Safe Design

AMI has developed a Safe Equipment Design Checklist aimed at ensuring that equipment used in meat and poultry plants is designed in compliance with key standards and minimizes hazards and injuries.

Developed by a special subcommittee of AMIís Worker Safety Committee, the Checklist was unveiled at the 2011 Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment Conference.

Using the checklist will help ensure compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) rules and with relevant consensus standards like those published by the National Fire Protection Association, American National Standards Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and others.

The checklist aims to foster design with a focus on preventing injuries and creating equipment that is worker friendly. It covers 10 key principles of safe equipment design: equipment guarding; design and engineering; energy control; ergonomics; training; ingress/egress; hazard communication; confined spaces and hazardous locations; fall protection; and process safety management.

The document may be downloaded as an Excel file from here.