PCSC Members: We just finished up our first ever 5-week training series on Machine Safety by Mark Eitzman of Integrated Mill Systems! Nic & I thought the training was so informative and valuable that we decided to make it public and available to everyone.
If you haven’t already, I encourage all of our members in manufacturing to engage with this training. The links to the video recordings on YouTube and to the slides are listed below.
We’re excited to officially announce our first ever 5-hour Machine Safety Workshop (online) in partnership with Integrated Mill Systems! This course will be broken up into five, 1-hour live training sessions, 11am-12pm, on Zoom Webinar, every Wednesday in September starting on the 1st, ending on the 29th. See the flyer or agenda for more details.
Free for all Portage County Safety Council Members ($100/company annual membership required for non-members).
Registration is required but unlimited for every member company! Deadline is Monday, August 30, 2021, 12pm.
This is a foundational educational safety program appropriate for all roles and levels of responsibilities: Engineering, Maintenance, Operations, EHS, Purchasing, Management/Executives, etc.
Topic – “Machine Safeguarding: Making Sense of Control Reliability”
Presenter: Mark Stewart, President – Arrow Industrial Solutions, LLC, Windham OH
“Having been a lifelong resident in Northeastern Ohio, Mark obtained his BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron and MBA in Technology from Kent State University. Mark has worked 30 years as a senior operational executive in various manufacturing industries with direct responsibility for EHS – developing comprehensive safety programs, consistently improving safety cultures and metrics. With specific expertise in risk assessments, training of safety topics and machine guarding standards, Mark (now owner of Arrow Industrial solutions, LLC), focuses his attention on safety solutions.
Arrow Industrial Solutions, LLC designs both mechanical guarding and control reliable solutions for manufacturing equipment meeting OHSA, ISO and ANSI standards. Machine guarding is required to keep employees safe from moving parts, nip points and projectiles, but is often viewed by operators as inhibiting productivity. By utilizing a collaborative design process and integration techniques, safe and efficient access to critical machine areas to clear jams and service the machine is possible – while still meeting the machine guarding and control reliability standards. We would like to share the elements of this process and guarding options available to you.”
*Must be ultimately accepted & approved by the Ohio BWC.
What options do I have to secure a guard to a machine?
You are required to attach guards to machines with bolts, screws, allen screws or other similar means requiring a tool to remove them. Your other option is to install electrical interlocks which will cause the machine not to run if the guards are removed. The availability of this option is dependent on the type of equipment and controls that are in place. Keep in mind that your guard must not allow employees to reach around, under, over, or through the guard to access the hazard. For more information, please see OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212 and ANSI B11.19 – Performance Requirements for Safeguarding.
Please contact your local BWC safety consultant if you are unsure if your machine is guarded properly. They can perform a machine guarding assessment and offer recommendations to protect your employees from equipment hazards.