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Safety is not an option!
// August, 2014

Safety is not an option!

The AAALAC international position statement on safety requirements indicates that “all the safety features should be clearly identified and have legible instructional signage located adjacent to or on the safety feature, readily visible and easy to read and comprehend in an emergency situation”. A set of emergency signs are available… 

…for walk-in cage/rack washers, decontamination chambers and generic emergency buttons. Considering the nature of the applications, they have been fully tested for temperature and chemical resistance to enhance their durability over time and ensure visibility for the entire life span. Don’t hesitate to contact your local representative to get yours!

The emergency signs are just the tip of the iceberg when talking about safety aspects, as the global leader for the integrated washing and automation solutions in the lab animal field, IWT is designing and manufacturing solutions with a particular attention to risk assessment.

Normative and directives are always hand-in-hand with the engineering principles that are guiding our team of designers. Innovation, high performances, low consumptions and ease of use are our mantra together with the operator safety, not only under an ergonomic and allergen exposure points of view but also in term of operational aspects.

IWT washing machines, bedding handling systems and robotics are totally compliant with the international standard requirements, such as:

  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
  • EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • Risk assessment and reduction UNI EN ISO 12100:2010
  • Electrical equipment CEI EN 60204-1
  • Safety on control systems UNI EN ISO 13849-1:2008
  • Robot system/cell UNI EN ISO 10218-2:2011

Part of our risk analysis is the right selection of the components adopted with the maximum attention and focus on quality, reliability and obviously safety:

  • Appropriate IP rates for washing equipment (e.g. IP55 electrical box and IP65 sensors as minimum)
  • Maximum PL (Performance level) required  for the access gates to robotic cells (e.g.  PLe electro-mechanic door lock and light curtains protection)
  • ATEX certified components (e.g. sensors) for bedding handling systems accordingly to classified zones (IEC 60079-10-2:2009)

These are just examples of standards for all the IWT portfolio of solutions because for us… SAFETY IS NOT AN OPTION!  

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