Canadian Packaging

PMMI releases newly revised B155.1-2016 Standard

Revised standard to better improve the safety of packaging and processing machinery and eliminate injuries to personnel working on these systems via design and construction of the machinery.


December 8, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

RESTON, VA.—PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has released a newly revised ANSI/B155.1-2016 Safety Requirements for Packaging and Processing Machinery standard as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute by the Board of Standards Review.

The objective of the ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2016 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, set–up, operation and maintenance of processing and packaging machinery systems.

The ANSI/B155.1-2016 standard was promulgated by PMMI, an ANSI-accredited standards developing organization, as a voluntary standard to establish safety requirements for machinery. This standard guides processing and packaging machinery suppliers and users through a risk assessment process designed to ensure that reasonably foreseeable hazards are identified and corresponding risks are reduced to an acceptable level.

“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,” says PMMI director of technical services Fred Hayes. “PMMI continues to address the safety of packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery through its various standards and technical reports.”

The first version of this standard was approved by the PMMI membership on September 27, 1972. It was approved as an American National Standard by ANSI on August 6, 1973. The standard has been reviewed and revised with subsequent approvals by the ANSI Board of Standards Review in 1979, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2011.

The ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2016 standard will be available for purchase through the ANSI webstore at http://webstore.ansi.org/.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. PMMI also organizes the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows.
Learn more at www.PMMI.org and www.PACKEXPO.com and www.PMMIMediaGroup.com.

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