Training Class – May 16-17, 2023 – Live Web Conference


Open Enrollment for Machine Safety Specialists (MSS) Virtual Machine Safety and Risk Assessment Training Class

Machine Safety and Risk Assessment Training by MSS is simply the best, most complete and detailed machine safety training available for machines in the United States.  This class will improve safety in your facility by increasing awareness of modern safety standards, enabling increased use of engineering controls for risk reduction methods.

This Live Instructor-led Training Class is conducted via Microsoft Teams.

Customer feedback:

“This was a great class…..a lot of information delivered in a smart and balanced manner I will definitely feel confident in using the class material when performing my next safety assessment.”

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Your team will learn the modern requirements for:

  • Machine safeguarding
  • Control reliability, functional safety, and safety interlocks
  • Effective alternatives for hazardous energy control (LOTO alternatives)
  • Applicable OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, RIA and ISO standards
  • Machine risk assessment
  • Liability and legal concerns

This class is designed for:

  • Technical personnel, including:
    • Engineers
    • Technicians
    • Maintenance Personnel
    • Operators (as participants in the risk assessment exercise)
  • Safety Professionals
  • Business Leaders

The topics are as follows:

Session 1 – (12:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST) – May 16

  • Why do machine safety?
    • Injury prevention, compliance, the law
  • OSHA Basics of machine guarding (abbreviated)
  • Hierarchy of controls w/ examples
  • Hazard recognition:  Basics, Intermediate, Advanced (embedded in training)
  • What’s in the Panel?
    • Introduction to Control Reliability, Category 3 circuits, and guard interlocks
  • U.S Machine Safety Standards (abbreviated)
    • OSHA 1910.147 / ANSI Z244.1
    • ANSI B11.19
    • Introduction to Industrial and Collaborative Robot Safety: OSHA / RIA 15.06

Session 2 – (12:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST) – May 17

  • U.S Machine Safety Standards (abbreviated) (continued)
  • NFPA 79 – Emergency Stop Requirements
  • Comparison of US and ISO/EU machine safety standards (abbreviated)
    • CE marking
  • ANSI B11.0 – Risk Assessment
    • Quantifying the risk
  • How to perform a Risk Assessment
    • Why do a risk assessment?
    • Risk Assessment System
    • Risk Factors: Severity, Exposure, Probability
    • Risk Assessment spreadsheet tool overview
  • Conclusion and Wrap-up


Technical Breakout Sessions



These technical break-out sessions give you a deeper understanding of the subject material.

If you liked our Machine Safety Standards and Risk Assessment training, you’d love these technical breakout sessions!  Each session goes more in-depth on the topics listed below and allows additional time for Q/A and discussion on these technical subjects!

Take your training to the next level with these specialized technical sessions!

Technical Break-Out 1  – (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST) – May 18

  • Safety Requirements for Bypassing (Suspending) Guards: This session provides advanced training showing U.S. and ISO requirements for operating powered industrial machinery with exposure to hazards with guards removed or bypassed.  Includes detailed instruction and discussion on required engineering controls and administrative measures.

Technical Break-Out 2  – (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST) – May 18

  • Industrial robot safety:  Includes an overview of industrial robot safety requirements in accordance with ANSI/RIA 15.06 (ISO 10218) and ANSI/RIA TR 15.306.  This presentation goes into more detail than the general safety training course.
  • Collaborative robot safety:  Includes an overview of collaborative robot safety requirements in accordance with RIA TR R15.606 (ISO/TS 15066).  This presentation goes into more detail than the general safety training course.

Technical Break-Out 3  – (3:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST) – May 18

  • Advanced functional safety and control reliability:   Overview of ANSI B11.26 for technical personnel including engineers, technicians, and Sr. maintenance personnel.  Includes recommendations and requirements for functional safety systems including fluid power safety systems (hydraulics and pneumatics).  Typical safety system designs are reviewed and discussed including schematic diagrams for safety control systems, hydraulic systems and pneumatic (air) systems.

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Note:  Example safety devices from various manufacturers are displayed during the presentation.  As training progresses, these product examples are shown to the class for students to see via Microsoft Teams or other video conferencing platform upon request.

As time permits, our consultants include practical, real examples and illustrations from more than 30 years’ experience inspecting, consulting, and conducting accident investigations in more than 500 plants across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. Machine Safety Specialists are machine safety trainers for OSHA, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC), and the American Society of Safety Engineers.

The cost for this instructor led course is $980 per student and a pdf file of the training materials will be supplied just prior to the course.

Instructor Bio

Ken Hackworth, PE, FS Eng. (TÜV Rheinland)

Ken Hackworth, PE has more than 25 years of experience in industrial controls and functional safety systems and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and a certified Functional Safety Engineer.  Ken received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, is a subcommittee member of ANSI B11 safety standards and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Ken is experienced and certified in U.S. and international safety standards, including OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, RIA, and ISO/EN standards and specializes in machine safety engineering and compliance consulting.  As a trainer for OSHA, Ohio BWC and several multi-national industrial clients, Ken enjoys training safety professionals, technical staff and business leaders in the latest technology and safety standards for industrial machinery.


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