Employers are required by U.S. federal law to provide a safe work environment for employees. This general duty clause of OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910 requires employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards. UL’s machine risk assessment services help stakeholders such as employers, asset owners and OEM’s proactively meet their regulatory workplace safety and compliance needs and protect against injuries and loss. In the unfortunate event of an OSHA citation, injury, or loss, our services can provide expert assessment of cause and identify additional hazards with recommendations for addressing and mitigating risks to limit further liability.
Why conduct a machine risk assessment?
Upgrades, retrofits, aging machinery, periodic maintenance, worker modifications and other machine interactions can change the original configuration of the machines creating a potential hazard. The complexity of today’s automated machines, collaborative robots (cobots) and robotic cell system integration establishes a new workplace environment with new risks and hazards. To effectively manage risk, employers must know where potential hazards exist and minimize or eliminate the hazard. In addition, workplace hazard assessments are required by law under 29 CFR 1910:
The employer shall verify that the required workplace hazard assessment has been performed through a written certification that identifies the workplace evaluated; the person certifying that the evaluation has been performed; the date(s) of the hazard assessment; and, which identifies the document as a certification of hazard assessment.
UL provides on-site risk assessments and machine safeguarding audits of industrial machinery to OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, RIA and applicable ISO standards. Audits and risk assessments include identification of hazards, risk level estimates and recommended risk reduction (safeguarding) methods.
Our assessment services are based on the following standards:
- ANSI B11 Machine Safety Standards (includes general and specific machine type standard)
- ANSI B11.19 Performance Requirements for Safeguarding
- ANSI/RIA R15.06 – Industrial Robots and Robot Systems
- ANSI / NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code
- ANSI / NFPA 79 – Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery
- ASME B20.1 – Safety Standards for Conveyors
- Applicable OSHA Machine Guarding and Safety Standards
- Other standards dictated by machine type
- Machine hazard assessments
- Machine safety risk assessments
- ANSI/RIA machine risk assessment
- ANSI/RIA team-based machine risk assessment
- Advisory services
- Other industrial safety solutions
Why choose UL for your risk assessment and workplace safety needs?
- For over 120 years, UL has been trusted with safety, providing engineering expertise and helping our customers manage risk.
- The UL Mark is the most accepted and recognized safety brand in the US by OEMs, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), consumers and retailers.
- UL is an independent third party. Our services are unbiased and not tied to specific product brands. Our interest is to provide risk mitigation services that create safe work environments and peace of mind.
- UL is an OSHA designated Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
- UL is in factories today. We are experienced on the factory floor, and our expanded services offer site and machinery safety assessment to protect against injuries and loss.