Actemium US understands the balance between safety and productivity when it comes to production equipment. Guardian Safety Systems keep operators safe and machines running by providing operators with unencumbered access to equipment without compromising their safety. Actemium US’ professional engineering evaluation and years of experience can help craft machine safety upgrades to meet or exceed safety requirements in the region required and keep machines functioning to expectations.
Production Safety Solutions
Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews
A PSHSR must be completed in Ontario prior to a machine running production, whenever a safety circuit has been modified, and for some other reasons (Ontario OHSA Regulation 851). Any issues discovered must be remediated, if they cannot, an explanation must be given to the JHSC as to why.
This review will encompass requirements outlined in:
- Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1, Regulation 851
- CSA Z432-16 Safeguarding of Machinery
- Other standards as required. e. CSA Z434-14 Industrial Robots and Robot Systems
Hazards discovered will be listed along with estimates of severity and recommended remediation.
Inspection can take place the same week as a PO is received, and the final report is targeted to be delivered within five (5) business days.
Risk Assessments are a team driven assessment of machine guarding, a machine’s safety controls, or both to see if they meet Canadian standards similar in scope and content to the PSHSR. The main difference is that there aren’t regulations as to when one must be conducted, and the hazards discovered do not need to be remediated.
Safety Design Consulting
- Minimizing costs of remediation during large projects by working with OEMs to ensure they meet customer standards as machines are built
- Working with our customers to plan our safety remediation over several financial periods and into the future
Guarding and Safety Controls Design and Fabrication
- Creating solutions that will work based on third party inspections or internal standards
A Risk Assessment will be carried out per the methods outlined in ISO 12100. This will be a team activity where the current machine will be analyzed from the perspective of each of the groups that interact with the machine with the objective of listing:
- Hazards associated with the equipment
- The severity of those hazards
- A potential solution to that hazard
This process can take a variable amount of time depending on the size of the machine and how involved the Risk Assessment team members become. Generally, a risk assessment does not take more than 4 hours on-site.
To ensure that the guarding of the equipment meets the requirements set out by the Risk Assessment and by the CSA, new guards may need to be designed. Guards will be designed with ease of manufacture in mind; however, some parts may require the use of modern machines such as CNC mills or lasers/water cutters. Some modifications to the base machine may be required but this is almost always limited to the addition of tapped holes or other mounting points.
In order to ensure that the electrical systems of the equipment meets the requirements set out by the Risk Assessment and by the CSA, the following steps will be taken:
- Electrical schematics for safety devices will be validated to ensure that the match the current configuration of the machine. This process can take several hours, and so will need to be scheduled during a period without production.
- Modifications to the current system will be designed to meet the requirements set out by the risk assessment.
After the initial mechanical and electrical design has been completed, the report will be distributed to the associated teams for a single design review cycle. Changes suggested will be implemented where possible and cost effective. Additional design review cycles can be provided on a Time+Material basis.
Documents to be provided at the conclusion of the project:
- Results of the Risk Assessment compiled into a single document
- Dimensional drawings for all mechanical parts in .PDF format
- .STP files for all mechanical parts, other file formats may be available on request
- Electrical schematics for all new systems and systems modified as a result of the work provided in .PDF and .ACD formats. Other file formats may be available on request.
Fabrication and Installation
Guarding and panels are fabricated and installed, working with facilities’ schedules to ensure a seamless transition from old to new safety systems and protective devices.
1.6 Follow-up PSHSR
When a safety circuit or process on a piece of equipment is modified, a PSHSR must be completed.
Actemium US’ turnkey approach is holistic, accessible, and transparent, including controls upgrades, physical guarding, installation, and all the documentation required in the process. With Guardian Safety Systems, production can achieve safety without compromise.