From one machine to your entire plant, UL provides risk assessment services to identify hazards and provide you with specific options to meet or exceed safety guidelines.

UL provides a variety of risk assessment levels. Select the level of risk assessment to fit your needs:

  • Machine hazard assessments: A cost-effective solution for the entire plant
  • Machine safety assessments: Detailed safety and compliance assessment
  • Machine risk assessment:  ANSI/RIA/ISO compliant process

Each of these levels is described below.

Machine hazard assessments: On-site hazard assessments identify machine hazards, risk estimates and provide machine safeguarding recommendations. This approach is typically applied to multiple machines and is a cost-effective method for performing plant-wide machine safety assessments. For identical and similar machines, one typical report is generated that can be applied to all machines.

Each machine hazard assessment report includes the following:

  • Identification of machine safety hazards
  • Inspection for bypassed safeguards
  • Machine risk rating (with existing safeguards) and required functional safety performance level (PL)
  • Recommended risk reduction measures (safeguarding)
  • Recommended corrective actions

Machine safety risk assessments: A machine safety assessment includes all inspection and activities from the hazard assessment, plus inspection and observation of a machine in operation to identify existing hazards, machine safeguarding, safety and risk reduction measures. This inspection may include discussions/interviews with operators and maintenance personnel.

Each machine safety assessment report includes the following:

  • Machine hazard assessment report criteria
  • Compliance gap analysis – includes gap analysis of machines against current OSHA regulations, applicable US standards (ANSI & NFPA 79) and applicable corporate safety standards (provided by client)
  • Hazard identification – includes photographs (where permissible) and notes/observations of observed machine guarding non-compliances and machine safety hazards
  • Safeguarding (hazard abatement) recommendations – includes safeguarding (hazard abatement) recommendations for mitigating hazards, hard guarding, safety and controls and/or administrative risk reduction measures with illustrations where feasible
  • Functional safety – includes determination of the required functional safety performance level

ANSI/RIA machine risk assessment: A machine risk assessment includes all inspections and activities in our machine hazard and machine safety assessments plus interviews and discussion with your staff including engineering, operators, maintenance, and safety personnel (as available), and completion of an ANSI/RIA risk assessment document in addition to the safety report.

Each ANSI/RIA machine risk assessment report includes the following:

  • Machine hazard assessment report criteria
  • Machine safety assessment report criteria
  • Completed ANSI/RIA risk assessment for each machine
    • Task and hazard identification
    • Risk estimation level (negligible, low, medium, high, very high) based on severity of injury potential, exposure to hazard rating and avoidance of hazard
    • Functional safety
    • Risk reduction measures

ANSI/RIA team-based machine risk assessment: This assessment pairs UL experts with the customers’ key staff roles to perform an in-depth assessment of the machine. UL experts will facilitate machine inspection, guide discussion and provide an ANSI/RIA risk assessment spreadsheet. Customer will include in the meeting, as a minimum, the following authorized personnel: operator, maintenance, engineering and EHS.

UL experts will guide the client team as needed to:

  • Identify hazards
  • Review drawings and technical details
  • Score the hazards in terms of severity, probability and frequency
  • Assist in the use of the spreadsheet tool
  • Checking, correcting and approval
  • Facilitate team discussions and team engagement