George V. Karosas

George V. Karosas, P.E., CSP

Senior Consultant

Mr. George Karosas has over 43 years of experience in safety concentrating on product safety, machine guarding, employee safety, and safety standards.

Most machinery accidents involve a balancing of machine guarding principles and lockout/tagout requirements and the interaction between man, machine and his environment. Mr. Karosas’ experience uniquely qualifies him to investigate and solve your safety problems.

Safety technology has advanced dramatically in the past 2 decades. Mr. Karosas has been directly involved and has led efforts to embrace and incorporate that technology into safety standards. He has chaired the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Printing Press Safety subcommittee since 1992 leading the committee’s efforts to introduce significant new guarding and interlocking requirements. In the 1990s, he was the US representative to the European Community (CE) committee developing similar CE standards for the European Union. He is the Convenor of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC130 Working Group 5 developing safety requirements for Printing and Paper Converting Machinery and harmonizing US, European and other international standards.

Mr. Karosas has been a member of ANSI Z244.1 committee (Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout) since 1988, and has developed, written or reviewed numerous lockout/tagout procedures. He has promoted the appropriate use of minor servicing and effective alternative protection and in 1992 was involved with OSHA’s 1st significant agency interpretation of the lockout/tagout regulations regarding minor servicing.

Before ESi, he managed the Product Safety programs for two major machinery manufacturers (power presses, printing presses, conveyor systems, industrial cutters). In that role, he was responsible for safeguarding systems, developing warning signs and safety communications, field retrofit and safety notification campaigns, accident investigation/reconstruction, etc. and making the real world decisions affecting safety. Mr. Karosas has also managed employee safety programs and has been directly involved with key safety program elements including employee safety training, safety communications, site inspections and audits, Job Safety Analysis (JSA), etc.

Publications

  • What You Need to Know for Safe Equipment Operation, Printing Industries Press, January 2008
  • Printing Industries of America, National Environmental Health & Safety Conference, National Emphasis Program on Amputations, January 2008
  • Corporate, Global Health and Safety Conference, Machinery Safeguarding, January 2007
  • Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) 80th Engineering Conference, Product Safety /Product Liability, January 2007
  • OSHA Safety Day Conference, Machine Guarding 102: An ANSI/ISO Update, January 2004
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSEE)/OSHA Joint Safety Conference, Machine Guarding 102: An ANSI/ISO Update , January 2002
  • National Safety Congress, Machine Guarding: Theory and Practice, January 2002
  • Flexible Packaging Association Safety Conference, Machine Guarding - Beyond the Regulations, January 2002
  • National Environmental Health & Safety Conference (GATF/PIA, FTA, SGIA, GAA), Machine Guarding: Doing the Right Thing, January 2002
  • Canadian Industrial Accident Prevention Association Safety Conference, Practical Assessment Tools for Machine Guarding, January 2001
  • See CV for further publications

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