Safety risk assessments allow you to be proactive in preventing injuries. Starting the risk assessment process at the design phase of a tool saves time throughout the buy-off process and improves engineering utilization.
An all too prevalent problem with most tooling buy-offs is saving it to the last step. In many cases a manufacturer initiates a safety review just as the tool is ready to be shipped. Unfortunately, these safety reviews can uncover many hazards that could delay buy-offs. The Project Manager then scrambles to do the risk assessment after the tool is built, pulling them away from their next projects, in turn, leading to delays, high costs in refurbishments and possible failure of tools late in the process.
Risk assessments should be initiated early, during the design of the tool and properly documented in an ongoing process. The tooling risk assessment document should be a living document, open and reviewable, until the tool is shipped! Following this process will not only save time at the end of the project (as the buyoff should be complete and pass) but also better utilizes the Engineer’s time during the design. Risk Assessment should be a TEAM EFFORT and should NOT be completed by a single person. Starting the risk assessment process at design stage allows you to make use of a full team of experts including Safety and Engineering. Early collaboration can resolve issues in design, safety money in refurbishments and ultimately reduce risk that cause injury to the user.
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