Safety Requirements for Packaging Machinery
and Packaging-Related Converting Machinery
Companies involved in packaging need to use this standard when considering machine
safety. Much of it is modeled after ANSI B11.19-2003, but adds some considerations
that are specific to packaging requirements as well as expanding on the previous
machine guarding standards. Of particular note is the emphasis this standard places
on risk assessment.
It is probably also worth mentioning that this standard is the first since NFPA
79 that intentionally attempts to be, and states that it is, harmonized with an
ISO standard. Companies should also be aware that this is more than a trend. The
unofficial word is that most, if not all, US, ISO and IEC standards are intended
to be harmonized by 2015.
This standard was adopted in June, 2006 and it states that packaging and packaging-related
converting machines should be in compliance within 30 months of the adoption of
B155.1, like many previous standards discusses:
- Risk Assessment (the basics and procedures)
- Hierarchy of Control
ANSI B155.1 also states that the following additional standards must be applied
- ANSI B11.TR4
- ANSI B11.19
- NFPA 79
- ISO 13849-1
- ISO 13849-2
- ISO 13849-100
- ISO 13850
- IEC 62061
- IEC 60204-1
- IEC 61508
B155.1 addresses an important aspect of machine safety that has been ignored for
many years- the necessity for safety and reliability in
fluid power (pneumatic and hydraulic systems). This is the first standard
that addresses this important issue:
“When pneumatic/hydraulic valves are incorporated into a safety stopping function,
they shall be redundant and monitored for both fault and diminished performance
as determined by the risk assessment”.
Stating this another way- B155.1 calls for Control Reliability in fluid power.
The standard also emphasizes the necessity and desirability for using Control Reliable
Programmable Electronic Systems (PES). This is a further enhancement of the requirements
set by RIA 15.06, NFPA 79 and ANSI B11.19.
Look for future US safety standards to continue the trends set by this important
If you have questions regarding ANSI B155.1-2006, contact
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