In Quebec, the health and safety of workers is a priority framed in section 2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (LSST), which defines its purpose by eliminating at the source of the hazards to health, safety and health and physical integrity of workers. In this definition, the dangers to the health, safety and physical integrity of workers are absolutely referred without mentioning any particular criterion to avoid any possibility of misinterpretation that may lead to depreciation or to neglect one or more corrective measures. However, because of the severity and the high frequency of certain situations, the CNESST has identified nine (9) points with zero tolerance that concerns all work environments.read more
In a workplace, ergonomics scientifically establishes, through the design of systems, the relationships between man, his tools, his methods and his workstation to ensure his comfort, safety and performance when carrying out his work. According to the “Society of Ergonomics of French Language”, this discipline is the science that includes both physiological knowledge or related sciences applied to human work in the perspective of a better adaptation to humans. It aims to understand the constraints factors specific to each workstation to make improvements by considering all the elements to determine how the work is done. It’s about the physical area, the physical development, the safety conditions, the amount of operations or informations to be used, the rate, the schedules and the physical characteristics of the operators (size, weight and gender).read more
One of the most frequently asked questions concerning the fastening of permanent protectors is the possibility of using a padlock as a means of fastening (conformity of fastening with a padlock).
It is a question that appears simple, but quickly becomes ambiguous when we try to rely solely on regulatory articles and applicable standards. This is a gray area where no clear answer can decide as to the conformity of this action. For this reason, deeper understanding and interpretations are needed to line up our actions with the true goals of these texts.
The stick is a tool that simulates the limb you wish to keep from the danger zone (e.g. finger, hand, arm). Performing the permanent protector’s conformity check is done simply by making sure that the stick cannot reach the danger zone when inserted through the openings of the protector, according to its smallest opening.read more
For access to a danger zone during maintenance activities or assembly and installation activities, lockout or, in absence of lockout, any other energy control method that ensures equivalent safety must be applied, according to RROHS article 188.2. These other energy control methods are sometimes called ‘’alternative methods to lockout.’’read more
Many alternatives are available to allow for efficient control of access to the danger zones of equipment. The choice of one or many of these alternatives is mainly based on the need to access the danger zone, the frequency and the nature of the tasks to be performed inside the danger zone.read more
Workplace accidents in general, and more specifically those attributed to machines, represent a major issue at the human and financial levels for both the employee, the employer and society.read more
Access to the danger zone of a machine during maintenance, or even setup and installation activities, should only be allowed once all energies have been controlled by use of lockout, according to article 188.2 of ROHS.read more
The “Safe Torque Off” function, better known as STO function, is a basic safety function that can be integrated in motor drives.read more
A distinction between three concepts related to words “category” and “stop” should be made before detailing the main subject of this blog.read more
The safety standards hierarchy provides a solid basis for guiding machine designers and preventionists in their risk control efforts…read more
Major changes to the latest edition of CSA Z432 standard could be summarized under 4 topics:read more
For many years, Intervention Prevention inc., has been receiving several questions about access to danger zone.read more
From users to standards writers, many definitions based on different understandings are given to the reset function.read more
The emergency stop function is designed to reduce risk or eliminate an imminent or existing hazard that may affect the safety of people, machinery or work under progress.read more
Intervention Prévention Inc.
Intervention Prévention concentrates its operations in the field of work safety, offering specialized services following Standards CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety, CSA Z460 – Control of Hazardous Energy: Lock-out and Other Methods, and CSA Z432 – Safeguarding of Machinery.
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