Machine Safety
October 22, 2018 – It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers.
September 17, 2018 - Cannabis is set to be legalized for recreational use as of October 17, 2018. For many employers still struggling with how to accommodate employees who have been prescribed cannabis for medicinal purposes, this will create new challenges and questions. How do you define impairment and fitness for work? What types of tasks are safety sensitive?
May 10, 2018 - Results from a Statistics Canada health study, the Hearing loss of Canadians, 2012 and 2013, offer disturbing findings regarding adult hearing loss. Could you or your co-workers be among the one in five adults aged 19 to 79 who have mild hearing loss or more in at least one ear?
Jan. 10, 2018 - One question I get asked almost daily comes from industrial clientele asking me about the emergency stop (e-stop) function on their machines.
Oct. 28, 2017 - Industrial managers are responsible for keeping high-risk work environments safe and compliant while increasing productivity, simplifying management and controlling cost. To do so, they must take into consideration unique and wide-ranging challenges like the use of hazardous materials, complex machinery and evolving regulations.
Sep. 18, 2017 - Working efficiently doesn’t mean safety needs to be sacrificed. In fact, more and more facility managers are learning that the latest technology actually improves safety along with efficiency.
May 1, 2017 - The manufacturing industry is filled with complexities, from dealing with hazardous materials and overseeing intricate processes to managing inventory and seamlessly moving products to the market.
Mar. 20, 2017 - Millions of workers work every day in industrial environments. But ever wonder the impacts of the constant noise pollution they experience on their hearing ability?
Feb. 11, 2017 - Workplace safety initiatives are essential when it comes to maintaining a work environment that is both safe and productive.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Collaborative robots are poised to take off in the next few years, says WSPS consultant Robert Vomiero. With built-in safety limits, sensors and other safety functionality, “cobots” offer exciting benefits — they’re able to work more closely with humans, can be cheaper and easier to integrate and maintain, and promise better cycle time and productivity.
Nov. 15, 2016 - A food manufacturing client required my assistance regarding a “perceived” machine safeguarding issue. “Perceived” is used because up to the point of my involvement, the issue was considered adequately mitigated by the employer. The issue surrounded an already provided access door on a piece of packaging equipment. The door itself was a ubiquitous metal framed clear plastic interlocked door. The minimum starting distance off the floor and overall height of the door complied with CSA Z432 requirements. The provided safety interlock and safety relay was installed and operated as required. So the question remained — what would the “perceived” safety concern be?
Oct. 17, 2016 - Defining safety rules and regulations in motion control applications is a relatively new concept, with standards only recently being officially defined.
Mar. 15, 2016 - Manufacturers in Canada and around the world are facing the prospect of a talent drought as their most experienced workers move toward retirement.
Mar. 15, 2016 - A question I get asked often comes from industrial clientele asking me how they can bring their existing equipment up to existing safety standards. Specifically, they ask about the cost effectiveness and technical requirements of upgrading/replacing/integrating new safety switches forming/part of an interlocked door/access panel/robot guarding perimeter, etc.
Feb. 25, 2016 - Machine and plant engineers must observe functional safety standards, such as ANSI B11.19, EN ISO 13849 and IEC 61508, when they are constructing their equipment. Safety in today’s market has come a long way from the simple, single-function safety relays of the past. Now engineers are left to question what is best for the efficient implementation of the prevailing safety requirements in their process: programmable, network-enabled safety controllers or spatially limited, configurable safety relays?
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