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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Refrigerators to Toy Electric Appliances

New York, Aug 21, 2002

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online News 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:


It's hard to imagine a time when purchasing huge blocks of ice for an "ice box" was the norm, but until the early 1900's, wooden boxes lined with tin or zinc and insulated with various materials including cork, sawdust, and seaweed were used to hold blocks of ice to "refrigerate" food. Today, at a time when you can find refrigerators almost anywhere, from college dorm rooms and hotel mini bars, to industrial size walk in coolers, the Association of Home and Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an ANSI member and ANSI-accredited standards developer, recently announced the publication of a new standard dealing with the typical household model. HRF-1-2002 Performance Evaluation Procedure for Household Refrigerators and Freezers establishes repeatable procedures for measuring specified product characteristics of this common home appliance. The significant changes in the new standard, in comparison to the 1988 edition, includes added definitions for Variable Defrost Control and Quick Freeze, testing methods for Dual Compressor systems, as well as a change to the Energy Factor calculation. As the standard suggests, the newest breed of refrigerators are complete with the latest technology, electronic systems, and innovative features, making this everyday household appliance more than just a box that keeps food cold.

Electrical Toy Appliances

Every little girl's dream was to be just like mom, and with the invention of toys like the Easy Bake Oven in 1965, it was almost possible. Since then, over sixteen million of these miniature ovens have been sold, allowing kids all over the world to satisfy their domestic urges. In response to the continuing popularity of this classic toy, and other electric toys like Light Bright and Kids Karaoke Sing Along machines, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.(UL), an ANSI member and ANSI-accredited standards developer, recently submitted for revision BSR/UL 696-200x, (formerly ANSI/UL 696-1995) Standard for Safety for Electric Toys. The revised standard will cover electrically operated toys including miniatures of full-sized appliances that may not necessarily perform the expected function of the copied appliance and that are intended to be used on nominal 120-volt brand circuits. Currently, the standard is under public review and is expected to be published after September 30. With this improved standard, the next generation of pastry chefs will be making "sweet memories" for years to come.

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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