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What is a robot risk assessment?

When it comes to industrial robot risk assessments, the risk assessment process should follow the guidance found in the international safety standard EN ISO 12100 Safety of machinery - General principles for design - Risk assessment and risk reduction and also EN ISO 10218-2  Robot and robotic devices. Safety requirements for industrial robots. Robot systems and integration.

There are legal duties for machine manufacturers, system integrators, anyone who modifies machinery or those who build their own machinery, to conduct a risk assessment as part of the design, build or modification of machinery. The risk assessment is one of the key documents used to assist with the overall CE marking process.

EN ISO 12100 and EN ISO 10218-2 are not the only documents that will be referenced throughout the risk assessment process. There are quite literally hundreds of standards that can be used to give guidance and support.

Assessments carried out under these regulations will need to be produced to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the event of an incident.

Why are risk assessments important?

As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees from harm. Robots have the potential to cause harm by various means. It is essential to recognise the hazards created by the installation and use of industrial robots and detail these within a detailed risk assessment. 

When should a risk assessment be carried out?

  • When purchasing new equipment or machinery, with a robot as part of the process

  • When modifying existing machinery to allow for a robot to be integrated 

  • When the robot is relocated to a new location

  • When the robot is given a new task or operation

Don't forget about review periods. 


Employers should periodically review the risk assessment and if necessary, re-assess any controls that are currently in place to ensure they remain effective.

Examples of when you may need to review your risk assessments are:

  • After any significant change within the workplace or process in question

  • After an accident or ill-health incident has occurred

  • After near-misses have been reported.

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