What is ISO?


Clément Cochet, B Com, DM International Business Development Manager - Conveyor Safety chez Enduride inc.

Recently, at Enduride, we have been asked about ISO standards by a few of our clients, and we concluded that writing an article about it right now made plenty of sense. What is ISO, to start with?

ISO actually literally stands for ''International Organization for Standardization''. What ? IOS in English, OIN translated in French, etc… ISO is derived from the Greek word ''ISOS'', meaning equal. Whatever country, whatever language, it is always ISO.

ISO today represents 23 200 international standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. 164 members representing ISO in their country. There is only one member per country. That is how big ISO is.

So, why is so relevant ? In our case, at Enduride, our safety solutions are compliant with the strictest conveyor safety standards on the planet, and among them there are a few ISO standards linked directly to conveyor safeguarding.

These are the main ISO safety standards we had to work to start with, and keep on referring to nowadays regarding Enduride’s conveyor safety net. Main subject of the safety standard, and what the document establishes :

ISO 12100:2010 ''Safety of machinery – general principles for design – risk assessment and risk reduction'' : It specifies basic terminology, principles and methodology for achieving safety in the design of machinery. It specifies principles of risk assessment and risk reduction to help designers in achieving this objective.

ISO 14120:2015 ''Safety of machinery – guards – general requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards'' : It specifies general requirements for the design, construction, and selection of guards provided to protect persons from mechanical hazards.

ISO 13857:2019 ''Safety of machinery – safety distances to prevent hazard zones being reached by upper and lower limbs'' : It establishes values for safety distances in both industrial and non-industrial environments to prevent machinery hazard zones being reached. The safety distances are appropriate for protective structures.

Nowadays, there are local, regional, national, and international standards, like ISO, to comply with. Why should you care ? There is very good chance that your own local conveyor safety standards are already closely linked to ISO, influence by, or will be in near future by the latest versions, like the ISO 13857:2019 that just came out last December.

You need help seeing through ISO & other safety standards? Your have conveyor safety issues, or a conveyor safety project to work on ? you can contact me directly by email : ccochet(at)enduride.com. For more details about Enduride’s safety net, or past projects, click here 

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