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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Safe Walking Surfaces to Automotive Glazing Materials


8/1/2019

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes 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:

Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces

Unsafe walking surfaces and the missteps and injuries that often follow are so commonplace that expert-based articles are available on The Art of Falling Safely and The Right Way to Fall. Supporting a preventative approach, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a Fall Prevention Campaign with a list of steps that employers and employees can take to avoid falls and injuries in the workplace.

ASTM F1637-19, Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces, covers design and construction guidelines and minimum maintenance criteria for new and existing buildings, and structures. The practice is intended to provide reasonably safe walking surfaces for pedestrians wearing ordinary footwear. However, these guidelines may not be adequate for those with certain mobility impairments. The standard was developed by ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator.

ASTM has developed over 12,000 standards that are in use around the world, with a focus on improving product quality, enhancing health and safety, strengthening market access and trade, and building consumer confidence.

Glazing Materials in Motor Vehicles
The makeup of glass or window components of a car or other automobile varies depending on their placement in the vehicle: laminated glass is used for the windshield, and tempered glass is used for side window, the rear window, and the sunroof. Along with wire glass and rigid plastic, these products are called glazing materials, and they are chosen and tested extensively for their performance and the safety of drivers and passengers. SAE J 3097Z26-2019, Standard for Safety Glazing Materials for Glazing Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment Operating on Land Highways – Safety Standard, is a new guideline developed by SAE International specific to glazing materials for vehicles being driven on highways, including passenger cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and motorhomes.

SAE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a global association of engineers and related technical experts working in aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries. Their work includes voluntary consensus standards development as well as charitable initiatives through the SAE Foundation.

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