Frequently Asked Safety Questions (FASQ) for Machine Guarding

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Is OSHA a Safety Guarding company?

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No, they are a government regulations agency to ensure companies follow the safety guidelines to keep people safe. 

Can you hookup electronic safety devices to a hydraulically controlled press?

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You can control a hydraulic press with 2 hydraulic valves with spoil monitoring switches. When specifying this process, the flow rate of the system in GPM is needed to ensure the valves will work properly. You tie the spool switches into your external device monitoring circuit of your device...Safety Light Curtain, Safety Switch Mat, Safety Laser Scanner, etc...

Where can I get information on Safety Guarding machines?

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PowerSafe Automation will periodically add questions and answers from customers pertaining to Safety Guarding, Electrical, & Industrial Automation. These tips are to help keep you safe and compliant when working on machinery or industrial automation equipment. 

How long should it take for a new Safety Professional to develop a safety program?

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PowerSafe Automation will periodically add questions and answers from customers pertaining to Safety Guarding, Electrical, & Industrial Automation. These tips are to help keep you safe and compliant when working on machinery or industrial automation equipment. 

What can be done to encourage Safety Professionals to stay longer?

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  • Support from management through education to stay current of OSHA regulations as well as leadership training.
  • Respect and cooperation from co-workers, which requires leadership from both Safety and Management selling Safety to the employees.

How important is it for a company to have a Safety Professional?

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The economic changes has forced companies to neglect safety due to focusing on what makes them money. OSHA has increased thier efforts to protect workers due to this neglect. Safety professionals should be viewed as an investment to improve plant safety. This will improve morale by protecting employees, as well as keeping the opportunity for OSHA visits at a minimum.  

How does eceonomic downturns affect plant safety?

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  • Loss of skilled labor:
    • Companies are forced to downsize, which in turn force early retirement of experienced workers.
    • Companies are forced to initiate pay cuts, which in turn force those experienced workers to look for new jobs
  • Worker distraction:
    • Employees worry about their jobs as they see co-workers leaving or being let go, which cause their minds to wonder instead of focusing on the job at hand.
  • Doing more with less:
    • Smaller staff and less training, other employees are forced to step up and do more. This causes fatigue/burn out from doing their job plus potential work they are unfamiliar with.

What are the proper steps for a safety evaluation?

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  • Capture the effectiveness of the safety management
  • Identify problem areas
  • Generate an action plan for improved plant safety
  • Create a baseline for measurements and reassessments
  • Incorporate safety processes into your program
  • Increase employee engagement and morale
  • Motivate your organization to find gaps and make changes
  • Establish a relationship with an established and experienced company focused on plant safety

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