Free Risk Assessment Spreadsheet

Machine Safety Assessment and Risk Reduction

In a perfect world, all companies would complete and regularly check/update machine safeguarding assessments. Even if a company doesn’t have the funds or resources to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment for all machines, you should be sure to at least evaluate the machines that you know possess the most danger and risk.

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Meeting Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) Risk Assessment Standards

OSHA uses Risk Assessments and many current U.S. standards also require it. These are just facts. While the process isn’t particularly fun or glamorous, common sense says to use it. Once the risk assessment is completed, you know exactly where you stand with OSHA.

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Risk Assessment Approaches

There are two basic approaches to a risk assessment:

  • Task/Hazard Analysis – This is the most common method and is typically used for machine safety. Our free risk assessment spreadsheet helps you complete this successfully.
  • SIL Analysis– Statistically based method used for critical process control applications.

Task/Hazard Analysis

In Task / Hazard analysis, three components exist for evaluating risk and potential hazards:

  • Severity
  • Frequency
  • Probability of Occurrence

Why use Risk Assessments?

These thorough assessments are vitally important and can:

  • Help keep your employees safe
  • Help prevent lawsuits and OSHA violations
  • Lower insurance costs if you:
    1. Conduct a good-faith risk assessment
    2. Document the entire process
  • OSHA actively recognizes the requirement for employing SIL levels or any other method of risk assessment.
  • Even the U.S. military has a Risk Assessment document and method (MIL STD-882d).

In 1999, the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) became the first U.S. standard to define a method of Risk Assessment in RIA 15.06. The ANSI B11-TR3 Technical Report followed in 2000 with a suggested method and other U.S. standards have continued the practice. NFPA 79, ANSI B11.19, ANSI Z244.1, ANSI B155.1, RIA 15.06 and other standards either provide methods or refer to additional sources for Risk Assessment.

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