The introduction of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies has the potential to transform modern industrial production, but it also brings new considerations for manufacturers and their employees. These considerations include potential safety risks associated with AM materials, equipment and production facilities. The introduction of AM capabilities can be particularly complex in existing production facilities with established safety management practices. UL AM Facility Safety Management Services are designed to help AM technology users manage the inherent process risks within an AM facility and achieve conformance to regulatory requirements and industry standards.
Combining AM industry expertise with existing services, such as Field Evaluation, Hazardous Locations, Workplace Health & Safety, Building Materials and Fire Safety, UL is uniquely positioned to provide leading facility safety solutions. Facilities are evaluated against the requirements of UL 3400, the Outline of Investigation for Additive Manufacturing Facility Safety Management. To date, UL 3400 is the AM industry’s first resource to provide guidance around how safety and AM come together. It references applicable standards from OSHA, NFPA, UL and ASTM among others. The outline is structured in a modular manner so it can be easily adapted for regional code and safety requirements.
Identify and Manage AM Facility Hazards
UL helps facilities reduce risks within an AM facility via a phased approach:
- Phase I: Site Assessment & Evaluation Plan
Onsite assessment of the current or future AM facility including layout, material handling and storage, AM and ancillary equipment, workforce and hazardous locations. Identification of near term and future state safety considerations and opportunities for immediate remediation. A detailed course of action to achieve optimized safety and operational guidelines, including abatement, mitigation and management.
- Phase II: Final Review / Readiness Assessment
Review of Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and assessment of process safety management system elements for operation and maintenance of the AM Facility. Includes confirmation and review of SOPs and required safety documentation in accordance with UL 3400.
- Phase III: Certification
In addition to Phase I and II, organizations pursuing certification against UL 3400 are also required to have AM equipment certified or evaluated by a third party, workforce safety training focused on AM risks and hazards and ongoing surveillance to ensure continued maintenance of safety management practices. Upon meeting the requirements of UL 3400, facilities will be issued a certificate and digital badge.
Services may be purchased separately or as a comprehensive certification package.
An Approach to Safety for Every AM Experience Level
UL AM Facility Safety Services address the needs of the following audiences:
Organizations new to, or in the early stages of, integrating AM may be unaware of what is required to provide a safe AM environment that meets existing standards and regulations.
Organizations that have already implemented AM may be unaware of, or wish to improve upon, how to properly manage AM process and material hazards.
- Code Officials seeking technical assistance to approve an AM installation.
Facility Safety will help reduce your organization’s liability by minimizing the risk of employee injury as well as equipment and facility damage.
Get Started Today
Contact UL to schedule an appointment with one of our AM Facility Safety Engineers. We’ll discuss your needs and develop a plan to achieve your facility safety objectives.