British Standards and other documents applicable to textile machinery safety

There are several British Standards and other documents that apply to textile machinery, including:

  • PD 5304:2005 – Guidance on safe use of machinery
  • BS EN ISO 10821:2005 + A1:2009 - Industrial sewing machines – Safety requirements for sewing machines, units and systems

As well as hazards such as needles, noise, heat, ergonomics and electricity, this Standard covers button, buttonhole and programmable pattern sewing machines; bartacking, quilting, bag closing, embroidery, glove and blindstitch sewing machines; sewing machines for shoe repair; and linking machines

BS EN ISO 11111-1:2009 Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 1: Common requirements (ISO 11111-1:2009)

This covers hazards such as:

  • machinery, including: rollers, rotating shafts, wheels, running wheels, hand wheels, doors and lids, opening and closing, locking and unlocking of doors/lids under pressure, entry into machines, conveyors, fans, cutting devices, work platforms and walkways on machines, work areas adjacent to tanks and pits, radiators or burners for the direct heat treatment of yarn and fabric, devices for steam heating of liquors, liquor preparatory machinery and stirrers, dancing rollers, batching devices (surface-driven, centre and ascending batch winders), mangles, pilers and plaiters, automatic machines and equipment
  • electrical, mechanical, static electricity, fluid power systems, extreme temperatures, noise, lasers, radiation, fire and explosion.

BS EN ISO 11111-2:2005 + A1:2009 - Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 2: Spinning preparatory and spinning machines:

This Standard covers:

  • Opening, cleaning, blending machines, including automated blending bale openers, teasers, willows, bale breakers and hopper feeders, moving bin emptiers and bunker emptiers
  • Wool scouring (wool washing) machines
  • Baling machines
  • Carding machines, including flat cards, roller and clearer cards and tape condensers
  • Converters and stretch-breaking converters
  • Spinning preparation machines subsequent to carding including draw frames for short fibres; gill boxes (including 'intersecting' and 'chain-gill' types); backwashers; sliver and ribbon lap machines; lap formers; cotton combers; rectilinear combs for worsted yarn and flax yarn and similar; speedframes; high draft finishers and automatic sliver can-doffing units
  • Spinning machines, including ring, open-end and gill spinning machines

BS EN ISO 11111-3:2005 + A1:2009 - Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 3: Nonwoven machinery

This Standard covers

  • Opening, cleaning, blending machines
  • Carding machines
  • Needle-punching machines
  • Stitch-bonding machines
  • Cylinder dryers
  • Batching machines

BS EN ISO 11111-4:2005 + A1:2009 - Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 4: Yarn processing, cordage and rope manufacturing machinery

This Standard covers

  • Doubling, twisting and texturing machines
  • Reeling and winding machines
  • Ball winding machines
  • Cordage and rope manufacturing machines, including goods machines and spreaders, draw frames and finishes, stranding machines, laying (closing) machines, combined stranding and closing machines, strand-plaited rope-making machines
  • Braiding machines

BS EN ISO 11111-5:2005 + A1:2009 - Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 5: Preparatory machinery to weaving and knitting

This Standard covers

  • Warping, beaming and assembly beaming machines
  • Sizing equipment including side baths and cylinder dryers for sizing lines
  • Size kettles
  • Storage equipment for warp beams

BS EN ISO 11111-6:2005 + A1:2009 -Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 6: Fabric manufacturing machinery

  • Weaving machines including shuttle, rapier, pile wire (Wilton, épinglé, velvet), gripper, face-to-face (pile, heavy fabric, carpet) water-jet, needle type narrow fabric and Jacquard machines
  • Knitting machines including circular, flat bed and warp knitting machines
  • Tufting machines
  • Storage equipment for beams

BS EN ISO 11111-7:2005 + A1:2009 –Textile machinery - Safety requirements - Part 7: Dyeing and finishing machinery

This Standard covers

  • Preparation machines and equipment including brushing, cropping, shearing, slitting, singeing, desizing (scouring) machines; discontinuous bleaching plants (open kiers) bleaching pits, continuous bleaching plants, washers, autoclaves, continuous streamers for fabric, J-boxes, mercerizing equipment; crabbing and milling machines
  • Dyeing machines and apparatus including atmospheric and high temperature dyeing machines and apparatus; liquor preparation plants for dyeing processes, jigs, winches, jet dyeing machines, padding mangles, continuous dyeing machines, package-dyeing apparatus, beam-dyeing apparatus and hank-dyeing machines
  • Printing machines including flat screen, rotary screen, transfer, roller-printing machines and colour paste preparation plant
  • Fixation, wetting and drying machines including steam chambers, wringing machines, stenters, tenters, dryers, bakers, cylinder dryers and straightening machines
  • Finishing machines including calenders, (also for knitted fabric), coating and laminating machines, cropping,  shearing and shrinking machines, flocking plant, decatizing machines, rotary presses, polishing machines and  liquor preparation plants for finishing processes
  • Making-up and presentation machines including inspection and folding machines

You can buy copies of British Standards from British Standards Online (BSOL)

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Updated 2023-12-18