Additive manufacturing, new challenges for OSH standardization

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Growing enthusiasm for additive manufacturing in industry is leading standardization organizations to study the need for normative documents to define an occupational safety and health framework for the subject.

The Technical Committee ISO/TC 261, “Additive Manufacturing”, under whose responsibility six standards and/or drafts have already been published since 2013, has highlighted health and safety issues in this area. Several studies evaluate the risks relating to dangerous exhalations from household machines produced by additive manufacturing using plastic thread. The increasingly frequent use of powders during melting by laser or electron beam also worry the standards organizations.

An ad hoc “Safety” group in the Technical Committee was formed to work on the subject in early 2016. It is set to meet in Stockholm very soon in order to continue drawing up a draft standard for preventing these risks.

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