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Voluntary Consensus Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Brushes to Ballistics

New York, Sep 26, 2005

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:

Brushes take many forms and perform many functions, from the one you use to brush your teeth in the morning to large-scale industrial brushes used in machines and assembly lines. Because industry and businesses of all types have come to depend on the versatility of the brush to help them make their products, the Safety and Standards Committee of the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) reviews proposed new brush-related standards and recommends changes to existing standards of consequence to its members.

The latest standard from ANSI member ABMA is a revision of the American National Standard, Safety Requirements of the Design, Care, and Use of Power-Driven Brushing Tools, ANSI B165.1. The goal of this standard is to establish requirements for the design, care, and use of power-driven brushing tools in order to prevent injuries to those who use them. ABMA B165.1:2000 has been reviewed, revised, and updated through the Canvass Method with the support and interest of several organizations.

Ballistic Standards
How does one “prove” what is “bullet-proof”? ANSI member and accredited standards developer Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., publishes standard ballistic requirements for bullet-resistant products that protect life and property against robbery or holdup.

ANSI/UL 752-2005, Standard for Safety for Bullet-Resisting Equipment, covers materials, devices, and fixtures used to form bullet-resisting barriers. As used in these requirements, the term "bullet-resisting" signifies that protection is provided against complete penetration, passage of fragments of projectiles, or spalling (fragmentation) of the protective material to the degree that injury would be caused to a person standing directly behind the bullet-resisting barrier. These requirements also cover electrically-operated equipment, such as teller's fixtures using electrically-driven deal trays or package passers, and intercommunication or other electrical equipment that is an integral part of the bullet-resisting product.

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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