Three steps to ensure machine safety https://www.automation.com/files/pluginfiles/item_99206/field_376/EUA758---Image_reg.jpg
By Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director, EU Automation
According to RIDDOR's reported accidents in 2017, nine percent of fatal injuries were caused by contact with moving machinery. The list of non-fatalities found that the machines caused seven percent of the accidents. Improving plant safety is critical to protecting employees, but did you know that safety can also impact productivity and machine efficiency? This article gives three tips on machine safety:
Machine safety is of paramount importance to reducing the risk of accidents and protecting personnel. However, the benefits of a comprehensive security strategy can go far beyond that. But how can manufacturers reap the benefits of safety?
See Each Machine Individually
When installing a new machine, the operations manager must carefully consider how to fit into the entire manufacturing plant to work safely and ergonomically. The farm manager should perform risk assessments to ensure that the environment is safe, taking into account factors such as engine emissions that may affect the ventilation needed in a plant.
Different safety aspects apply to each type of installation. For example, electrical equipment is likely to be covered by EN 60204-1, which specifies housing, insulator, actuator and documentation requirements.
Manufacturers must make sure that their equipment has been manufactured according to the relevant standards - but also that they work. Some equipment may be required to comply with the ATEX 137 or Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres (DSEAR) regulations if there is a risk of explosion. Compliance with these rules is critical to protecting your manufacturing facility and, above all, your staff.
Without a full understanding of machine operation, personnel could be at risk of injury. To ensure employee safety, detailed training is required to teach employees the right processes and procedures for machine operation. This should also cover the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to be worn during operation.
The staff can be provided with checklists to ensure that operation and maintenance are performed correctly. There should also be a central person, such as a security manager, to whom your staff can contact in case of confusion or questions. This will help eliminate the risk of human error.
Adding sensors to the production line to monitor the performance of your equipment can improve workplace safety. By leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, operations managers can collect and analyze real-time information about the performance of their equipment and employees. This can help to reduce frequent accidents and identify problems with the machines, which can also pose a safety risk to personnel.
The attached equipment can measure machine parameters to warn against overheating hazards. If a serious risk is detected, employees can be evacuated. However, if it is just a faulty part, the attached system can warn the plant manager to order a replacement component, perform maintenance, and rebuild the system.
Workplace safety is critical to reducing the risk of fatal and non-fatal injuries -fatal accidents. The benefits it offers to workers are enough, but connection systems to improve productivity can only be a bonus.
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