PMMI releases revised B155.1-2016 standard

Nov. 28, 2016
Standard seeks to improve safety of packaging and processing machinery and eliminate injuries to personnel working on these systems by establishing machinery requirements.

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), announced the approval of its ANSI/B155.1-2016 Safety Requirements for Packaging and Processing Machinery standard as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute.

According to PMMI, the objective of the standard is to improve the safety of packaging and processing machinery and eliminate injuries to personnel working on these systems by establishing requirements for the design, construction, reconstruction, modification, installation, setup, operation and maintenance of processing and packaging machinery systems.

The ANSI/B155.1-2016 standard was spread by PMMI as a voluntary standard to establish machinery safety requirements, which guides processing and packaging machinery suppliers and users through a risk assessment process.

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“Although engineers have long applied an informal risk assessment framework, the ANSI/B155.1-2016 standard defines a formal method to conduct and document the risk assessment process,” said Fred Hayes, director of technical services at PMMI.

The first version of this standard was approved by PMMI in 1972, and by ANSI in 1973. The standard has been revised with subsequent approvals by ANSI in 1979, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2011.

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