MIAMI COUNTY - Tom Alford, Safety Technical Consultant, Rockwell Automation, addressed the Miami County Safety Council in August about the importance of having a systematic, standards based approach to machine guarding that improves safety, compliance and productivity. He also spoke about the importance of starting with a risk/hazard assessment, using ANSI standards to help with the “HOW”, and the pros and cons of several mitigation approaches and technologies.
Mr. Alford taught with the end in mind and identify the goals regarding machine safety, keeping in mind to always check for new hazards that may have been introduced. The goals are improved safety, compliance with the law in industry standards, productivity, consistency, defendable design, and achieving an acceptable level of risk. Alford also spoke about risk assessment, which is a systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in a projected activity of undertaking. Finally, Tom showed the safe work procedures. The need for safe work procedures is based on severity of the consequences, how often the task is done, and complexity of the task. Some examples of safe work procedures are locking out equipment and cleaning chemical spills.
The Miami County Safety Council presents many topics of interest that have to do with health and safety issues. This is an excellent educational opportunity that we are happy to make available to our chamber members and to non-chamber members as well. Not only is it good for networking with other companies, but membership in the Safety Council can also result in Workers’ Comp discounts and bonuses. The organization meets the second Thursday of each month. Cost of membership is $137 per year which includes lunch for one at each of the 12 meetings. You can go online to www.piquaareachamber.com for more information.