Timothy R. Rugh
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3-A SSI Standards and Accepted Practices Updates

Summer is known as the time of year for all types of construction projects – in the world of 3-A SSI, summer lasts all year round.

 

 

 

3-A SSI staff and a network of committed volunteers participating in the 3-A SSI Work Groups continues to work on the revision of all Standards and Accepted Practices to the new “B Level” format. This new format utilizes the ANSI/3-A 00-00-2014, 3-A Sanitary Standard for General Requirements (“GR”) as a Normative Reference, which means the requirements within the GR are mandatory where they apply.

 

3-A SSI has issued six revised standards since the conversion activity began. The following revision projects are active: 

 

  • WG 1 (Vessels) revision Project B-78-01-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Spray Devices Intended to Remain in Place
  • WG 2 (Fillers) revision Project B-17-11-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Formers, Fillers, and Sealers of Containers for Fluid Milk and Fluid Milk Products
  • WG 3 (Valves & Fittings) revision Project B-58-01-A for  3-A Sanitary Standard for Check Valves and Vacuum Breakers
  • WG 4 (Pumps & Mixers) revision Project B-04-05-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Homogenizers and Reciprocating Pumps
  • WG 5 (Heat Exchangers) revision Project B-31-06-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Scraped Surface Heat Exchangers
  • WG 6 (Conveyors & Feeders) revision Project B-81-00-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Auger-type Feeders
  • WG 7 (Instruments) revision Project B-74-06-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Sensors and Sensor Fittings and Connections
  • WG 8 (Concentrating Equipment) revision Project B-610-02-A for 3-A Accepted Practice for Sanitary Construction, Installation, and Cleaning of Crossflow Membrane Processing Systems, for Crossflow Membrane Modules
  • WG 9 (Farm & Raw Milk) revision Project B-30-01-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Farm Milk Storage Tanks
  • WG 10 (Cheese & Butter Equipment) revision Project B-38-00-A for 3-A Sanitary Standard for Open Cheese Vats and Tables
  • WG 11 (Process & Cleaning) revision Project B-605-04-A for 3-A Accepted Practice for Installation and CIP of Processing Equipment and Hygienic Pipelines
  • WG 12 (Plant Support) revision Project B-604-05-A for 3-A Accepted Practice for Supplying Air Under Pressure in Contact With Product

 

New WG Projects

  • WG 4 (Pumps & Mixers) - Members are regularly meeting for the development of a new 3-A Sanitary Standard for Mechanical Seals, B-77-00-A

  • WG 9 (Farm & Raw Milk Equipment) - Members are regularly meeting for the development of a new 3-A Accepted Practice for Unitized Automated Milking Installations, B-102-00-A

 

WG 14 (General Requirements) Activity

The Steering Committee approved the 15 amendments, following a long period of review and consideration.  The revisions will be published in the 2nd edition of the General Requirements Standard, 00-01. A press release will be made to announce the publication of the 3-A Sanitary Standard for General Requirements, 00-01.  The WG will be reconvening to review new proposals for amendment of the 3-A Sanitary Standard for General Requirements, 00- for a future 3rd edition.  

 

A comprehensive status report is available online at www.3-a.org under Standards & Committees, see Working Groups.

 

Participate on a 3-A SSI Working Group

If you would like to join a 3-A SSI WG, comment on an active project, propose an amendment or revision to a current 3-A Sanitary Standard or Accepted Practice or proposed a new project you should visit the following webpage: http://www.3-a.org/Standards-Committees/Working-Groups and complete the necessary forms. You may also contact Eric Schweitzer at 3-A SSI for further information.
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