Other products that can increase safety outside of the Safety PLC include special safety mats, which shut down a machine when a worker stands on the device, and interlock switches, which shut down a machine if a gate or door is open.
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While food manufacturers are required to create a safe working environment in order to meet OHSA and other government regulations, the benefits of a safe facility go well beyond regulatory compliance issues.
Safe working environments are productive working environments. Employees who can operate a machine without fear of being harmed will have higher job satisfaction, and will be more motivated to help the company achieve its goals.
Whether it’s a design engineer building a machine, a plant manager overseeing operations or an employee operating a machine, it’s every worker’s responsibility – and every worker’s right – to work in a safe environment.
Grant Noble is machine safety consultant for Rockwell Automation. Reach him at 440-646-4638 or email@example.com.