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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Industrial Trucks to Intraocular Lenses


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes 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 accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Industrial Trucks
Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts, are used in a wide range of industries to move large objects, pallets, boxes, crates, and other containers. Protecting workers from injuries while industrial trucks are in operation is imperative, and while most operators are concerned with injuries associated with driving, hitting, or falling accidents, hearing impairment is also a potential risk.

A recently released standard by the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) aims to curb hearing-related injuries for individuals who work around industrial trucks. ANSI/ITSDF B56.11.5-2014, Measurement of Sound Emitted by Low Lift, High Lift and Rough Terrain Powered Industrial Trucks, establishes the conditions, test procedures, environment, and instrumentation for the determination and reporting of the certain sound pressure levels of battery- and combustion-engine-powered industrial trucks. The new American National Standard (ANS) provides test procedures for measuring both operator and bystander exposure to sound, and provides the basis for determining the contribution powered industrial trucks make to the overall sound level of a selected work area.

ITSDF, an ANSI-accredited standards developer and organizational member, is a non-profit organization of industrial truck manufacturers and suppliers of component parts and accessories that conduct business in North America. The association serves its membership through international standards development, advancing engineering practices to promote safe products, disseminating statistical marketplace information, and providing industry forums for learning and networking.

Intraocular Lenses
Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. It is a vision condition in which the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly if an eyeball is too long or a cornea has too much curvature. As a result, close objects are seen clearly but distant objects appear blurry. To treat the condition, patients may opt for surgery to implant an intraocular lens (IOL) to rectify the light-focusing deficiency.

The Vision Council, an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member, recently published ANSI Z80.7-2013, Intraocular Lenses, as a guide for the use of IOL. The ANS applies to monofocal IOLs whose primary indication is the correction of aphakia, the absence of the lens of the eye due to surgical removal, a perforating wound or ulcer, or congenital anomaly.

Dedicated to enhancing life through better vision, the Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through advocacy and the promotion of quality vision care products and services in the global community. This non-profit, membership organization offers research and training to the industry, and serves as a liaison with consumers, providing education about the importance of vision care and the options in vision care products.

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