NEW YORK -- Members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), held a five-day summit in New York, March 9-13, to review and comment on current technology and machinery standards.

It was the first meeting of its kind and featured 10 ISO members representing Germany, France, Austria, Brazil and Italy who met with  U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) members and OSHA, which gave an overview of its rules and requirements, at the ANSI New York offices.

The ISO group has reactivated and reviewed existing European machine standards, for the purpose of creating new and up to date International standards to be embraced by all major developed countries worldwide. The ANSI US/TAG was formed in April, 2014 for the purpose of evaluating and harmonize these International standards, so they can be adopted and published in the USA through ANSI.

OSHA provided in important presentation on its operational procedures and standards and a Q&A session on comparing and constrasting requirements and enforcement standards followed.

"The US TAG feels that an important first step has been taken in the future involvement of OSHA in accepting and utilizing harmonized ISO/ANSI standards in the U.S, although much work still needs to be done," says Riccardo Azzoni, Executive Vice President, WMIA. "We encourage all people that are “experts” in specific types of machines, whether WMIA members or not, to contact us because your input can have a significant impact on the final standards that will affect our industry for years to come."

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.