New Opportunities in Safety: Lessons from a Risk Assessment Journey
- Bruce W. Main (Design Safety Engineering Inc.)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- April 2020
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 36 - 42
- 2020. American Society of Safety Professionals
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- Safety professionals need to learn the risk assessment process and become capable in applying it to workplaces, machinery, equipment and processes; those who do will add value to any organization and help move safety into design, which is the essence of prevention through design.
- Lessons learned from a risk assessment journey provide important guidance for safety professionals seeking the ability to influence safety in the workplace.
- Risk assessment presents an opportunity for growth and improved understanding to become a better safety professional.
Performing safety fixes on brand new machinery to correct unsafe situations is often necessary, usually not very effective or efficient, and often stressful and accompanied by blame and finger-pointing. The risk assessment process is the vehicle for safety professionals to affect the safety of machinery and equipment before it is built or installed. Getting it right the first time can have positive effects for many years. Unfortunately, few safety professionals become engaged in new machinery purchases until late in the process, often not until the equipment is on the factory floor.
Safety professionals have new opportunities to make significant contributions in keeping people from harm. This article shares a perspective on some exciting opportunities available and how safety professionals can get involved.
One interesting and exciting advance in conducting risk assessments is working with 3D software models of machinery, equipment and processes before the physical systems are actually built. Solidworks, Autocad and similar software 3D modeling tools provide a rendering of the finished product that can be viewed from any perspective with different layers or parts exposed or hidden. A sample 3D model for a machine is shown in Photos 1 to 3.
Conducting risk assessments on 3D models allows analyses of the systems to be conducted when changes are easy and inexpensive to make, and the positive impacts can be significant. Retrofitting is difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible.
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