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What are the automation standards that you encounter most?
April 26, 2011
Dear Control Engineering: "What are the automation standards that you encounter most?"
The May 2011 Control Engineering Legalities in Automation column asked about the most-encountered automation standards and received some sarcastic and serious responses. Mark Voigtmann shared some of the thoughtful answers then organized replies into categories, noting, "Only by recognizing the type of standard can you understand its legal impact."
Control Engineering editorial coverage, online and in print, includes standards and their impact. Search atop www.controleng.com to see various articles and references. We even have a blog covering some of ISA88 Batch Control standard as it evolves.
Legalities and past coverage aside, we'd like to ask you, "What automation standards do you use the most or find most useful and why?" Please reply below and label your reply as most useful, most useful, or both, and explain why. Thanks. (Note that we review and approve each comment, so don't submit the same comment six times; we'll get to it as soon as we can.)
- Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com/blogs
Tuesday, 12-07-11 09:21
I'm interested in knowing how companies train their people on how to recognize and aviod the hazards covered in the standards.
Do most places have formal training, or is it more on-the-job and passed down from old workers to new ones? And what is the requirement for this training?
Any input would be appreciated.
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Mark Hoske from Control Engineering
Monday, 06-06-11 15:45
Thanks for your question. Here's another Control Engineering blog post and a Legalities column that each explain a little more about "incorporation by reference." I hope one of them helps clarify.
OSHA safety regulations: Incorporation by reference-Do I need to know?
Beware the dirty dozen - Legalities
Thursday, 02-06-11 08:07
I do some instruction in both machine safety and arc flash hazard mitigation. When I speak of standards, I include the term 'incorporation by reference' when relating consensus standards to OSHA regulations. It appears that this term applies to the categories of Industry standards and Code standards in your article.
My impression is that another standard included in a list of references within OSHA regulations, or within another standard, defines rules that must be adhered to. Is my impression correct?
Thursday, 12-05-11 07:18
It seems to be a case of 'who knows the most and is not biased'! Certainly Sensors4industry give a good 'cross the board' range of products with no major bias but great technical support if ever required. www.sensors4industry.com