Discover how SICK’s Machine Safety Prioritization service to prioritize and tackle safety upgrades
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SICK has now added a new service called Machine Safety Prioritization. It provides a quantitative assessment of the current status of machine safeguarding at your facilities. The information gathered provides a powerful tool to prioritize and tackle safety upgrades, focusing the efforts on areas that meet your organizational needs first.
Below are some common questions about this service that we’ve answered for you!
What is the difference between a standard Safety Risk Assessment and the Machine Safety Prioritization Analysis Service?
During a standard Machine Guarding Risk Assessment, a SICK certified Safety Applications Specialist will analyze and evaluate the task/hazard pair to ANSI B11.0:2010, ISO 12100-2010, and/or corporate risk assessment process for a machine work cell or production line. Each task/hazard pair will be assigned an initial Risk Rating. A comprehensive Risk Assessment report will be provided with proposed solutions to achieve the acceptable risk reduction. A reduced Risk Rating is provided based on the proper implementation of the risk reduction measures. Once the Risk Reduction recommendations have been accepted by the customer, it is possible to proceed to the Functional Safety Design of the controls in the Safety Concept service.
In contrast, the Machine Safety Prioritization Analysis is designed to quantify the safety of a large scope of machines within a facility. This evaluation provides a scoring matrix that helps to determine where to invest resources and time by identifying which machines within a facility should be safeguarded first.
Please note: This service provides a quantitative score evaluating the current state of guarding, but is not a substitute for a Risk Assessment.
What are the primary benefits to conducting a Prioritization Analysis?
The Machine Safety Prioritization Analysis allows the customer to evaluate a large number of machines quickly and cost effectively. This provides a better understanding of where to focus money and time. Here are few key benefits:
- Allows for an entire plant to be evaluated in a short period of time
- Provides guidance to the customer regarding which machines to focus on first for formal risk assessments
- Approximates upper end of risk using the same risk estimation method (SCRAM) that is utilized in the risk assessment service
- Provides customer with a complete asset list of all the machines in their facility
What types of customers would be the optimal customers for this services?
Large corporate customers looking for a safety partner to assist them with the analysis of safeguarding needs. The following additional corporate criteria are ideal candidates for this service:
- Corporate headquarters in the USA
- Multiple locations around country/globe
- Corporations that have recently acquired another company and need to evaluate the equipment in the facilities to determine what safety issues need to be addressed to bring equipment into compliance.
- Customers with a large asset list and the desire to quantify the scope and prioritize the planning and budgetary process.
- Companies with the desire to have a third party turn-key safety solution partner.
What aspects of the machine safety requirements are evaluated during the Prioritization Analysis?
The Machine Safety Prioritization Analysis will include the analysis and existence of the following criteria per machine identified in the scope of work at your facility:
- Approximate Risk In
- Point of Operation / Perimeter Guards
- Mechanical Power Transmission
- Emergency Stops, where required
- Safety-rated Devices
- Safety Control Systems
- Energy-Isolating Devices
- Electrical Drop-out Protection
What type of cost could we expect to complete this evaluation at our facility and how quickly could you arrive on site and complete this work?
Although the pricing and time required will vary based upon the quantity and machine types in the scope of work, you can expect to complete the Machine Safety Prioritization Analysis in a fraction of the time that we would require to complete a full/formal Machine Risk Assessment per machine.
As a guideline, you could expect the following:
- On-Site: 2-5 machines per hour, dependent on machine type
- Off-site: 1-2 hours required to compile and generate the report
- 4 hour onsite minimum
Interested in learning more about SICK’s Machine Safety Prioritization services? Contact a SICK representative today!