Assessments and Audits
The first step in properly approaching any safety project is to perform a Safety Assessment or evaluation of the current state. Upon completion, a Risk Reduction Plan (RRP) to eliminate risks to an acceptable degree is formulated.
Grantek’s Safety group offers the following assessments and evaluation services, either as a stand-alone service or as part of a larger integration project:
- Risk Assessments (RA) – The process by which the intended use of the machine, the tasks and hazards, and the level of risk are determined.
- Compliance Evaluations (CE) – Part of the risk assessment process where the machinery is evaluated for compliance to a specific set of regulations or standards. Even though this evaluation is often completed concurrently with the risk assessment, it serves a different purpose.
- Risk Reduction Plans (RRP) – The final part of the risk assessment process where risk reduction measures and protective devices (inherently safe design measures, engineering controls, and administrative controls) are collaboratively selected to reduce the identified risks and compliance deficiencies to acceptable levels.
- Control of Hazardous Energy Plans (CHE) – A complementary section to the Risk Reduction Plan (RRP) that is solely designed to help asses the proper use of the equipment as it applies to control of hazardous energy. This section helps identify which tasks may qualify for the minor servicing exception of Lockout/Tagout as defined by OSHA 1910.147(a)(2)(ii)(B) and includes an explanation of alternative measures that provide effective protection and exclusive control.
- Lockout/Tagout Evaluations (LOTO) – A subset of a Control of Hazardous Plan that only evaluates energy isolating devices and lockout/tagout procedures to ensure compliance with OSHA 1910.147.
- Safety Requirement Specifications (SRS) – A set of design and performance requirements for implementing the risk reduction plan. The SRS is often considered part of “preliminary engineering” and is intended to assist in the execution of a capital project. The SRS is generated off-site after the completion of a risk assessment and acceptance of the proposed risk reduction plan.
- Budgetary Estimates (BE) – A preliminary budgetary estimate (+/-30%) for implementing all elements described in the risk reduction plan. The purpose of this budgetary estimate is requesting an allocation of funds. A formal proposal will need to be produced to clarify all assumptions and exclusions before any remediation can begin.
- Site Surveys (SS) – High level overview of a large grouping of equipment or an entire facility to help prioritize where additional safety efforts may need to be applied. This typically is a 1-3 page report ranking equipment by overall risk, level of deficiency, and estimated cost to remediate.
- Annual/Bi-Annual Safety Audits (AA) – Regularly scheduled audits that usually occur after a machine safety remediation project to ensure no new hazards have been created and all safeguarding solutions are still performing as designed.