Thursday, September 13, 2018

Company Spotlight: Behlen Industries

Behlen Industries is no stranger to machine guarding improvements. They have become a machine safety leader in Manitoba ever since they were thrust into the subject in 2011 following an inspection from a Workplace Safety & Health officer. What started off as a single improvement order, quickly turned into a blanket improvement order and they developed a full-throttle plan involving continual improvements on three machines at a time until their entire facility was complete.

Their health and safety manager, Warren Clark, became an overnight expert in CSA Z432: Safeguarding of Machinery and contracted multiple machine safety engineers, millwrights and electricians to work on improvements to their fleet of older equipment. It became the main safety focus of the company for many years and they employed numerous tools and software to help organize and collaborate across the organization.

A couple years ago they joined WESguard, an online application developed by Workplace Engineering Solutions. WESguard gives Behlen the ability to have an easily accessible inventory of all their equipment, safety audits and improvement tasks and anyone within the organization can access and collaborate within it. As they are reaching the point where most of their equipment is fully guarded, Behlen continues to use WESguard to ensure they sustain a high level of machine safety compliance through routine inspections and assessments on newly procured equipment. They also find that WESguard provides the information needed to show they are doing their due diligence to keep their workers safe every day. Behlen’s health and safety coordinator, Al Trotz, promotes that “WESguard is easy to use and practical; it’s a great tool for any workplace to keep a detailed inventory of their machines”.

Warren Clark and Al Trotz from Behlen along with Mike and Kristin from Workplace Engineering Solutions presented their machine safety success to a full house at the Made Safe Quarterly meeting in Brandon on September 6, 2018. Participants were given a detailed tour of Behlen’s production process and were able to see the vast amount of machine safety implementations throughout their shop floor. They also saw a preview of the WESguard free trial process and learned about the benefits provided to Made Safe members.

"WESguard provides a framework that simplifies the process for assessing machine hazards and performing risk assessments.  The workflow is neatly organized and helps ensure you are assessing all the requirements.  You can manage action items in such a way that doesn’t require multiple meetings to get an update on where people are at with their assigned items.  Program administrators have easy access to current state and any outstanding action items." - Warren Clark

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