Machinery Safety 101

Emergency Stop Devices — More than an OFF switch

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Last Updated: 2019-09-01 8:58

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Emer­gency Stop (E‑Stop) but­tons are argu­ably the most iden­ti­fi­able ele­ment on a piece of machinery and serve a spe­cif­ic func­tion which is uni­ver­sally known. This is not by chance, but instead a require­ment as called out by gov­ern­ing bod­ies such as OSHA and in con­sensus stand­ards. NFPA 79 defines an Emer­gency Stop as “a device designed to be used in reac­tion to an incid­ent or haz­ard­ous situation.”

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