Robot Safety Conference scheduled for March

February 13, 2007

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) are cosponsoring the North American Robot Safety Conference in Toronto, Ontario, March 26-28, 2007. Some 175 participants are expected to attend the conference, workshops, and tabletop trade fair.

The annual spring safety event encompasses three days of training, providing the opportunity to share in mitigation strategies presented by experts who have devoted their time and expertise to implementing and improving safety systems in automated environments.

Both pre- and post-conference workshops are scheduled. Topics range from the CSA Z460 standard on Control of Hazardous Energy, Essentials for Conducting PHSR's, the Z434 Robot Safety Standard, an Introduction to Risk Assessment and Control Reliability, Basic Safety Circuit Design, and a Risk Assessment Exercise, all on Monday, March 26. The Wednesday afternoon (March 28) workshops include coverage of Z432, Using Risk Assessment in Safeguarding Automated Systems, and Advanced Safety Circuit Design.

Conference sessions for Tuesday and Wednesday (AM), March 27 and 28, include Robot Safety Developments, Safeguard Selection and Use, a Ministry of Labour Update, a Safe Distance Tutorial, an Overview of Safety Control Circuitry, and a Committee Panel Discussion featuring Z432, Z434, and Z460 Committee members and speakers. Case Studies will be woven throughout the conference covering robotic automation and safety implementations.

For the latest information, including Conference program and registration, and tabletop exhibit reservations, visit, or call RIA at 734-994-6088.