Machinery Safety 101

Translation Bafflement

I’ve been noti­cing a trend with some of my cli­ents that I am hav­ing a really hard time under­stand­ing – maybe a read­er can help me get this… A basic require­ment in the EU is that manu­als and oth­er inform­a­tion a man­u­fac­turer provides to their cus­tom­er be provided in the offi­cial lan­guage of the coun­try where the product is being…

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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 Third Level of the Hierarchy: Information for Use

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Hier­archy of Con­trols

I’ve writ­ten about the Hier­archy of Con­trols in past posts, but I’ve focused on the ‘engin­eer­ing’ side of the con­trol equa­tion: Phys­ic­al changes to machine design to elim­in­ate haz­ards, and mech­an­ic­al or elec­tric­al con­trol sys­tems that can reduce risk. The first two levels of the Hier­archy, Elimination/Substitution and Engin­eer­ing Con­trols, are typ­ic­ally more chal­len­ging to…

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Why I wear a Poppy on 11-Nov

In a recent art­icle in the Inde­pend­ent, Robert Fisk writes that the poppy has become noth­ing more than a fash­ion state­ment in the UK. Merely a way to show that you are Brit­ish, or to score points with the boss, or to make a polit­ic­al state­ment. He believes that wear­ing a poppy on 11-Nov mocks our war dead. He says…

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – Last Day!

Last Chance! Today is Thursday, 17-Mar-2011, mark­ing 60 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety Haz­ard Iden­ti­fic­a­tion and Elim­in­a­tion and Risk Assess­ment and Con­trol. If you down­loaded the draft from the CSA web site, remem­ber that the PDF will lock on 18-Mar, and you will no longer be able to do…

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – 5 Days to Go!

Today is Sunday, 13-Mar-2011, mark­ing 55 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety Haz­ard Iden­ti­fic­a­tion and Elim­in­a­tion and Risk Assess­ment and Con­trol. If you down­loaded the draft from the CSA web site, remem­ber that the PDF will lock on 18-Mar, and you will no longer be able to do any­thing with…

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – 10 days to go!

Today is Tues­day 8‑Mar-2011, mark­ing 50 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety Haz­ard Iden­ti­fic­a­tion and Elim­in­a­tion and Risk Assess­ment and Con­trol. If you down­loaded the draft from the CSA web site, remem­ber that the PDF will lock on 17-Mar, and you will no longer be able to do any­thing with…

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – Only 15 days left!

Only 15 days remain to get your thoughts sub­mit­ted on the draft of CSA Z1002. Do it now!

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Reader Question: Multiple E‑Stops and Resets

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I had an inter­est­ing ques­tion come in from a read­er today that is rel­ev­ant to many situ­ations: “When you have mul­tiple E‑Stop but­tons I have often got­ten into an argu­ment that says you can have a reset beside each one. I was taught that you were required to have a single point of reset. Who is cor­rect?” — Michael Barb,…

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CSA Z1002 Risk Assessment Standard – 60 Day Public Review

Get more inform­a­tion on CSA Z1002. The draft of this doc­u­ment is now avail­able for pub­lic review through CSA.

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