PMMI Publishes Safety Standard

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI,www.pmmi.org) has published the new ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2006 safety standard for packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.

Fred Hayes
Fred Hayes

This revised version, approved as an American National Standard by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, is harmonized with the International Standards Organization (ISO) and European Norm (EN) standards by the introduction of hazard identification and risk assessment as the principal method for analyzing hazards to personnel and achieving acceptable risk.

Risk reduction

The requirements of this standard apply to new, modified or rebuilt industrial and commercial machinery that performs packaging functions for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging, says PMMI, an industry trade association based in Arlington, Va. The standard describes procedures for identifying hazards, assessing risks, and reducing risks to an acceptable level over the life cycle of the packaging machinery.

The new ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2006 safety standard for packaging and packaging-related converting machinery is available for $65 on www.pmmi.org or by contacting Fred Hayes, PMMI director of technical services, at fhayes@pmmi.org or 1-888-ASK-PMMI (275-7664).

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