Machinery Safety 101

RA101 – Introduction to Risk Assessment

Graphic illustration of a factory line

Learn Machinery Risk Assess­ment any­time and any­where.  Intro­duc­tion to Risk Assess­ment is our 12-week machinery risk assess­ment course, based on ISO 12100:2010 and ISO/TR 14121 – 2:2012 stand­ards. Delivered online, this course fea­tures widely accep­ted meth­od­o­logy that can be used without modi­fic­a­tion in Canada, the EU, and the USA. Copy­right secured by Digi­prove © 2018Some Rights ReservedOri­gin­al con­tent here is pub­lished under these license…

Online Training Centre Opens

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…

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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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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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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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How Risk Assessment Fails — Again. This time at DuPont.

Casualty Evacuated by EMS
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

A recent report released by the US Chem­ic­al Safety Board (CSB) looks at a series of acci­dents that occurred over a 33-hour peri­od on Janu­ary 22 and 23, 2010 at the DuPont Corporation’s Belle, West Vir­gin­ia, chem­ic­al man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. Copy­right secured by Digi­prove © 2011 – 2014Acknow­ledge­ments: US Chem­ic­al Safety Board for excerpts more…Some Rights ReservedOri­gin­al con­tent here is pub­lished under these license terms: X License Type:Non-com­mer­cial, Attri­bu­tion,…

The Problem with Probability

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

Risk Factors When risk is ana­lyzed, at least in the indus­tri­al sec­tor, we usu­ally fol­low a pro­cess defined in ISO 12100. This approach defines two broad para­met­ers, sever­ity and prob­ab­il­ity, and then fur­ther sub­divides prob­ab­il­ity into sub-para­­met­ers that are help­ful for ana­lyz­ing machinery haz­ards. This post explores the dif­fi­culty with assess­ing the prob­ab­il­ity para­met­er. If you’re inter­ested…

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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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