APTech administers two ANSI-accredited committees, subcommittees and task forces developing safety and technical standards; the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 130 (Graphic technology) and seven ISO working groups in the areas of prepress digital data exchange, safety of printing equipment and the environmental impact of printed products.In the area of product safety, APTech administers consensus standards programs operating under the guidelines of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop standards that promote the manufacture of safe equipment and also provide guidelines for the safe use of printing equipment.
The Association serves as secretariat to the ANSI-accredited B65 Committee. Members also oversee APTech safety programs and work closely with the Government Affairs Committee in pursuit of federal product liability law reform and other regulatory and legislative activities. In addition, the program provides:
- Information and programs to assist members in producing safe products for the industry
- Recommendations on ways which manufacturers, distributors and customers can work cooperatively to reduce the possibility of personal injury from products used in the graphic arts industry
- Connections to safety-related and standards organizations both domestically and internationally
- Information on product liability and insurance issues