Why a Guideline on the Choice and Application Method of Industrial Impact Safety Systems?
To better understand what motivated the authors to produce this document, it is worth noting that, to date, no legislation has studied or created standards governing the construction, choice and application of such systems. Indeed, these systems are very important and play a strategic role in the industry — increasingly used to protect infrastructures (doors, walls, shelving), installations (electrical panels, fire-fighting equipment, weighing systems, conveyor belts, workstations) and pedestrian crossings — as they help ensure on-the-job safety and reduce the maintenance costs due to accidents that could be generated by material handling equipment at work.
Therefore, given the lack of standards, designers and users of these products face objective difficulty in assessing the numerous offers available on the market; since there are no rules defining the parameters for choice and application, the assessment process tends to be based more on purchase price than on the true effectiveness of the product which should, instead, be the real basis for safety and savings within the company.
The negative consequences of this dearth legislative infrastructure are inevitably borne by the end-users of the Impact Safety Systems since, without objective parameters motivating product choice, they may fall victim to inefficiencies, even serious ones, and above all, to a lack of legal protection.
What this Guideline offers
This document provides the technical and procedural information required to make the most appropriate choice of Passive Impact Safety Systems. It is designed as a useful tool for all those who deal with health and safety risk assessment — whether to safeguard infrastructures, installations and machinery against damage or workers against injury, in particular those caused by material handling equipment.
This Guideline also provides the methods to assess the health and safety risks related to areas where goods are handled and to create procedures that support the choices made to reduce risks inherent to the activities performed in the area examined.
Technical qualifications of ISS Users
With the technical information contained herein, this Guideline is designed as an easy, practical and effective tool to assist the end user in: i) assessing passive Impact Safety Systems, ii) assessing the risks associated with the movement of material handling equipment within the work area, iii) determining how these risks can be eliminated or reasonably reduced, and iv) how to select the most appropriate Impact Safety Systems for the particular situation. The tool presented here is based on the best risk assessment and analysis systems and shows how the necessary performance parameters can easily be calculated.
Moreover, the cases of accidents caused by material handling equipment is extremely broad, the extent of the ensuing damage proportional to the mass and speed of the vehicle itself, its angle of impact and other conditions characterizing the work area. The Guideline defines an analysis procedure in a worst possible case. It includes the largest number of situations, thus making it easier for the end user to understand and calculate the assessment parameters and thus choose the best possible system. Therefore, this document will help boost the users’ technical qualifications, enabling them to make objective and effective choices independently.
Lastly, it must be recalled that choosing the best possible Impact Safety System is a boon for the overall corporate economy: it boosts the degree of safety in the workplace and consequently reduces: accident risk coefficient, annual payments to INAIL (Italian national institute for insurance against industrial accidents), maintenance costs resulting from damage to plants, machinery and infrastructures caused by impact with moving vehicles and increases work efficiency.
For this reason, the Guideline is applicable to all work environments, regardless of the product sector to which it belongs.
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