Robot Safety: Overview of Risk Assessment and ReductionChinniah Y*
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, University of Montreal, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Chinniah Y
Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Polytechnique Montreal, University of Montreal, Canada
Tel: 514 340 4711
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 21, 2015; Accepted: January 28, 2016; Published: January 30, 2016
Citation: Chinniah Y (2016) Robot Safety: Overview of Risk Assessment and Reduction. Adv Robot Autom 5:139. doi:10.4172/2168-9695.1000139
Copyright: © 2016 Chinniah Y. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Industrial robots are found increasingly in the workplace. They can cause severe and fatal injuries to workers during interventions such as maintenance, unjamming, adjustments and set-up. This paper summarises some of the causes of accidents linked to robots. It presents risk assessment as described in international standards as a method to make workplaces involving robots safe. The operating modes in terms of safety aspects and strategies around collaborative robots are also presented. A case study involving safety of an industrial robot used as auxiliary equipment to a horizontal injection molding machine is described. Risk analysis and risk reduction measures for the case study are then summarised.