The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is increasing its efforts on safety and robots as they become more prevalent on manufacturing floors.
More than 310,000 industrial robots are currently at work in US factories, according to a 2021 report by Industrial Robots.
In 2017, OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Association for Advancing Automation formed an alliance to share technical knowledge, raise awareness of workplace hazards and reasonable safety precautions, and research needs for the use of traditional industrial and emerging collaborative Robots to identify technologies.
Since then, OSHA has expanded a chapter in the Technical Manual on Industrial Robotic Systems and Safety of Industrial Robotic Systems.
The continued rise of robotics increases the risks associated with the hazards of robotic systems, such as B. an employee being hit, pinched, crushed and/or pinched by an employee.
There are also electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and environmental hazards.
To protect workers involved in robotic industries, OSHA encourages employers to implement a protection strategy with a hierarchy of controls.
The manual on hazards related to industrial and new robotic applications has been significantly updated.
The handbook also breaks down safety considerations for workers, as well as risk assessments and risk reduction measures.