New Directions in Plastics Machinery

Canada’s Participation in ISO TC 270

SCC Standards Council of Canada LogoIn Feb­ru­ary of 2016, Cana­da formed the SCC Mir­ror Com­mit­tee (SMC) to ISO TC 270, Rub­ber and Plas­tics Machin­ery. This inter­na­tion­al tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee is cur­rent­ly devel­op­ing ISO 20430, the first inter­na­tion­al plas­tic injec­tion mould­ing machine stan­dard. Until the pub­li­ca­tion of ISO 20430, two stan­dards have been fight­ing for dom­i­nance: EN 201, Plas­tics and rub­ber machines — Injec­tion mould­ing machines — Safe­ty require­ments, and ANSI B151.1, Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dard for Plas­tics Machin­ery — Hor­i­zon­tal Injec­tion Mould­ing Machines — Safe­ty Require­ments for man­u­fac­ture, Care and Use.

Cana­da has a strong plas­tic and rub­ber indus­try, with key equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers like Athena Automa­tion, Husky Injec­tion Mold­ing Sys­tems, Mold Mas­ters and GN Plas­tics among oth­ers pro­duc­ing world class machin­ery for the indus­try. The indus­try is rep­re­sent­ed nation­al­ly by the Cana­di­an Plas­tics Indus­try Asso­ci­a­tion. Despite this, Cana­da has nev­er had its own stan­dard for this type of machin­ery.

Involve­ment in ISO TC 270 allows Canada’s plas­tics indus­try to have a voice in devel­op­ing the inter­na­tion­al stan­dards for the machin­ery they design and build, and which ever more com­mon­ly, they buy and use.

The com­mit­tee needs your help to know which way Cana­di­an indus­try wants us to focus our efforts as the work on ISO 20430 wraps up in com­ing months. We have a short sur­vey, just three ques­tions long, where you can rank five pos­si­ble top­ics we can focus on. We will be sub­mit­ting our com­mit­tee vote in ear­ly August on the top­ic, so you have a month or so to answer the ques­tion­naire. Let us know your pref­er­ences.

Why now?

ISO LogoUntil the pub­li­ca­tion of ISO 20430, two stan­dards have been fight­ing for dom­i­nance: EN 201 in Europe, and ANSI B151.1 in North Amer­i­ca. Until the rel­a­tive­ly recent for­ma­tion of ISO TC 270 in 2012, there were NO inter­na­tion­al stan­dards for this type of machin­ery. While there have been some efforts to har­monise the Euro­pean and ANSI stan­dards, there are still some sig­nif­i­cant gaps between these stan­dards. In addi­tion, ANSI’s B151 com­mit­tee has a num­ber of addi­tion­al stan­dards for aux­il­iary equip­ment for items like robots designed to unload molds, that are not direct­ly addressed in EN stan­dards.

Cana­da was giv­en a chance to par­tic­i­pate through our ongo­ing friend­ship with ANSI and the USA, so between 2012 and 2015, Cana­di­an del­e­gates attend­ed ISO TC 270 work­ing group meet­ings infor­mal­ly, and put Canada’s per­spec­tive for­ward through the US ANSI TAG com­mit­tee, but in 2016 it became clear that we need­ed to form our own com­mit­tee. If you are involved in the indus­try and you are a mem­ber of one of these gen­er­al groups and would like to get involved with stan­dards devel­op­ment, please go to our recruit­ing page and join us!

Committee Membership Matrix

Matrix Cat­e­go­ry Min Max Cur­rent
Total  15  25  6
Pro­duc­er Inter­est (PI) 3 5 3
User Inter­est, Man­age­ment (UM) 3 5 1
User Inter­est, Labour (UL) 3 5 0
Reg­u­la­to­ry Author­i­ty (RA) 3 5 1
Gen­er­al Inter­est (GI) 3 5 1

As you can see from the table, we need mem­bers in every group except the pro­duc­ers to meet our intend­ed bal­ance.

Definitions of the Categories

Pro­duc­er Inter­est (PI) — Machine builders, Aux­il­iary Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Con­sul­tants, and Engi­neer­ing Com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing for-prof­it ser­vices relat­ed to plas­tics and rub­ber machin­ery.

User Inter­est, Labour (UL) — Cana­di­an labour unions, labour orga­ni­za­tions, and indi­vid­ual work­ers locat­ed at Cana­di­an work­places.

User Inter­est, Man­age­ment (UM) — Trade asso­ci­a­tions, com­pa­nies, con­trac­tors, and orga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing com­pa­nies engaged in work per­formed in Cana­da.

Reg­u­la­to­ry Author­i­ties (RA)OHS provin­cial and fed­er­al reg­u­la­to­ry bod­ies (labour and elec­tri­cal).

Gen­er­al Inter­est (GI) — Safe­ty asso­ci­a­tions, research orga­ni­za­tions, insti­tu­tions, and non-com­mer­cial con­sul­tants who have exper­tise in the sub­ject area.

We need your help!

CAC ISO TC 270 needs your help!

Can you vol­un­teer some time? Sign up!

Can you help direct us? Answer our ques­tion­naire!

Need more infor­ma­tion? Con­tact Doug Nix!

IRRST Injection Moulding Machine Safety Checklists

RG-687 CoverPlas­tic injec­tion mould­ing machines are one of the most dan­ger­ous machines in wide­spread use in indus­try. The Insti­tut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en san­té et en sécu­rité du tra­vail, is one of Canada’s lead­ing research cen­ters in occu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty. I would high­ly rec­om­mend the check­list to any­one deal­ing with these machines.

Note that ANSI B151.1 does not per­mit the use of risk assess­ment, thus the check­list does not imple­ment risk assess­ment. Nev­er­the­less, I would strong­ly rec­om­mend that a detailed risk assess­ment be con­duct­ed on the machin­ery to ensure that ALL the risks have been effec­tive­ly con­trolled, and not just those fore­seen by the B151.1 Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee!


The IRSST has pro­duced, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with pro­fes­sion­als from the plas­tics pro­cess­ing indus­try, a sim­ple tool for check­ing the safe­guards for hor­i­zon­tal plas­tic injec­tion mold­ing machines. Devel­oped to sup­port com­pa­nies in the plas­tics pro­cess­ing indus­try in their efforts to pre­vent acci­dents involv­ing hor­i­zon­tal plas­tic injec­tion mold­ing machines, this doc­u­ment can also serve as a basic doc­u­ment in the train­ing offered to the per­son­nel in these com­pa­nies and to stu­dents in plas­tics pro­cess­ing. How­ev­er, it does not allow a risk analy­sis to be done to deter­mine lim­i­ta­tions, to iden­ti­fy haz­ards, and to esti­mate the risk; in these cas­es, the stan­dards must be con­sult­ed. The safe­ty check­list was based on the rec­og­nized North Amer­i­can stan­dard ANSI/SPI B151.1 – 2007.

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