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  Importance of Thoroughness and Structure of the Review
  • before you begin to work with an engineering firm, it may be wise to request a sample of their PHSR work for comparison purposes
  • is the report structured in a way that it covers all of the necessary sections of applicable regulations?  Is it easy to read and to understand by someone unfamiliar with the standards?
  • does the reviewer include comments and details for each section of the standards reviewed, or do they simply state the standard and state whether it is compliant or not?
  • are non-compliances explained and are possible recommendations included somewhere in the review?
  • when you read the report, are you left searching for a deeper understanding of why your equipment is non-compliant, and how you will proceed to countermeasure it?
  Adherence to Appropriate Standards and Commitment to Ethics
  • in performing a proper PHSR, it is in the best interests of all parties that regulations are followed as written, and not as interpreted AES will only make note of non-compliances that are associated with a substantiated reference to a standard which is being violated
  • there are always better ways of designing certain aspects of equipment, but it is important not to confuse the need for a better design by including it as a non-compliance
  • sometimes there is a variance between the ways in which different standards regulate the same thing a good example is the differences among standards for safe distance calculations a conscientious reviewer will err on the side of safety and focus on standards that best ensure the safety of the worker
  • in many situations, the findings of a review could significantly impact either the manufacturer of the equipment, or the owner will the reviewer take this into serious consideration, and upon doing so, commit to reporting findings in the most ethical and safety conscious way?
  Countermeasures and the Impact to Production
  • it is important to have a reviewer that is aware of the impact that a PHSR can have upon a production environment AES engineers are all very experienced with the demands and requirements of a high output production facility
  • very often, there are many ways to countermeasure any single non-compliance is the engineering firm you choose willing to help you come up with ideas that will ensure safety as well as save you money? do they have the expertise necessary in helping you resolve your non-compliances?
  • does the engineering company you choose to work with, have the capability of making the necessary changes to effectively countermeasure all non-compliances? most firms will only provide engineering and consulting services, whereas AES provides a complete turn-key solution and will make the necessary design changes and/or modifications
  Risk Assessments
  • risk assessments are a recommended way for the owner of equipment to assess potential risk hazards and determine the safeguards necessary to ensure safety AES is experienced at conducting and assisting customers with this activity while many other firms will not provide such support
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