Robot Safety” discusses the different ways to prevent robot accidents. Robot accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Most accidents occur because employees bypass the robot’s safeguards.

There are two kinds of safeguarding systems that protect employees from injury when working with robots. Safety devices stop a robot from operating. Presence-sensing mats, for example, end robot operations when the pressure or weight of an employee is detected. Safety barriers prevent employees from accessing or entering dangerous robot work areas. For example, perimeter fences block employee access to areas where robots are working.

Employees must receive training on the robot and wear protective clothing when near the robot. The robot must be installed and maintained as intended by the manufacturer and by authorized personnel only. All robot operators require a certain level of experience and training to work with the robot


  • Understand the importance of industrial robot safety and the different teaching methods
  • Able to list robot safety organizations and publications and NIOSH guidelines for robot safety.
  • Able to handle the different types of robot accidents. and overcome human error on robot safety.
  • Able to apply safeguarding systems, emergency stops, Presence-sensing safety devices and understand lockout/tagout.
  • Describe how timed events impact robot safety.


  • Industrial Robot Safety and Robot Safety Organizations and Publications
  • NIOSH Guidelines for Robot Safety and Robot Installation and Maintenance Safety
  • Robot Teaching Methods, Robot Safety Training & Safety Review
  • Types of Robot Accidents, causes of Robot Accidents and Human Error
  • Robot Accidents, Causes, and Safeguarding Review
  • Safeguarding & Emergency Systems Stops
  • Presence-Sensing Devices, Lockout/Tagout Devices
  • Two-Hand Control Safety Devices
  • Safety Devices Review, Barriers and Safety Guards
  • Timed Events, Safety and Timed Events Review