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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Theater and Rehearsal Floors to Conductive Wrist Straps

New York, Jul 25, 2006

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:

Theater and Rehearsal Floors
Ballet, gymnastics, and tap dancing can be some of the most beautiful and dynamic examples of human performance to watch, but all involve high levels of impact on the performers’ joints. A theater stage or rehearsal floor with inadequate energy absorption properties can pose serious danger to performers: energy returned directly to the body can result in premature fatigue and chronic back, knee, and other joint injuries.

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association’s (ESTA) Technical Standards Program is accredited by ANSI as Accredited Standards Committee E1, Safety and Compatibility of Entertainment Technical Equipment and Practices.

ANSI E1.26-2006, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Testing Methods and Values for Shock Absorption of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues, describes methods for measuring the energy absorption of theater stage and rehearsal room floors. Because appropriate levels of absorption may differ for various kinds of performance, the document recommends values specific to different performance activities. ANSI E1.26-2006 can be used by theatre owners and consultants, floor manufacturers, rehearsal studio owners, and building contractors, and performers.

Conductive Wrist Straps
For workers who handle sensitive electronic equipment, wrist straps often serve as a first line of defense against electrostatic discharge (ESD). Designed to limit the buildup of electrostatic voltage on worker’s bodies, wrist straps form an electrical connection between the wearer and a grounding cord to prevent injury due to electric shock.

ANSI/ESD S1.1-1998 (R2006), Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items—Wrist Straps, details test methods to determine the electrical and mechanical characteristics of wrist straps and to evaluate their functionality. The standard also specifies the acceptable range of breakaway force required to cause a wrist strap to separate from the grounding cable.

An ANSI-accredited standards development organization, the Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESD Association) develops standards and test methods designed to address electrostatic overstress and discharge control. While the Association's efforts primarily relate to the electronic manufacturing industry, ESD documents are also applicable to other industries and environments which require control of static electricity.

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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