broad per­spect­ive both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. Our focus is glob­al. Our eth­ic­al pos­i­tion is clear; we believe in the health and safety of ALL people. We believe in the power of sci­entif­ic data, and in the power of con­nect­ing with oth­ers glob­ally, so we might learn from one anoth­er. Com­pli­ance…

Read More

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, the Elec­tri­city Teach­er at Erindale Sec­ond­ary School in Mis­sissauga, intro­duced us to the rules. My first encounter with inter­na­tion­al stand­ards was 25 years ago, when I was tasked…

Read More

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…

Read More

Why YOU need a Product Safety Certification Strategy that Works!

How com­pli­ance efforts go wrong Cli­ents call me when they have prob­lems. They sent some product to a cer­ti­fic­a­tion body, some tests were done, and the product failed. Now what? Usu­ally, the deliv­ery date for the cer­ti­fied product is approach­ing quickly, and no time is avail­able to react. Deliv­ery is delayed, and the cus­tom­er is upset.…

Read More

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…

Read More
All original content on these pages is fingerprinted and certified by Digiprove