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Under the task of "maintenance" there are inherent slip/trip/fall hazards that come with working on the robot cell. At a minimum I would think these grade as S2,E1,A1 = Medium risk level. I can't find any way to reduce this risk to the acceptable "low" or "negligible" level. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Johnathan Rankin - Automated Systems Specialist
Nidec Minster Corporation
johnathan [dot] rankin [at] minster.com
(419) 628-2331

Alex, There are times that not all hazards can be 100% addressed. In these cases, we will occasionally lean on soft measures such as "Awareness Signs", "Operator Training", etc. The intent of the risk assessment is to identify hazards and show that attempts have been made to address them. When all other avenues have been explored (cable raceways, floor cleaning, yellow/black grip tape, etc.) you can include some soft measures. As long as the customer (internal and/or external) are in agreement of the residual hazards, the purpose of the risk assessment has been achieved. If you still have residual risks due to customer demands/limitations (EX: Floor space restrictions causing barrier guarding clearance issues) you can ask them to sign a safety indemnification sheet that states that they are aware of the residual hazards and that you are not liable. Thanks. Johnathan

Lee Burk - Manager, Training & Standards
Pilz Automation Safety L.P.
l [dot] burk [at] pilzusa.com
(734) 354-0272

There are a lot of ways to reduce slip those hazards depending on their cause. Preventing spills and quick cleanup, proper footwear, textured surfaces. If the surface is uneven, a floor can be installed above it to hide cableways and structures. Be creative. Once done applying reduction measures it is not always possible to reduce risks further. That's where administrative controls come in to inform and warn.

Miranda Woods - Marketing Event Coordinator
TUV Rheinland
mwoods [at] us [dot] tuv.com
(847) 208-4328

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