This paper discusses the connection between the European CE Marking requirements and the American National Standards Institute’s new technical report, ANSI B11.TR3-2000.

The Europeans proactive approach is the Machinery Safety Directive, one of the EU Product Directives. It sets out Essential Health and Safety Requirements for machinery.

The B11.TR3 report is very similar to the EN 1050. The ANSI report recognizes that zero risk does not exist and cannot be attained, which is captured in the term “tolerable risk.”

The ANSI report, like the European documents, strongly recommends communicating the risk to the users. The ANSI approach takes an even stronger tact and recommends involving the user in the risk assessment process, where possible.

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