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.
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.
There are two basic approaches to a risk assessment:
In Task / Hazard analysis, three components exist for evaluating risk and potential hazards:
These thorough assessments are vitally important and can:
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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