ANSI B11 Technical Report: Ergonomic Guidelines for the Design, Installation and Use of Machine Tools
The Machine Tool Safety Standards Committee (B11) of the American National Standards Institute took the initiative in the early 1990's to compose a voluntary standard involving the design, installation, and use of tools/machines from an ergonomics perspective to reduce workplace injury and improve product production (ANSI Technical Report: Ergonomic Guidelines for the Design, Installation and Use of Machine Tools.). This standard will be the focus of this module page.
The Machine Tool Safety Standards Committee (B11) formed a subcommittee composed of representatives from manufacturing, higher education, safety, design and ergonomics to generate consensual ergonomic guidelines to assist the design, installation and use of individual and integrated machine tools and auxiliary components in manufacturing systems.
The standard is characterized by three themes:
Select ANSI B11 Ergonomics Concepts and Principles
The following statements are a synopsis of brief ergonomics concepts/principles comments made within the standard:
Application of Ergonomics Concepts and Principles
To ensure accommodation, compatibility, operability, and maintainability of the machine tools and/or auxiliary components, match the design of the tool/process with the physical capability of the worker. This should be considered regarding:
Training in ergonomic issues is recommended for all workers effected by workplace ergonomic hazards. This includes designers and manufacturers of machine tools.
The standard contains numerous reference documents as appendixes such as anthropometry charts, horizontal reach and grasp dimensions, lifting guidelines, and control operation.