Control Reliability

Control Reliability

If there is only one aspect of machine guarding to be implemented, it would have to be Control Reliability. Many safety-related control systems do not have this vital aspect. If a hazardous machine does not have Control Reliability and an accident occurs, you are subject to fines, lawsuits, and increased insurance costs. We can help you comply with this critical aspect of machine safety.

Often times, employers and OEM’s:

  • Are unaware of the necessity
  • Have mistakenly used an improper design
  • Used the wrong components.

Don’t make this same mistake! Get the right information on Control Reliability – it is required and enforced. It has been stated: “If you’re going to worry about the law, worry about OSHA. if you’re going to worry about lawsuits and liability, worry about ANSI.”

  • OSHA doesn’t really address Control Reliability except in relation to mechanical power presses.
  • ANSI addresses Control Reliability in most types of machines based on its risk assessment.

Machine Safety Specialists – We Know Control Reliability!

  • We’ve trained dozens of companies on what it is and how to accomplish it.
  • Control Reliability can be intimidating until you understand it.
  • We can make it “simple” and show you how to achieve the often necessary result.
  • Control Reliability requirements are typically defined by our Risk Assessment.
  • Using our Risk Assessment with Control Reliability can greatly improve machine guarding in your facility.
  • It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money; often it is a matter of re-doing a few machine circuits and adding relatively inexpensive components.

For more information, contact us directly for help with this vital machine guarding component.



The Importance of Risk Assessment and Control Reliability

Risk assessment and control reliability are two major aspects of machine guarding. Control Reliability is defined and required if indicated by risk assessment in the following U.S. standards: RIA 15.06, ANSI B11.19, ANSI Z244.1, ANSI B155.1, and NFPA 79. Machine Safety Specialists can help you with the proper designs.