Hazard and controls vary depending on whether the robot is a collaborative or conventional robot. Collaborative robots have the potential to interact with humans. Conventional robots do not not interact with humans. Contact your EHS Lead to ensure your lab is ready for the robot you need
Robot Hazards and Risk Assessment
Following selection of a collaborative or conventional robot and associated automated systems, a risk assessment is required prior to installation. The risk assessment process is applied to ensure that unacceptable risks are controlled. The Robot Risk Assessment with provide a set of engineering and administrative controls plus training needed for operators. The DRI and EHS will work together to implement controls prior to starting up robot use. You will also need to ensure any connected tools and equipment are evaluated to address risk and compliance concerns
Training is required for Apple users before they may independently operate any industrial robot and associated automated system or collaborative robotic equipment. This is an awareness level training that reviews the types of robotics systems used at Apple, their key hazards, and how to work safely around them. It is required for all people working with robotic systems, or in the vicinity of where robotic systems are operated. Required courses EHS-3600 and EHS-3610.
Monitoring and Modifications
Controls are only effective if used properly. The DRI should periodically monitor how the robot is used and verify controls are used properly. The EHS Lead may reach out to conduct more formal validation checks periodically. If there are changes to the robot operation or collaborative workspace the risks and controls may be affected. Contact your EHS Lead to determine if re-assessment is needed for any changes.
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