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PLASTICS' equipment council staff

The plastics industry depends on high-tech machinery to manufacture the products and materials that make modern living possible. Whether big enough to fill an average-sized home or small enough to sit on an office desk, this machinery should be built to standards designed, first and foremost, to ensure the safety of the machine operator or maintainer.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developer that works to ensure that all plastics machinery is built to standard. The ANSI-accredited operating procedures meet the requirements for due process and development of consensus required by ANSI.  Through its Machinery Safety Standards Committee, PLASTICS is able to provide professionals throughout the industry a venue to work through ANSI procedures to ensure the standardization of plastics machinery to protect workers and achieve efficiency in productivity.

To purchase copies of machinery safety standards, visit the PLASTICS store

  • Machinery Safety Standards Committee Structure

    The Committee, currently chaired by Stan Glover of Zeiger Industries, is divided into four subcommittees:

    • Blow Molding Safety Subcommittee
      Chair: Chuck Flammer, Kautex Machines, Inc.
    • Extrusion Safety Subcommittee
      Chair: Mike Mitchell, Davis-Standard, LLC
    • Injection Molding Safety Subcommittee  
      Chair: Jim Pilavdzic, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Inc.
    • Robot Safety Subcommittee
      Chair: Duane Royce, Wittmann Battenfeld

    The Machinery Safety Standards Committee also administers the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on the safety of plastics and rubber machines.  Participation in this group enables technical experts from plastics companies in the U.S. to weigh in on the development of standards governing machines built in the U.S. and other countries, ensuring consistency across the global market so that machines are built with operator safety in mind no matter where they are manufactured.

  • Join Us

    The PLASTICS Machinery Safety Technical Committee is open to participation by any interested party. Membership in PLASTICS technical committees is complimentary and most work is conducted via email and web conference. If you are interested in participating, please complete the membership application and return it to Megan Hayes (

  • Safety Violation Resources

    It was brought to our attention by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Equipment Council membership that a uniform letter used within the industry to point out safety violations would be helpful when going in to do field service work. This would send a unified message to the market place that it is the responsibility of the industry as a whole (including plastic processors) to maintain a safe environment where a piece of equipment can be properly serviced when down or in need of periodic maintenance.

    So, PLASTICS is supplying you with a single, vetted document for you to use when necessary. Note it is not PLASTICS’ intent to take legal responsibility for such an action Below is a link to a copy of the violation letter and sample of a typical violation write up. This can also be found on the Machinery Safety Standards Committee webpage.

    Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Petrakis, Vice President, Industry Affairs, Equipment Council at or 224.628.8336. This is just one more way PLASTICS is trying to support our members’ needs in every way possible.

  • Published PLASTICS Standards

Have questions?

If you have questions about or need interpretation of any ANSI/PLASTICS standards, please complete the PLASTICS Request for Interpretation Form. Please avoid open-ended questions and attempt to pose any request for interpretation in such a way that it can be answered with a yes or a no.

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