Inside Look: Updated ANSI B11.19 Standard: Part 1

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides national standards to achieve the safety of people working with industrial equipment. The ANSI B11 Standards series provides details on various aspects of machinery safety standards.

The B11.19 Standard was recently updated (previously updated in 2010) to provide more details on the application of risk assessment measures. Building upon existing content, experts who helped update this standard included guidance for additional measures, as well as references to external documents that offers a thorough overview of specific topics. The 2019 version is an effective complement to the risk assessment process by providing a near-complete list of risk reduction measures.

With this recent update of the ANSI B11.19 Standard, we’d like to provide you an overview of how this new standard may affect your facility and what you can do to stay compliant. In this six part white paper series, each paper will highlight a different aspect of the newest edition of the standard. This white paper series is intended as an overview of the standard. True value can only be gained by obtaining and thoroughly reviewing its content. The standard is available now from various technical document providers, including directly from the ANSI web store. While interpretation and application of the many standards may be cumbersome at times, qualified consultants are available to assist for each unique application, including SICK Services.