Pilz & TUV Nord strengthen safety with 1000th CMSE


1000 industry professionals have now been awarded the globally recognised Certified Machinery Safety Expert (CMSE) accreditation from Pilz and TÜV NORD.

The 1000th delegate to receive the milestone achievement was Rod Burton from Scott Automation & Robotics.

“I was very interested in becoming a CMSE, as machinery safety is at the forefront of everything we do at Scott,” said Burton, an electrical engineering manager from the Sydney-based robot integrator company.

“The accreditation demonstrates to our customers that we are abreast of the latest safety requirements, and my own competence in this area has been independently assessed and tested.”

Burton said that he is now qualified to mentor, train and guide other engineers with safety integration and safety system implementation.

CMSE is a collaborative safety training program provided by Pilz and TÜV NORD targeted at industry professionals who actively lead, coordinate and review demanding activities in machinery safety.

CMSE has become a standard for internationally certified training in machinery safety in Australia. The demand for the course can be attributed to the complexity of designing, maintaining and operating plant or machinery, which continues to rapidly evolve on a global scale.

“The qualification deals with complex technical issues, conveying the necessary information about a machine’s overall life cycle – from legislation, standards and risk assessment to the application of functional safety principles,” said Scott Moffat, managing director of Pilz Australia and New Zealand.

“There is also a focus on worldwide regulations for occupational health and safety.

“Pilz and TÜV NORD are filling a training gap in mechanical or electrical engineering. The issue of safe machinery design is usually only addressed briefly during undergraduate engineering courses and, in most cases, engineers only acquire the necessary knowledge through their own practical experiences.”

Training is delivered over four days through lectures, discussions, problem solving and practical workshops. The final day is an open-book exam conducted by the independent TÜV Nord Group.