B65 – Safety Standards

APTech supports and administers the activities of the ANSI-Accredited B65 Committee.

Interested in Printing Safety?

The B65 committee seeks participation from all members of the printing industry in the area of safety of printing equipment and systems. This work is open to anyone with an interest. The committee is especially seeking users of these technologies to participate in this work.

Interested? Contact Debbie Orf at dorf@aptech.org for more information.


The B65 Committee is a standards-developing group accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It has been in existence since the early 1950's, administered at that time by the National Safety Council and Printing Industries of America. In the early 1970's the committee became inactive for some time and was re-activated and re-accredited by ANSI in 1983, under the administration of NPES (now APTech).


The B65 Committee develops ANSI safety standards for:

  • printing presses and press systems
  • binding/finishing equipment and systems
  • bindery cutting machines
  • platen presses
  • ink making equipment

These standards address:

  • design, arrangement, designation, and color scheme of controls and signaling devices
  • guarding and interlocking of guards
  • mechanical safety devices
  • symbology
  • safe practices as they apply to printing equipment


As the printing machinery industry becomes more globally focused, the design of uniform international safety standards is increasingly important. These standards allow manufacturers to design and build equipment to a single set of safety standards, regardless of the country of import/export.

Much of the B65 work has been incorporated into safety standards that are now published documents by ISO TC 130. B65 members continue to provide input into work being done at the ISO level, thereby ensuring the US viewpoints are taken into consideration. For ISO standards related to safety in graphic technology, B65 augments the work of the US TAG to ISO TC 130. In addition, B65 determines how best to adopt the work of ISO TC 130 as national standards, whether it be an identical national adoption or an adoption with modifications.


Participation on B65 committees and at meetings is open to anyone having an interest.

For more information contact APTech Standards. 

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