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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Construction Hoists to Log Homes


New York, Mar 19, 2007

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:

Construction Hoists
Residents or visitors in any metropolitan city have witnessed construction workers balanced hundreds of feet in the air while erecting a modern building. Though these workers may seem compromised, standards and technology have improved safety conditions in construction areas throughout the United States. A recently approved American National Standard for rope-guided and non-guided worker’s hoists further promotes safety practices during construction and demolition operations.

ANSI A10.22-2007, Rope-Guided and Non-Guided Workers’ Hoists Safety Requirements, establishes minimum safety requirements for temporary personnel hoisting systems used to transport personnel to and from working elevations during operations and maintenance. A10.22-2007 is restricted to use in special situations such as work in chimneys, towers, shafts and similar projects. Developed by the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A10 on construction and demolition operations, the standard is one of a series of A10 documents that serve as guides to contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers. ANSI member the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) serves as the secretariat for ASC A10.

Log Homes
Whether to enjoy a summertime swim in a cool lake or the colorful shades of autumn, popular family vacations often include an escape to a log cabin in the mountains or forest preserve. Due to a growing number of log homes and commercial buildings—both in and outside of national and state parks—ANSI member and accredited standards developer the International Code Council (ICC) recently developed a standard that aims to ensure the safety of these structures.

ANSI/ICC 400-2007, Standard for the Design, Construction and Performance of Log Structures, details technical and performance criteria to facilitate the design, construction and installation of safe and reliable homes and structures built with log timbers. ANSI/ICC 400-2007 is intended to complement the National Park Service's use of the International Building Code and to bring an added level of protection to residential log structures. The document will also be considered for reference in the 2007 Supplement to the International Codes.


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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