Safety Risk Assessments
The requirements on the safeguarding of machinery have changed more and more with the increasing use of automation. In the past, protective devices in the work process were something of a nuisance; for this reason, they were often not used at all. Innovative technology has enabled protective devices to be integrated into the work process. As a result, they are no longer a hindrance for the operator; in fact, they often even help productivity. For this reason, reliable protective devices integrated into the workplace are essential these days.
During the design and manufacturing of machinery, the machine manufacturer shall identify and evaluate all possible hazards and hazardous points by undertaking a risk assessment (formerly also called a hazard analysis).
Based on this risk assessment, the machine manufacturer shall take suitable design measures to eliminate or reduce the risk. If the risk cannot be eliminated by these design measures or the remaining risk cannot be tolerated, the machine manufacturer shall select and apply suitable protective devices, and provide information on the residual risks if necessary.
To ensure the intended measures work correctly, overall validity is necessary. This overall validation shall evaluate the design and technical measures, as well as the organizational measures in context.
Ames Electrical has the knowledge and experience to properly support and assist you in addressing machine safety. We work closely with your staff (engineering, safety, HR, maintenance and production) to correctly identify your production equipment safety hazards. One of the firsts things OSHA will request after an industrial machine accident is for the safety risk assessment. Our goal is to provide the proper documentation and safety records to increase safety awareness on your equipment and employee safety in the workplace.