Risk Assessment Services

Risk Assessment Services

The purpose of the Risk Assessment (RA) is to identify the remediation (safeguarding) required to reduce the risk within tolerable levels and comply with all applicable safety regulations. In a RA, a multi-disciplined team identifies tasks and risks of the machine. The risk is scored (with and without safeguarding) and a safeguarding plan is developed. This RA document is then accepted by the team and forms the basis of the remediation (safeguarding) plan.

RA Services typically include the following:

  • MSS inspection and preparation for Risk Assessment workshop:
    • Prepare a comprehensive Risk Assessment spreadsheet per ANSI B11.0 / RIA 15.06 / TR15.306-2016.
    • Work with the RA team to capture and prepare photos and videos of the machine in operation, including point of operation hazards and safeguarding concerns.
  • Risk Assessment (RA) conference:
    • Introduction and overview of Risk Assessment process
    • MSS to guide discussion and update the Risk Assessment Spreadsheet during the conference. Client to include in the meeting, as a minimum, the following authorized personnel: Operator, Maintenance, Engineering, and EHS.

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Machine Safety Audits

Machine Safety Risk Assessment ServicesOften, companies just need help to know what to do and how to provide proper machine guarding. It is often overwhelming to consider the obligations, requirements, and options that are present. MSS on-site safety audits assess the existing machine safety, make recommendations, and provide guidance on risk reduction methods (guards, interlocks, signs, training, etc.).

Each of our machine safety reports include the following:

  • Gap analysis of existing machine with current OSHA regulations, applicable US standards (ANSI & NFPA 79), and applicable corporate safety standards
  • Identification of machine, name, manufacturer, classification (machine type)
  • Photographs and notes for observed machine guarding safety hazards
  • Safeguarding (hazard abatement) recommendations and with illustrations or diagrams where feasible
  • Recommendations/Conclusions
  • Report provided in soft-copy PDF format. Each machine report is typically 1-2 sheets per machine.

MSS provides the following safety consulting and engineering services during the on-site visit:

  • On-site training, inspections, and consulting
  • Observation of machine operations
  • Notes, photos, videos of the machine in operation (when feasible).
  • Gap analysis of observed hazards as related to current OSHA regulations and applicable US standards
  • Report generation/compilation

In US machine safety standards, the following key concepts apply:

  • Control Reliability as defined in ANSI B11.19 and RIA 15.06
  • Risk Assessment methods in ANSI B11.0 and RIA 15.06
  • E-Stop function and circuits as defined in NFPA 79 and ANSI B11.19
  • OSHA general safety regulations as defined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O- Section 212
  • Power transmission, pinch and nip points as defined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O-Section 219
  • Electrical Safety as defined in NFPA 79 and ANSI B11.19.

Note:  OSHA is now citing for failure to meet ANSI B11.19 and NFPA 79.

Sample Report

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Heirarchy of Control

Ideally, a hazard is either eliminated or designed out of a machine. If a hazard cannot be designed out, it may be mitigated by guarding or other means (use a Risk Assessment method similar to our Risk Assessment spreadsheet). Then, when all else has failed, use the appropriate PPE to prevent injury that cannot be designed out or otherwise eliminated.

Many users create a ongoing problem when they simply use PPE without eliminating the hazard by conducting a Risk Assessment. It is natural to try and do it this way– we all tend to do it. Who doesn’t want to try the “easy way out”? But it can be costly. How many times have you heard the expression “There’s always time and money to fix the problem after the big injury”?

What’s the downside in not eliminating the hazard by design? Repeated injuries, lost time and money. It is far better to design out the risk once, than to continually deal with the same injuries and forcing employees to use possibly unnecessary PPE. The cost of purchasing PPE over time can easily offset the upfront cost of conducting Risk Assessment.

Obviously, there are certain types of work and activity that require PPE even after a Risk Assessment. We are not advocating discontinuing the requirement for PPE.

What we encourage is for a company to conduct Risk Assessment to determine how to recognize a hazard and reduce the risk accompanying the task by eliminating the risk as much as possible.

As a point of information, this chart, or one similar, is referenced by all standards organizations, including OSHA.

Experienced OSHA Compliance Experts

We’ve been in the industry for a very long time and there’s plenty of reason for that. The main reason, as it pertains to you, the business owner, is our ability to keep up with all things OSHA, the consensus standards, and the latest enforcement trends. If OSHA comes out with a nuanced interpretation or standards change regarding a simple packaging machine, we know about it. We understand the nitty-gritty details and technical wording so you don’t have to. Machine Safety Specialists aims to simplify safety regulations for your understanding and properly safeguard your plant floor.

For more information regarding our Risk Assessment services, contact Machine Safety Specialists today.