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If a Safety Professional wanted to up his knowledge of the safety protocols and opportunities in implementing a robot what would be the best course for training? Any suggestions? Also, incorporate some of the technical side?
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I replying as a long time automation technology and recent (last 5 years TuV CMSE) Safety Professional. If your background is Environmental Health & Safety you have a tough job and I respect your desire to do it well. I would start with the RIA. They train all the time and you could go to one of their scheduled sessions. If you are looking for more of a one on one, I would go to Mike Kunkle or myself. Mike is highly experienced in all types of robot applications. From a technical aspect, he is tough to beat. I work with Mike to help him on the more machine, process, instrumentation electrical side of the equation. Give me a call and I can elaborate, if needed. Last, but not least, go to robot / automation shows. You pick up a lot just from talking with the experts from companies who integrate or use robotics.
I would recommend you attend the International Robot Safety Conference in Ohio this fall or any of the RIA safety conferences that are offered over the year. Also I would buy a copy of "Risk Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities" by Bruce Main. you can get it from AMAZON or I think directly from Bruce at design safety engineering, Inc. https://www.designsafe.net, Regards Jim Norton