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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Commercial Laundry and Dry Cleaning to Hardboard Siding

New York, Dec 15, 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:

Commercial Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Anyone who has ever tried to throw a wool sweater in the home washing machine knows that the professional laundry and dry cleaning industry is serious business. The only tried and true way of keeping suits properly cleaned and sweaters from shrinking to the size of a toy poodle, commercial dry cleaning and laundry facilities make sure that garments maintain their intended fit and appearance after cleaning.

The Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer, helps to keep these facilities operating smoothly and safely through the development of commercial laundry and dry cleaning equipment standards.

TCATA’s newly released ANSI Z8.1-2006, Safety Requirements for Commercial Laundry and Drycleaning Equipment and Operations, details safety requirements for the operation and use of such equipment as regular and cabinet presses, washers, and squeeze extractors. ANSI Z8.1-2006 also sets down special safety requirements for personnel, discouraging the use of baggy garments, dangling jewelry and loose hair styles near the equipment. Additionally, the document contains provisions on proper equipment repair and maintenance.

Hardboard Siding
From exterior siding and home wall paneling to household furniture and office desks, hardboard (also known as high-density fiberboard) is a composite wood product used in numerous commercial and industrial products. Engineered from highly compressed wood fibers, its hardness and density make it applicable to a wide range of uses.

ANSI-accredited standards developer the Composite Panel Association (CPA) is the North American trade association dedicated to increasing the acceptance and use of composite panel products and educating users about their benefits. As part of this effort, CPA sponsors and publishes industry product standards and participates in the standards development work of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and others.

The latest standard published by CPA outlines requirements and methods for testing the physical properties, surface characteristics and dimensions of hardboard siding. Known as ANSI/CPA A135.6-2006, Hardboard Siding, the document also includes definitions of trade terms and methods of identifying products that comply with the standard.

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.

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