Friday, December 11, 2015

2015: Year in Review

Hard to believe that time is running out on 2015, and 2016 is almost here!  We’ve had a great year filled with many highlights.  We are always encouraged at the progress machine safeguarding is making, but know that there is still work to be done towards the goal of eliminating machine incidents so that everyone can go home safe to their families and enjoy special times like the upcoming holidays.  Thank you to all of our customers, partners and friends this past year.


Here are two items that we believe may be opportunities for you in the new year.  These two items may be part of the root cause for companies that struggle with machine safeguarding and need some help to get on the right path.  Machine safeguarding can be challenge, with both time and resources, so we wanted give you some information to try and help with that process.


Risk Assessment:  Every machine safeguarding project begins with a risk assessment.  This crucial step begins by identifying the tasks and the hazards associated with them.  Its important to have a clear picture of what you are protecting workers from, and that forms the plan for how you will do that.  Often this step is missed, and struggles occur later.  People wonder why the safeguards put in place are always removed?  Do operators do that on purpose, or was the guard removed because it was causing another hazard with a task that was not reviewed?  After safeguarding, there may be another incident on the machine.  Is that just bad luck, or was the hazard not completely understood and we relied on something like awareness and training, when maybe for that risk we needed engineered controls.  The risk assessment is you showing your work to deciding on a safeguarding solution.


Involvement: This ties into the first item, but getting everyone involved as early as possible is important.  We often see very good solutions for operators, but third parties or maintenance solutions fail or have been missed.  Getting all the people involved sometimes seems like all it can do is slow down the process, but in most cases in can do the opposite.  Often change is not understood, and people push back when they don’t understand something.  Get them involved, make them part of the change.  You would be surprised at how many safeguarding problems and questions can be resolved when everyone can help with the solution.  You have the added benefit always, that people who come up with a solution are more likely to support that solution later on.

Thank you again, and as always, stop by our webpage for more info about how we can help.  Happy Holidays.


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