General industry is driven largely by automation that brings with it a variety of processes, plants and machinery. However, no matter how much effort is made to reduce personnel/machine interaction it remains a fact that somewhere and at some time people must become involved with machinery for reasons such as operating, inspection, servicing and maintenance.

Whenever people come into contact with plant & equipment, companies are duty bound to ensure that the work place remains safe at all times which is a difficult task in today's complex workplace. Added to this is a phenomena known as "Domestic Blindness" where even the most dangerous practices become a way of life through familiarity. The only way for industry to addresses these issues is through an independent assessment.