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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Poultry Processing to Chemical Sterilization in Health Care Facilities


New York, Jan 23, 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:

Ergonomics for Poultry Processing
Workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by the continuous repetition of activity are a common ailment experienced by workers across a broad range of industries. An increase in the reported number of MSDs prompted the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to publish voluntary standards that provide information, guidelines and recommendations to reduce the occurrence of MSDs and their associated costs.

Office professionals often develop carpal tunnel from hours typing on the computer while meat processing specialists are at risk of injuring their backs, necks, elbows, wrists, and hands. In 1993, OSHA published Ergonomics Program Management Guidelines for Meatpacking Plants which it utilized as the foundation to create guidelines designed specifically for the poultry processing industry. Guidelines for Poultry Processing: Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders provide recommendations for poultry processing facilities to reduce the number and severity of work-related MSDs. In preparing these recommendations, OSHA reviewed existing practices and programs as well as available scientific information on ergonomics, and solicited input from a variety of stakeholders.

OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

Chemical Sterilization in Health Care Facilities
A browse through the household cleaning or personal hygiene isle of any pharmacy or grocery store will exemplify how important fighting bacteria is in our daily lives. Achieving an even higher level of sterilization and disinfection is essential in hospitals and other health care facilities where infection and disease are treated. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, works to increase the understanding and beneficial application of medical instrumentation in areas such as sterilization.

AAMI standard ST58-2005, Chemical sterilization and high-level disinfection in health care facilities, is a revision of ANSI/AAMI ST58-1996 and ANSI/AAMI ST58-A1-2002, Safe use and handling of glutaraldehyde-based products in health care facilities. This standard provides guidelines for the selection and use of chemical sterilizing agents and high level disinfectants (HLDs) that have been cleared for marketing by the FDA for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. These guidelines are intended to assist healthcare personnel in the safe and effective use of chemical sterilants, HLDs and associated equipment. For additional information visit www.aami.org.


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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