QHSE Solutions approach to safety is multidisciplinary, reflecting the many facets of this complex issue. Our staff comprises experts in numerous areas including mechanical engineering, materials engineering, child development and human factors. Those safety specialists work in close cooperation with some of the world's leading authorities in the fields of research and medicine. Together, they are challenged to reach a common conclusion that maps an innovative way to make a product safe.
QHSE Solutions also uses observation techniques to estimate risk potential, including observing in a laboratory setting how consumers in different age ranges interact with and use a particular product beyond its intended use. The data collected and analyzed during these observations is compiled to predict:
- Design hazards
- Foreseeable use
- Physical hazards
Another part of evaluating risk is developing a safety process that encompasses a company’s entire business process to ensure products are designed for safety from the start.
QHSE Solutions has identified eight steps needed to establish a safety process, including:
- Focus on injury prevention
- Form a safety committee
- Document a safety policy
- Define a quality policy
- Document a safety process
- Proactive use of injury data
- Eliminate design defects
- Predict foreseeable use
QHSE Solutions blends these diverse, expert perspectives to create the most comprehensive method of Risk Analysis & Management in the world. QHSE Solutions goes above and beyond the standard testing requirements to analyze products at the very genesis of design and concept. For our clients, it means knowing their products are safe.
The greatest benefit of estimating a product's risk potential is realized when evaluation is performed during design. By numerically assessing risk at this stage, QHSE Solutions can verify that the design incorporates an acceptable level of safety and provides a sound basis for the management go/no-go decision on further development and manufacture.
In the process, an injury is statistically simulated as an event.
The probability factor is the likelihood a series of steps –or 'critical path' – required for the injury will occur. The numerical probability of each step is calculated based on analysis of trends in historical and empirical data. Thus, the probability of injury reflects the probability of all steps in the path occurring sequentially.