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Why You Should Assess Your Machines' Safety

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Safety is complicated
Rob Spiegel   9/22/2013 4:04:01 PM
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That list is pretty good, TJ. Europe seems to be outpacing even American when it comes to regulations. The formation of the EU seems to have escalated the development of regulations.

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Re: Safety is complicated
Battar   9/22/2013 8:05:14 AM
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I looked it up on Snopes.com, this is actually an age old urban myth.

However, if you look up "Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1591/87 of 5 June 1987 laying down quality standards for cabbages, Brussels sprouts, ribbed celery, spinach and plums " you will see that it is not far removed from reality. And also that you can't grow unregulated cabbages in the EU.

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Re: Safety is complicated
Pubudu   9/22/2013 3:31:40 AM
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TJ its says thousands of words. Thanks for the pic

When it come to safety people should come to first than the regulation I it is a must to follow the regulation it should update regularly. 

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Re: Prime Importance
Pubudu   9/22/2013 3:21:41 AM
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Danielle, timely valuable article, 2013 Savar building collapse in Bangladesh is the best example of ignoring the work place safety.


I do believe that employees has a major responsibility of highlighting those issues to the management cause that they are the people who will feel or see the things first they should be stand up their rights, rather than warring after happening something.

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Battar   9/22/2013 3:03:09 AM
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" Everyone in that work cell was paid based upon total product count at the end of each day"

I think THAT is the root of your problem, not the safety over-ride. Adding a pass code is just giving an aspirin to cure the headache - it doesn't address the cause of the headache.

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bobjengr   9/21/2013 2:40:26 PM
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Excellent post Danielle.    About three years ago I designed a work cell for dispensing an adhesive onto a stainless steel inlay.   The inlay was then placed on a cast control panel and the process completed by adding a timing device.  The adhesive was applied by a SCARA robot.  Great machine for removing the tedium from the operation and took "manpower" out of the equation.  We had our system set up and operating in about two weeks and felt we were "good to go".  We ran for about four days then one morning I got a call from the work cell leader.  The robot had "decked" an operator and caused a reportable OSHA incident. The worker was not injured badly but did receive a concussion that took him out of the picture for about a week.  We discovered the safety devices had been disengaged to "speed up progress".  The irony of the entire situation was the injured employee was the one who made the changes.  Everyone in that work cell was paid based upon total product count at the end of each day.  We reprogrammed so a pass-code had to be used to make changes or adjustments to the program.  It could have been much worse.   As Danielle indicates, safety is critical when using automated systems and maintaining that safety is a must.

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taimoortariq   9/21/2013 2:37:18 AM
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Nice Article Danielle, Definitely to keep the safety of employees in the plant should be of prime importance. Regular maintainence and saftey checks on machines are essential. In addition to the safety of employees, a company can face major financial set backs based on such accidents and even if human accidents do not occur, faulty machine due to untimely checks can prove to cause a major delay in the production as well. Certainly, to have the machines on regular maintainance is of prime importance.

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Charles Murray   9/20/2013 6:34:24 PM
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I agree, naperlou. We live in a highly litigious society, and that's not going to change. For legal reasons and safety reasons, assessment is important.

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apresher   9/20/2013 3:48:13 PM
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TJ, Like your image on the Evolution of Regulation.  Very appropriate.

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Re: Safety is complicated
bob from maine   9/20/2013 1:17:45 PM
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Amen TJ. When the number of "Cautions" and pictures of hazards out-weigh the instructions on how to operate a machine correctly; no-one bothers to read the cautions - they become just more "noise". The proper, safe operation of a machine must be frequently re-analyzed but not by an organization whose success is measured in unnecessary shutdowns and fines levied, or by people who judge their success on whether or not they may have protected the company from lawsuits.

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