1) You have been asked to evaluate the hazards and risks associated with the introduction of a new robotic welder at your facility. Parts are fed onto a conveyer belt by an employee; the parts are picked up by a robotic arm and then placed onto a form where another robotic arm performs the welding. The first robotic arm then picks the part back up and places it onto another conveyer belt, where a second employee removes it and places it on a pallet. Discuss what types of guards you would recommend for the operation, including point-of-operation guards and perimeter guards. Based on the risk analysis results, what administrative controls and PPE would you recommend?
2) A maintenance procedure is added to a new production line at a facility that manufactures tires. Once a week, a maintenance employee is required to use a step ladder to access a small platform on a mixing box that is located 12 ft. above the concrete floor. The maintenance employee must open the door and use a scraper and small shovel to remove excess buildup of raw materials used in the process. Evaluate the risks associated with falls associated with the task, and discuss how these results can be used in the selection of controls. In your discussion, include your recommendations for controls to reduce the risk of falls associated with the process.