22/2/11 – Revisions to the European Safety Standard for Superabrasives
22 February 2011
Major revisions has been made to the standard EN13236 – Safety Requirements for Superabrasives. Originally published in 2001 with minor amendments being made in 2005 the standard has now undergone a major revision and the modified standard was approved by EU member countries last November.
Its publication as a BS EN Standard is awaited and there will be a twelve-month transition period for it to be adopted. From December 2011, all superabrasives marked with EN 13236 must comply with this new standard.
The main changes to the standard are:
– Revision of the destructive and non-destructive bending test requirements diamond saws
– Restrictions to the use of slots and holes in the steel blanks for diamond saws
– Limitations to segment height for diamond saws
– New marking requirements involving pictograms and traceability
These revisions will result in improved safety for products conforming it is urged that manufacturers will ensure that they meet the revised standard.