SAFETY AUDITS AND RISK ASSESSMENTS

Remote Safeguarding Assessments

Machine Safety Specialists (MSS) provides Remote Safeguarding Assessment Services.  This service saves you time and money, and provides you with a complete, detailed safeguarding report for the most common machinery.  To get pricing or schedule a Remote Safeguarding Assessment, click here to provide us with basic information on your machine.

Machine Safety Assessments - Service Levels

We provide three levels of machine safety assessments. Choose the level of assessment to fit your needs.

  • Level 1: Machine hazard assessments (cost-effective solution for the entire plant)
  • Level 2: Machine safety assessments (detailed assessment by a senior safety engineer)
  • Level 3: Risk assessment (task-based risk assessment ANSI/RIA process led by a senior safety engineer)

Descriptions of each level of Safety Assessment are shown below. Contact us for questions or a discussion on which type of assessment is right for you.  We can provide example reports upon request.

Machine Safety Audits (Level 1 / Level 2)

Machine Safety Risk Assessment ServicesOften, companies only 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 evaluate 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 and Conclusions
  • Report provided in soft-copy PDF format.

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 and compilation

In U.S. machine safety standards, the following key concepts apply:

  • Control Reliability as defined in ANSI B11.19 and RIA 15.06
  • Risk Assessment methods as defined 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.

To get pricing or schedule a Remote or On-Site Risk Assessment, click here to provide us with basic information on your machine(s).

Sample Report

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Machine Risk Assessment Services (Level 3)

The purpose of the Machine Risk Assessment is to identify the remediation (safeguarding) required to reduce the risk within tolerable levels and comply with all applicable safety regulations. In a Machine Risk Assessment, 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 Machine Risk Assessment document is then accepted by the team and forms the basis of the remediation (safeguarding) plan.

Machine Risk Assessment services typically include the following:

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

To get pricing or schedule a Remote or On-Site Safety Audit, click here to provide us with basic information on your machine(s).

Hierarchy 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 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent injury that cannot be designed out or otherwise eliminated.

Many users create an 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- who doesn’t want to try the “easy way out”? But the easy way out 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”?

By not eliminating the hazard by design, your factory can have repeated injuries, lost time, and wasted money. It is far better to design out the risk once than to continually deal with the same injuries and force employees to use unnecessary PPE.

We encourage a company to conduct Risk Assessment to determine hazards and reduce risks.

The Hierarchy of Controls, shown here, is referenced by all safety standards organizations, including OSHA.

Experienced OSHA Compliance Experts

We’ve been in the industry for a very long time. The main reason, as it pertains to you, is our ability to follow all things OSHA, participate in the development of national consensus standards, and monitor the latest enforcement trends.

Machine Safety Specialists (MSS) provides training for OSHA and Ohio BWC. We also have representation on ANSI B11 subcommittees.  We understand the details and technical language, so you don’t have to. Machine Safety Specialists applies our knowledge, skill, experience, and education to your situation.

Our team is trained and certified in machine safety standards and we are experienced in regulatory enforcement and legal processes.

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