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ASABE revises standard for farmstead equipment safety

Published on 27 May 2022

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed revision ANSI/ASAE S354.8, Safety for Farmstead Equipment.

The revision includes updates to the document format and references, wording clarifications and alignment with the guarding sections of ANSI/ASABE S318.18, Safety for Agricultural Field Equipment. Other changes include an added definition for ensiled material and improved requirements for open-top mixer guarding and access.

S354 is a guide to provide a reasonable degree of personal safety for operators and other persons during normal operation and servicing of farmstead equipment. It applies to various farmstead equipment but does not apply to agricultural field equipment nor to self-propelled mobile equipment such as motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and skid steer loaders.

ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access the full text of the standard by electronic download in about a week. Location for the download is on the ASABE online technical library. Others can obtain a download for a fee directly from the library or by contacting ASABE headquarters.

ASABE is recognized worldwide as a standards-developing organization for food, agricultural and biological systems, with more than 280 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where required by state, provincial or other governmental requirements, and the documents are developed by consensus in accordance with procedures approved by the American National Standards Institute. For information on this or any other ASABE standard, contact Scott Cedarquist at (269) 932-7031 or by email. A current listing of all ASABE standards projects can be found on the ASABE website.

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Further information on the society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 or via email, or by visiting the ASABE website.  end mark

—From an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers news release