July 7, 2004 -- The American National Standards Institute-accredited B65 Committee will begin revision of B65.2-1999, Safety standard - Binding and finishing systems, with the first meeting taking place September 13 –14, 2004 in Denver, Colorado.
As a part of the revision, B65 Subcommittee 2 will work to harmonize the requirements of B65.2 with those of ISO 12649-2004, Graphic technology - Safety standards for binding and finishing systems and equipment, which was recently issued and is available from NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies. Several members of the B65 Committee were involved in the development of the ISO standard, and are involved in on-going work to update the ISO safety standards relating to both press and bindery systems.
NPES supports and administers the activities of the B65 Committee. B65 has been in existence since the early 1950s, administered first by the National Safety Council and then Printing Industries of America. In the early 1970s the committee was inactive for some time, but was re-activated and re-accredited by ANSI in 1983 under the administration of NPES. The purpose of the B65 Committee is to develop ANSI safety standards for printing presses, bindery machines and other printing equipment. Work relates to the design, arrangement, designation and color scheme of controls and signaling devices, as well as to guarding and interlocking of guards. Also addressed are other mechanical safety devices, symbology and safe practices as they apply to printing equipment.
Membership on the B65 Committee and subcommittees is open to anyone having an interest in developing safety standards for the printing and publishing industry. For further information about the work of the committee, contact Steven Prejsner at [email protected]
telephone 703/264-7200. A membership application for the B65 Committee can be obtained from the NPES Standards Workroom at http://www.npes.org/standards/b65.html, or by contacting Morgen Dailey, NPES Standards Administrator, at [email protected]