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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Elevating Work Platforms to Door Release Devices

New York, Aug 18, 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:

Elevating Work Platforms
Elevating work platforms are commonly used in the construction industry to safely lift and lower workers involved in activities such as maintenance painting and window washing. ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) works to improve the safety of these workers by writing standards for the design, construction, testing, and operation of elevating platforms and similar aerial lift devices.

The newly released American National Standard, ANSI/SIA A92.6-2006, Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms, defines design, manufacture, and reconditioning requirements for self-propelled work platforms. ANSI/SIA A92.6-2006 represents an update to a previous version that has been recognized as the industry consensus standard for these machines. The specific responsibilities of dealers, owners, users, operators, and brokers of these devices are also laid out in this standard.

Door Release Devices
From hinges and locks to key control systems and exit devices, ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) works to develop standards that promote building safety and security.

The association recently released ANSI/BHMA A156.15-2006, Release Devices – Closer Holder, Electromagnetic and Electromechanical, a standard designed to ensure the safe and proper operation of door release devices. Such devices are commonly used as a fire safety measure to automatically release and close doors when a fire alarm sounds. A156.15-2006 contains performance tests that set criteria for the operation and strength of these important safety tools.

The standard is part of the ANSI/BHMA A156 series, a widely-used suite of standards in the building industry that defines the appropriate operation, performance, safety criteria, and test values of numerous types of hardware products.

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.