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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Pool and Hot Tub Hoses and Tubes to Ladder Accessories

New York, Apr 21, 2014

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes 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:

Pool and Hot Tub Hoses and Tubes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming and other water-based activities are excellent ways to get the recommended two-and-a-half hours of aerobic exercise per week, and carry a large number physical and mental health benefits. To ensure the pools and tubs that swimmers and hot tub users occupy are safe and healthy, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) recently published IAPMO/ANSI Z1033-2013e1, Flexible PVC Hoses and Tubing for Pools, Hot Tubs, Spas, and Jetted Bathtubs.

This new American National Standard (ANS) covers flexible PVC hoses and tubing for use on pools, hot tubs/spas, and jetted bathtubs, and specifies requirements for materials, physical characteristics, performance tests, and markings. These hoses and tubing are intended to be used on pools, hot tubs/spas, and jetted bathtubs with water circulation systems, pneumatic systems, and solar heating applications in which the tubing is protected from the elements when installed.

IAPMO, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a non-profit membership organization for the plumbing and mechanical industry that works in concert with government to develop safe and sustainable codes, advance product certification, and foster education worldwide, while protecting consumer health and supporting emerging technologies.

Ladder Accessories
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that nearly 25,000 injuries occur annually due to accidents involving ladders. Further complicating safety are ladder accessories such as stabilizers, surface protectors, platforms, extensions, leg levelers, trays, and braces.

A new ANS released by the American Ladder Institute (ALI) will help protect ladder users when using accessories. ANSI/ASC A14.8-2013, Safety Requirements for Ladder Accessories, prescribes rules for governing the safe design, construction, and testing of accessories used in conjunction with a portable wood, metal, or reinforced plastic ladder.

ALI, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a not-for-profit membership association serving ladder and components manufacturers throughout North America through the development and disseminate of standards for design, construction, testing, care, and use of ladders. ALI is also dedicated to promoting ladder safety and works to educate the public on the selection, care, and safe use of ladders.

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