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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Garage Doors to Plastic Pallets

New York, Jun 20, 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:

Garage Doors
Although automatic garage doors have become the norm in most homes throughout the United States, garage doors must occasionally be operated manually due to a power outage or similar malfunction. Every year, many unsuspecting homeowners injure their hands by placing them between door sections to pull the garage door down. To combat serious injury, ANSI member the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) has released a new standard for residential garage door systems.

ANSI/DASMA 116-2007, Section Interfaces on Residential Garage Door Systems, known as the “pinch standard,” defines performance- and prescriptive-based methods of evaluating section interfaces on residential garage doors in an effort to protect fingers and hands. ANSI/DASMA 116-1007 stipulates that garage doors should be equipped with pinch-resistant joints, lift handles, or suitable gripping points on the inside and outside of the door. If manual pressure on a door becomes necessary, DASMA warns homeowners to use handles or safe gripping points exclusively.

A trade association of manufacturers and operators of garage doors, high performance doors, vehicular gates, and access control products, DASMA provides a leading voice for the industry. Through DASMA’s efforts, homeowners and businesses can rely on safer products that provide enhanced protection against high winds, fire, entrapment and injury.

Plastic Pallets
In an effort to determine the demand on a sprinkler system during a fire in a warehouse setting, FM Approvals, a division of ANSI member organization FM Global Technologies, recently published ANSI/FM 4996-2007, Classification of Idle Plastic Pallets as Equivalent to Wood Pallets. Following the full-scale sprinklered fire test, the standard sets fire performance requirements of plastic pallets as equivalent to those of wood pallets.

As seen at many home improvement and garden centers, plastic pallets are platforms used to store, shelve and transport large loads of goods by forklift or pallet truck. Pallets fashioned from plastic have several advantages over wooden pallets: they last longer and are more structurally sound, don’t cause splinters, mold or mildew, and are more likely to hold up in inclement weather conditions. Although ANSI/FM 4996-2007 specifically addresses plastic pallets, it can also be used to test pallets made from other combustible materials.

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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