The scope of this project is first to determine the critical safety points in the operation of workshop machinery, and develop a way of representing those risks to operators, in diagrammatic form. A second objective is to take a particular product (comprising a machined assembly) and work out the different ways (sequence of process-steps) that it could be made, and then represent these different solutions to operators using diagrams, such that operators with different skill levels can make informed decisions about the process that is best for them. Thus the whole project is about finding ways to communicate process-risk to operators.
In the first phase of this project we are looking at our own internal workshop practices, which are representative of a general engineering workshop. Future phases are anticipated to expand on this to more complex situations, depending on what we find.