Eight Rules of Robotic Safety


1. Remove all obstructions from the robot work area.

2. Check for signs of damage to the robot.

3. Remove loose fitting clothing (ties, scarves, sleeves, etc).

4. Tie up long hair

5. Remove the tech pendant from the robot work area.

6. Locate the emergency stop pushbutton

Operators who work in a robot work area must have access to a device called an emergency stop pushbutton.  This device must interrupt power to all aspects of the robot work cell including external and associated devices.  All devices must default to a save condition.  Emergency stop pushbuttons always must be within reach of any person who is near or in the work cell area.

7, Ensure that safety glasses are worn by people in area.

8. Ensure that all people are outside the robot's work area.

Barricades - Physical barriers are used to protect people from roots.  Chain link fencing or walls around the work area of the robot can be used to restrict access to the robot.

Light Curtains - some factories limit access to the robot workcell using a beam of light.  These focused light beams are positioned to form a light grid or light curtain. When interrupted by a person entering the guarded area, the light curtain acts like an emergency stop pushbutton and stops the robot.

Safety Mats - another popular safety measure is the electric safety mat.  Electric safety mats contain a switch that opens when someone steps on them.  They can be connected to the robot controller to shut down operation immediately.

Sign and Tape - Warning signs should be place around the robot workcell.  The floor around the robot workcell should be marked off with black and yellow tape to help direct traffic around the hazardous area.