CEN - EN 12853
Food processing machinery - Hand-held blenders and whisks - Safety and hygiene requirements
|Publication Date:||1 May 2001|
|ICS Code (Plants and equipment for the food industry):||67.260|
This European Standard specifies the safety and hygiene requirements for the design and manufacture of hand-held blenders and whisks used in the commercial and institutional catering, and in food shops.
The term "hand-held blenders" is used to refer to the equipment covered by this standard.
The machines covered by this standard are hand-held appliances whose tool is intended to process a foodstuff in a container. Tools are designed to crush, mix, mash, emulsify, etc. foodstuffs such as vegetables into soups, mashes, purees, sauces, mayonnaise, cream, dairy products and more generally to process all solid, liquid, pasty or powdery foodstuffs to obtain a homogeneous fluid.
These appliances are designed to process up to 100 l of food in one operation.
This standard applies to the following machines, according to their weight and to the operating modes required by their intended use:
- manually operated machines, using one or both hands, actuated throughout the whole operation (see figure 1);
- machines operating resting on the bottom of the container (see figure 2);
- machines fixed to or placed on a special support which can be fitted to the container (see figure 3). The support acts as a substitute for the operator for operations that take a long time or for food processing which may present risks of burns (steam or splashes).
This standard does not apply to:
- domestic machines;
- vertical crushers, sieves mounted on trolleys and beam mixers (beam mixers are covered by EN 12854:2003).
This European Standard specifies all significant hazards, hazardous situations and events relevant to hand-held blenders and whisks, when they are used as intended and under conditions of misuse which are reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer (see Clause 4).
This European Standard deals with the hazards which can arise during commissioning, operation, cleaning, removal of food blockages, feeding, changing the tools, maintenance and decommissioning of the machine.
Noise is not considered to be a significant hazard for hand-held blenders and whisks. This does not mean that the manufacturer of these machines is absolved from reducing noise and making a noise declaration. Therefore, the information to be provided and a noise test code are given in this European Standard.
This European Standard is not applicable to hand-held blenders and whisks which are manufactured before the date of its publication as EN.