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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Hatchets to Manual Food and Beverage Dispensing Equipment


New York, Jun 28, 2004

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:

Hatchets
From the home to the construction site, hatchets can be found in almost every toolbox, and as with most bladed tools, safety in the design and use of this tool is important. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), recently revised the ANSI/ASME B107.42M standard on the safety requirements for the design, construction, testing and use of hatchets.

Hatchets have a striking face on one end of the head and a blade or bit on the opposite end and, depending on the type, can be used for general or specialized jobs. The half hatchet or carpenters’ hatchet are for general use while flooring, lath and shingling hatchets are used for special tasks like laying hardwood floors or installing drywall. Quality is determined by the grade of steel used in the head, material in the handle, how the handle and head are attached and the type of tempering and sharpening.

Manual Food and Beverage Dispensing Equipment
When you are hungry or thirsty, the last thing on your mind is the equipment that is dispensing the food or beverage to you, so it may ease your mind to know that there are standards available that cover this. An ANSI member, NSF International recently revised the American National Standard featuring requirements for equipment and devices that manually dispense food or beverages, in bulk or in portions.

ANSI/NSF 18, Manual Food and Beverage Dispensing Equipment, establishes minimum food protection and sanitation requirements for the materials, design, construction and performance of manual food and beverage dispensing equipment and their related components. Ensuring that the equipment meets the standard would include testing the physical design and construction of the equipment to make sure that it can be easily cleaned and to determine that materials used in making the equipment are nontoxic, corrosion resistant and that the coatings are durable enough to withstand impact and abrasion.


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) pr@ansi.org. 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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