EN 13857:2019 Safety distances

Author: CEmarking TEAM | Last edited: 30.05.2020

In future, EN ISO 13857:2019 Safety of machinery — Safety distances to prevent hazard zones being reached by upper and lower limbs will replace EN ISO 13857:2008, which is currently still listed as a harmonized standard in the EU Official Journal and thus gives a presumption of conformity.

"This document defines values for safety distances against reaching hazardous machine areas for industrial and public areas. The safety distances are suitable for protective constructions. It also contains information on distances that prevent free access by the lower limbs.

Compared to EN ISO 13857:2008, the following changes have been made:

The provision of the data refers to persons of the following age / application groups:

Not considered / provided in this standard:

Changes compared to EN 13857:2008

It can be noted that the standard has mainly been editorially revised - changes to the significantly important data such as dimensions for safety distances, access or intervention sizes etc. have not changed.
The following essential topic was added as an independent major item (4.4) in the standard:

consideration of the access of the whole body
The following opening sizes allow access for the whole body and must not be used without additional protective measures.

This is only an excerpt of point 4.4; the core information mentioned was already noted in the respective tables in the old edition of EN ISO 13857:2008 - only a new clarification of the facts is given.