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ISO 13482 - the new safety standard for personal care robots

: Jacobs, Theo; Virk, Gurvinder

Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker e.V. -VDE-, Berlin:
ISR/Robotik 2014, Joint Conference of 45th International Symposium on Robotics and 8th German Conference on Robotics. Proceedings. CD-ROM : 2 -3 June 2014, Munich, Germany, parallel to AUTOMATICA
Berlin: VDE-Verlag, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-8007-3601-0
International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) <45, 2014, Munich>
German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK) <8, 2014, Munich>
European Commission EC
FP7; 611247; RockEU
Fraunhofer IPA ()
ISO/DIS 13482; personal care robot; Pflegeunterstützung; Mensch-Roboter-Interaktion; Pflegeroboter; Normung; Roboter; Sicherheit

In the future, personal care robots will work in close interaction with humans. This poses a great challenge to the manufacturers of such robots who have to ensure the safety of their systems. Up to now, only general safety standards for machines were available and the lack of a specialized safety standard with detailed requirements has resulted in uncertainty and a relatively high residual risk for manufacturers. This situation is changed with the publication of ISO 13482, a safety standard for personal care robots.
This paper gives an overview about the contents of the new safety standard and the expected effects for service robot manufacturers and the way, personal care robots will be developed in the future. The scope of the standard and its application in the risk assessment process is described. Special focus lies on the aspect of intended close-interaction and contact between human and robot, and the possibility to validate that all safety requirements have been met.