Machine Safety & Robotics Consulting

Each year in Ontario, there are about 3,000* workplace injuries involving machinery. Safeguarding is a way to protect workers from the hazards associated with machines. This is achieved by physically restricting access to hazards or by stopping a machine's moving part before contact is made. Safeguarding often includes the use of fixed guards, or safety devices such as movable interlocked barriers, pressure-sensitive protective devices or active opto-electronic protective devices (AOPDs), as well as other means.

WSPS offers a broad array of specialized machine safety expertise and solutions to support customers in their prevention efforts. This includes: consulting, training, events and information. Our lead technical specialists have first- hand knowledge of national and international industrial robotics standard by virtue of our active participation on the CSA and ISO technical committees that reviewed and revised the standard. WSPS is also well-equipped to provide on-going support and resources to customers in other key areas of health and safety, including ergonomics, OHS management systems, etc.

Consulting Solutions include:

  • Robotics Risk Assessment
  • Robotics Implementation Support
  • Robotic Safety Assessment
  • Risk Assessment Facilitation
  • Machine Safety Assessment
  • Lockout Program Assessment
  • Tech Shop Safety Assessment

*Workplace Safety & Insurance Board Statistical Supplement to the 2010 Annual Report

 

CSA Z434 Industrial Robots and Robot Systems Consulting Services

CSA’s robotics standard aims to protect the health and safety of employees who work with or near industrial robots or robot systems. In addition, other standards may come into play including CSA Z432 - General Safeguarding, CSA Z142 - Power Presses and CSA Z460, Control of Hazardous Energy. It can be demanding on a company to figure out what it all means and what needs to be done to support compliance.

Machine Safeguarding Assessment

The safeguarding assessment is an on-site service that provides a comprehensive review of machine safety. In many cases, hazards associated with equipment can fade into the background of everyday work. The purpose of this service is to review the existing protective measures in place, consider existing legislated requirements as well as recognized standards and provide actionable items for improvement.

Hazardous Energy Control Program Audit (LOTO)

A “lockout program” assessment is an on-site service that provides a comprehensive review of a customer’s “hazardous energy control program”. In many cases, the written program and how it is applied in practice can vary during every day work. The purpose of this service is to review the existing program and review its practical application. Actionable items for improvement are based on legislated requirements as well as recognized standards.


Michael Wilson, P.Eng., CRSP, B.A.Sc, Technical Specialist

"Changes for safety are easier than trying to explain 'what happened' to an injured worker's family." Michael Wilson, P.Eng., CRSP, B.A.Sc, Technical Specialist

 

Consulting Services

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Lockout /Tagout Safety Essentials (1/2 day)

Lockout /Tagout Safety Essentials (1/2 day)

This is a half-day (3.5 hours) instructor-led course which provides an overview of basic lockout/tagout concepts.
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$149.00

Robot Safety: Decoding and Applying CSA Z434 (1 Day)

Robot Safety: Decoding and Applying CSA Z434 (1 Day)

Understand how to apply the key requirements of the revised CSA Z434 Industrial robots and robot systems standard to your workplaces.

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$539.00

Safeguarding of Machinery: Understanding & Applying CSA Z432 (1 day)

Safeguarding of Machinery: Understanding & Applying CSA Z432 (1 day)

NEW! Learn how to protect workers from machine hazards-still a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities-using the CSA standard for safeguarding machines.
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$599.00

Managing Robot Safety (1/2 day)

Managing Robot Safety (1/2 day)

NEW! Covers the key principles of industrial robot and robot systems safety and helps participants recognize, assess and control risks.

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$199.00

E-Courses

Lockout (English) (1 hour)

Lockout (English) (1 hour)

Lockout is used during operations such as maintenance, repair, cleaning and replacement of machinery, during which normal control measures may not be working, and new hazards may occur.
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$49.00

Lockout (French) (1 hour)

Lockout (French) (1 hour)

Lockout is used during operations such as maintenance, repair, cleaning and replacement of machinery, during which normal control measures may not be working, and new hazards may occur.
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$49.00

Webinars

Are You Ready for the MOL Manufacturing Blitz?

Are You Ready for the MOL Manufacturing Blitz?

This webinar will be of interest to all firms in the industrial sector, that have key hazards associated with manufacturing processes, including guarding and lockout, workplace violence, MSDs, occupational disease (noise and chemical exposure), as well as those that are looking to strengthen their internal responsibility system.
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$0.00

Are You Ready for the MOL Machine Guarding Blitz

Are You Ready for the MOL Machine Guarding Blitz

Employees work with machines, tools and equipment every day. Workplaces couldn't operate without them; however, interacting with them has potential for serious injuries or fatalities if they are not used and maintained properly.
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$0.00

Self-paced Training

Lockout/Tagout: Self-Study Training Program

Lockout/Tagout: Self-Study Training Program

Prevent costly injuries, and other losses caused by exposure to uncontrolled energy sources
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$217.00

Lockout / Tagout: Self-Study Training Program - Additional Print Package

Lockout / Tagout: Self-Study Training Program - Additional Print Package

Additional print package for the Lockout / Tagout: Self-Study Training Program.
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$38.75

Downloads

Machine Hazards

Machine Hazards

Equipment is unforgiving and incidents happen quickly: Moving parts and hazardous energy can change lives in an instant. Six per cent of lost-time injuries in Ontario involve machinery. Our two-part prevention plan outlines five risks to look for, and nine steps to take to ensure your workers' safety.
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Agricultural Safety Topic - Lockout Tagout (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Lockout Tagout (English)

To be able to properly lockout and tagout equipment.

246 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Lockout Tagout (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Lockout Tagout (Spanish)

To be able to properly lockout and tagout equipment.

672 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (English)

To reduce hazards and prevent accidents involving machinery.

202 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (Spanish)

To reduce hazards and prevent accidents involving machinery.

602 KB PDF
Lockout

Lockout

Lockout means to physically neutralize all energies in a piece of equipment before beginning any maintenance or repair work.
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Machine Safety

Machine Safety

There are numerous potential hazards around machinery and equipment, such as cutting edges, gears, chains, revolving shafts, rotating blades and levers.
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Articles

6 easy ways to ensure conveyor safety

6 easy ways to ensure conveyor safety

Don't let emergency stop buttons and pull cords lull you into a false sense of security. They're the conveyor equivalent of the engine oil light on your car's dashboard: If the light goes on - or you're reaching for the emergency stop button - it may be too late.

Apr 10, 2017
New! Revitalized machine safeguarding standard

New! Revitalized machine safeguarding standard

A lot has changed in the last 12 years when it comes to machine safety: technology, hazard combinations, solutions, and even the scope of health and safety. These changes have prompted a comprehensive updating of CSA's 2004 (R2014) machine safeguarding standard.

Jan 17, 2017
4 ways to get to know your safeguarding options (video)

4 ways to get to know your safeguarding options (video)

You're purchasing a new piece of equipment or upgrading an existing one, and need to know the best safeguarding options. Will a fixed guard do the trick? Or do you need a more advanced solution, such as a perimeter guard and/or light curtain?

Nov 04, 2016
Purchasing a robot system? Ask your integrator these 5 essential safety questions

Purchasing a robot system? Ask your integrator these 5 essential safety questions

Introducing a new robot system is a heady moment for any workplace. These sophisticated systems can revolutionize your production process, setting new standards for consistency, precision, and quality.

Nov 04, 2016
Machine safety for small business: assess your safeguarding in 4 easy steps

Machine safety for small business: assess your safeguarding in 4 easy steps

It's just 2.5 minutes in length, but WSPS' video Assess Your Safeguarding in Four Easy Steps provides crucial information on how to keep your employees safe from machine hazards.
Oct 06, 2016
Collaborative robots - 5 ways to help ensure safe operations

Collaborative robots - 5 ways to help ensure safe operations

Collaborative robots are poised to take off in the next few years, says WSPS consultant Robert Vomiero. With built-in safety limits, sensors, and other safety functionality, "cobots" offer exciting benefits: they're able to work more closely with humans, can be cheaper and easier to integrate and maintain, and promise better cycle time and productivity. But this doesn't mean organizations anxious to embrace the new technology can rest easy when it comes to health and safety. Crushing and impact hazards remain, requiring special safety measures and a greater emphasis on certain aspects of your health and safety program.

Sep 08, 2016
7 ways to jump-start your machine safety inspections

7 ways to jump-start your machine safety inspections

When WSPS machine safety specialist Michael Wilson visits workplaces, he often comes across joint health and safety committee members reviewing machine guarding as part of their regular inspections. "That's a good thing," says Wilson, "but what's common can quickly become routine." This is one reason why, despite workplaces' best intentions, contact with machinery remains a top hazard in Ontario workplaces.

May 05, 2016
Machine safeguarding: understand your risks

Machine safeguarding: understand your risks

"Company Fined… $50,000 After Worker Injured By Machine… $60,000 After Worker Loses Fingers… $110,000 in Death of Electrocuted Worker" - these recent headlines all tell similar stories of preventable safeguarding injuries. We can stop these headlines, says WSPS machine safety specialist Michael Wilson. It's all about being proactive, and that starts with understanding the risks.
Mar 03, 2016
Preventing robot system injuries: 6 pointers from a WSPS expert

Preventing robot system injuries: 6 pointers from a WSPS expert

In July 1984, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article, likely the first of its kind, entitled "Preventing the Injury of Workers by Robots." In September 2014, the Boston Consulting Group projected the rise of robot systems to be a US$67 billion market by 2025. The rate of adoption is faster than anticipated. Workplaces, take note.

Aug 06, 2015

Videos

Machine Safeguarding - Understand Your Risks

Machine Safeguarding - Understand Your Risks

Ministry of Labour inspectors often visit Ontario workplaces to check on the safe operation of machinery. This video aims to help you prepare for when an inspector calls.

Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Safeguard Your Machines

Machine Safeguarding - Safeguard Your Machines

If machines, tools and equipment are not used and maintained properly interactions with these machines may result in serious injury or a fatality. This video will help your machine guarding efforts.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Know Your Safeguarding Options

Machine Safeguarding - Know Your Safeguarding Options

You know you've got to safeguard your machines at the workplace but do you know your safeguarding options? This video provides some guidance.

Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Understand the Pre-Start Health and Safety Review

Machine Safeguarding - Understand the Pre-Start Health and Safety Review

Pre-start health & safety reviews are an important part of machine safeguarding. View this video to know more.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Control Hazardous Energy with a Lockout Program

Machine Safeguarding - Control Hazardous Energy with a Lockout Program

This video shows you how to control hazardous energy with a lockout program.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Assess Your Safeguarding in Four Easy Steps

Machine Safeguarding - Assess Your Safeguarding in Four Easy Steps

How to assess your machine safeguarding in four easy steps. Watch video 6 for more.
Feb 18, 2016