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Webinar: Machine Risk Assessment Essentials

An On-Demand EHS Today-hosted webinar, sponsored by UL.

Date: This webinar is available on-demand.
Originally Broadcast: June 27, 2019
Duration: 60 Minutes
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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Industrial machinery can expose personnel to multiple hazards resulting in a range of risks. If not properly recognized and mitigated, these risks can lead to injuries, lost production or loss of life. By law, every employer must complete a workplace hazard assessment. A thorough risk assessment includes identification of hazards, frequency of exposure, probability of injury, severity of injury and methods for reducing risk. This webinar teaches you how to assess risks associated with fixed industrial machinery and establish a risk level based on ANSI/RIA risk assessment methods. After completing this webinar, attendees will become familiar with the machine risk assessment process and understand important questions to ask.


  • Address the importance of machine safety
  • Review OSHA requirements for machine safeguarding
  • Provide an overview of the many codes and standards that may be included in a machine safety and risk assessment
  • Provide basic methods and tools for getting started with machine safety and risk assessments

In today’s highly competitive environment, understanding your risk is essential to good business practices. Machinery hazards can be identified, assessed, and mitigated to limit exposure to risk. Learn workplace safety requirements and U.S. machine safety regulations from the experts at UL.




Kovacik90.jpgJohn Kovacik, Principal Engineer, UL

John Kovacik, Principal Engineer, is UL’s Primary Designated Engineer (PDE) for industrial control equipment; components and assemblies including control panels and industrial machinery. His primary responsibilities are driving consistency, integrity and engineering quality in the establishment and application of UL product certification requirements. John’s 45-year career with UL includes many years of experience with codes and standards. He represents UL on numerous technical committees covering a broad range of subjects for NFPA, NEMA and the IEC. He is UL’s principal member on the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Correlating Committee and is responsible for coordinating UL's participation in NEC activities. He is also a member of NEC Code Panels 12 and 13. John is also UL’s principal member on the NFPA 79 Committee for Industrial Machinery and the NFPA 20 Committee for Stationary Fire Pumps. He serves as the Technical Advisor for the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group for IEC Subcommittee 121A. John has received the IEC 1906 Award, the NFPA Committee Service Award, the NFPA Richard G. Biermann Award and is an NFPA Life Member.

Hackworth90.jpgKen Hackworth, PE, FS Eng

Ken Hackworth has more than 25 years of experience in industrial controls and functional safety systems and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Ohio, a certified Functional Safety Engineer and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.  Ken is a participating sub-committee member of ANSI B11.19 and ANSI B11.26 safety standards.  Ken is experienced and certified in U.S. and International safety standards, including OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, RIA and ISO/EN safety standards and specializes in machine safety engineering and compliance consulting for industrial clients in the United States. 

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Technical Details

This webinar will be conducted using a slides-and-audio format.  After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the webinar.

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