Friday, April 13, 2007

Implementing and Developing Industry Standards in the Design of Agriculture Safety Systems

540 Implementing and Developing Industry Standards in the Design of Agriculture Safety Systems (A)

Industry standards for safety and performance dictate the development of new agricultural related safety products. The selection, interpretation, implementation, and the development of new standards will be discussed. The NIOSH automatically deployable rollover protective structure (AutoROPS) will be used as an example to emphasize the steps mentioned above.

Eugene A. McKenzie, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Morgantown, WV

Timothy J. Lutz, P.E.

CDC NIOSH - Pittsburgh Research Laboratory
Pittsburgh, PA

Mahmood Ronaghi, MSME, MSAE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Morgantown, WV

The key here is that some form of safety prevention and/or awareness is being generated and no longer being hidden - this type of forward thinking, proactive and aggressive, will continue to grow and help prevent equipment damage, operator injury and death. There have been a number of preventative measures on the market for years that are finally being looked at as a serious safety measure for roll over protection. Such a small investment will save millions (possibly billions) in insurance, law suits, health care, and equipment replacement.
Skip Gosnell
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