A plant assessment provides organizations with a simplified analysis of a single machine or an entire plant. The assessment provides a “snapshot” of the current safety status of a machine or plant, evaluates the safety control measures, checks the safety system and highlights the safety issues. When necessary, a more detailed version of the assessment provides a priority listing of machines. A risk assessment will provide organizations with easy-to-understand comprehensive documentation. If companies choose to carry out a risk assessment themselves, the vendor can offer comprehensive training on related standards. Alternatively, the vendor’s consultants can spend time on-site and either perform the risk assessment or facilitate the process for the organization.