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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Material Handling to Archery

New York, Nov 25, 2003

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:

Material Handling

As consumers, we are rarely privy to the many behind-the-scenes processes that get products from their factory origins onto sparkling retail shelves and then into our homes. But just beyond the stockroom are hardworking men and women operating heavy machinery to move large quantities of items from warehouse to loading dock, and from palette to stocking shelves. Standards help direct this movement of materials while keeping workers safe from injury in the process.

The revision of Material Handling Industry of America standard MH29.1-200x, Safety Requirements for Industrial Scissors Lifts (revision of ANSI MH29.1-2003) applies to future designs of industrial scissors lifts, which are material handling devices. Industrial lifts are stationary or moveable, come in a range of capacities and travel, and are generally used to position, feed or transfer materials. The purpose of this revised standard is to better define the user/owner responsibilities for the safe application, use and maintenance of scissors lifts.


Archery is one of the oldest arts of ancient times that is still practiced today. While the use of bow and arrow in modern warfare is rare, it does still endure in some hunting purposes. Primarily, archery has become a competitive sport, with highly skilled marksmen besting their opponents through accuracy, strength, and equipment that conforms to standards.

ANSI member and accredited standards developer ASTM International has a series of standards associated with archery and its related equipment. One example is ASTM F1889-98e1, Standard Guide for Straightness Measurement of Arrow Shaft, which is designed to provide manufacturers and consumers a means for measuring the straightness of arrow shafts with tools and devices available in the archery industry and sport. Another, F1363-02, Standard Guide for Reduction of Risk of Injury for Archery Overdraws, covers the function of archery overdraws and suggests a limited number of geometric configurations that could decrease the potential risk of injury to the archer.

This snapshot was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developers who keep the Institute abreast of their achievements. As ANSI 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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