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Swarm Intelligence is well positioned to assist our clients with the complex task of meeting the many requirements of AS/NZS 4024.2014 along with other relevant standards.
We have been investing heavily over the past few years in training. We now have qualified Functional Safety Engineers as well as Functional Safety Technicians with the internationally recognised organisation TÜV Reinland in Germany. This has grown on top of many decades of in-house practical experience, with the task of integrating functional machine safety into industrial automation and process control systems. Making Swarm Intelligence an industry leader in this field.
With the passing of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, there has been a lot of renewed focus on safety in the work place. Although a significant part of the risks posed to companies in the engineering and manufacturing sector are related to machine safety, the Act itself offers very little practical guidance on how these risks should be managed.
AS/NZS 4024.2014 is now the default set of standards for machine safety here in New Zealand and Australia. It comprises of 25 chapters, each of which are direct text from various ISO and EN standards. This document along with a number of other more industry specific standards offer comprehensive guidance for OEM’s, machine engineers and owners of plant who want to ensure they are complying with the New Zealand Health and Safety Act.
These standards have evolved with a strong emphasis on documentation, as proof that the correct processes around identifying hazards, assessing, evaluating and applying risk reduction control measures have been followed. This is particularly important as it has been widely recognised that systematic failures are a major factor in the breakdown of safety systems leading to injury and exposure to harm.