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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From First Aid Kits to Baseballs and Bats

New York, May 20, 2003

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:

Workplace First Aid

Since 1933, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has worked to promote the standardization of safety equipment and the proper use of personal protective equipment in order to improve worker safety. In pursuit of this goal, ISEA recently revised its standard regarding first aid kits for the workplace.

The new ISEA standard, ANSI Z308.1-2003, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits (an expansion upon ANSI Z308.1-1998), is a performance-based standard that establishes the minimum performance ability for first aid kits used at worksites. The standard specifies products that must be contained in any workplace first aid kit in order to address injuries that are most likely to occur, namely major and minor wounds, minor burns and eye injuries. ISEA notes that Z308.1 should be viewed mainly as a starting point for an organization’s first aid kit, as many workplaces have job-specific risks that should be addressed on a case-by-case basis with the addition of products necessary to meet those unique needs. Visit ISEA online to see their list of recommended workplace first aid kits and to learn more about their current campaign to improve road construction safety.

Baseballs and Bats

As summer approaches, "America’s pastime" is on the minds of countless fans. Baseball devotees sit in bleachers and on couches watching for that magic moment when their favorite player hits a homerun. But the truth is, a lot of factors beyond a player’s strength and skill determine how far a hit might fly, including certain qualities of the baseball and bat being used. Two new standards from ASTM International measure some of those qualities.

ASTM F1888-2003, Test Method for Compression-Displacement of Baseballs and Softballs, allows testers to determine a comparative measurement of the relationship between compression (the force applied to a ball) and displacement (the change in diameter of a ball due to force) in a baseball or softball. The more displacement a ball displays (a.k.a. the softer it is), the more energy will be lost upon impact with the bat, and the slower the ball will travel. (a measure of energy loss during rebound), the Bat Performance Factor (a limit to how fast a ball can come off of a bat), the Ball Exit Speed Ratio, and Batted-Ball speed. These measurements are of concern not only to players interested in maximizing their performance, but also to organizations interested in ensuring player safety. After all, the faster a ball is coming at you, the less time you have to get out of the, catch it.

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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