CE Mark

Brexit is such a waste

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Brexit: UK and EU Flags against a blue sky

This morn­ing I read news of the tests that the May Gov­ern­ment plans to use when assess­ing the Brexit deal they are try­ing to nego­ti­ate with the EU. The @CommonsEUexit report on the UK/EU future rela­tion­ship has just been pub­lished. Here are its “key tests” for judging a future deal. Full text of the report here – […]

Uncategorized

CE, Brexit, and Authorised Representatives

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Brexit: UK and EU Flags against a blue sky

CE, Brexit and Author­ised Rep­res­ent­at­ives We’re just passing the T‑1 year mark on the UK’s jour­ney towards leav­ing the EU. Some of my read­ers are “Leav­ers”, while oth­ers are “Remain­ers”, but for every­one liv­ing in the UK or doing busi­ness with the UK, there are many ques­tions that remain unclear. To be fair, some of the […]

Hazard Warnings

Safety Label Format Solutions for Solving Complex Messaging Challenges

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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 […]

Hazard Warnings

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

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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 […]

Canada

CETA in force!

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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 […]

Canada

Machinery Safety Labels: 3 Top Tools for Effective Warnings

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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 […]

News

Online Training Centre Opens

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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 you need […]

Emergency Stop

Emergency Stop Failures

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This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I am always look­ing for inter­est­ing examples of machinery safety prob­lems to share on MS101. Recently I was scrolling Reddit/r/OSHA and found these three real-world examples. Broken Emer­gency Stop But­tons The first and most obvi­ous kinds of fail­ures are those res­ult­ing from either wear out or dam­age to emer­gency stop devices like e‑stop but­tons or pull […]

Canada

Safe Drive Control including Safe Torque Off (STO)

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Graph illustrating STO Function
This entry is part 12 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

Ed. Note: This art­icle was revised 25-Jul-17 to include inform­a­tion on safe stand­still. Safe Drive Con­trol includ­ing STO Motor drives are every­where. From DC vari­able speed drives and index­ing drives, through AC Vari­able Fre­quency drives, servo drives and step­per motor drives, the cap­ab­il­it­ies and the flex­ib­il­ity of these elec­tron­ic sys­tems has giv­en machine design­ers unpre­ced­en­ted […]

Control Functions

How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis: Complete Reference List

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This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 ana­lys­is

As prom­ised in pre­vi­ous posts, here is the com­plete ref­er­ence list for the series “How to do a 13849 – 1 ana­lys­is”! If you have any addi­tion­al resources you think read­ers would find help­ful, please add them in the com­ments. Book List Here are some books that I think you may find help­ful on this jour­ney: [0]     […]