Solutions for Whole Body Access as Addressed in the Updated ANSI B11.19 Standard

Though whole body access is a relatively common term in the realm of machine safety, many don’t understand exactly what risk reduction measures are needed to keep workers safe. Because of this, it’s important to find solutions that help reduce risk in situations where an individual may have full physical access to a safeguarded machine and remain undetected. However, the latest edition of ANSI B11.19 is the first general industrial safety standard to address this concern directly.

Whole body access is defined by ANSI B11.19 as “a situation where an an individual(s) can be completely inside the risk reduction measures defining a perimeter or safeguarded space.” It is also sometimes referred to as full body access, perimeter safeguarding, perimeter-guarding, or pass-through.

With this recent update of the ANSI B11.19 Standard, we’d like to provide you an overview of how this new standard may affect your facility and what you can do to stay compliant. In this six part white paper series, each paper will highlight a different aspect of the newest edition of the standard. In this third white paper, we’ll discuss solutions for whole body access addressed in the latest ANSI B11.19 Standard.

Miss the previous two white papers? Check out Part 1 and Part 2!

This white paper series is meant for guidance only and is accurate as of the time of publication. When implementing any safety measures, we recommend consulting a safety professional.