New ANSI B11.19 Safety Standard Released, With Grantek Developed Content

January 3, 2020

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently announced a new revision of the ANSI B11.19 Safety Standard. Prior to this revision, it had been almost 10 years since ANSI B11 had been updated. This revision was over a 2-year journey, which Grantek was the only systems integrator to help in the development of the framework, the requirements, and the content of this game-changing standard.

The purpose of the ANSI B11 series of machinery safety standards is to devise and propose ways to eliminate or minimize risks of the potential hazards associated with the required tasks. This can be accomplished either by an appropriate machine design or by restricting personnel or other individuals’ access to hazard zones, and by devising work procedures to minimize personnel exposure to hazardous situations. The ANSI B11.19 revision involved a complete re-write from scratch, which resulted in a doubling of the content in the standard. Much of this new content involves new and emerging technologies that are now integral to the manufacturing process, but were not as prevalent in 2010 during the last revision.

ANSI accredits standards that are developed by representatives of other standards organizations, government agencies, consumer groups, companies, and others. These standards ensure that the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, that people use the same definitions and terms, and that products are tested the same way. ANSI also accredits organizations that carry out product or personnel certification in accordance with requirements defined in international standards.

Reach out to a Grantek machine safety expert to learn about this new standard and how it can help improve both safety and productivity at manufacturing facilities. Email info@grantek.com to begin the conversation.