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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Slip Resistance to Electronic Healthcare Records

New York, Feb 28, 2006

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Slip Resistance on Walking and Working Surfaces
Slips and falls in the workplace are a significant concern to employers and employees alike as they can lead to serious injury and secondary accidents. The resistance of a surface to slipping is essential in ensuring safety in the workplace.

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has developed a standard specifying safe working and walking environments so that employees can perform their jobs safely. ANSI/ASSE A1264.2-2006, Provision of Slip Resistance on Walking/Working Surfaces, aims to protect individuals from potential slips and falls due to surface characteristics or conditions. Intended to apply primarily to industrial and workplace situations, the standard addresses floor surface characteristics; footwear traction properties; and environmental factors such as the presence of water, oil, or other slick substances as factors that lead to harmful slips and trips.

An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, ASSE works to advance the technical, scientific, managerial and ethical knowledge and skills of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals. ASSE is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.

Electronic Healthcare Records
Access to a patient’s medical records is essential in helping healthcare providers understand an individual’s medical history and deliver the best care specific to the individual’s needs. Electronic health records (EHRs) facilitate the easy transfer of a patient’s essential medical information between healthcare providers, pharmacists, laboratories, and hospitals. EHRs contain information crucial to a patient’s medical management, including a history of a patient’s health condition, medications, and allergies, as well as information specific to the effects that an individual’s occupational conditions may have on one’s health.

A new standard developed by ANSI member and accredited standards developer, ASTM International, will support the interoperability of information pertaining to the health implications associated with an individual’s work environment. ASTM E 2473, Guide for the Occupational/Environmental Health View of the Electronic Health Record, defines an occupational and environmental health view within the existing structure and terminology of electronic health records, and identifies ways in which this view can be used to support healthcare delivered to employees in the work setting. The standard also addresses the importance of ensuring the privacy and security of health data within a shared system.

ASTM is an active member of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), a cross-sector group of stakeholders involved in developing and coordinating the voluntary, consensus-based standards that will support the National Healthcare Information Network (NHIN).

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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