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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Emergency Eyewash to Roof Covering Materials

New York, Mar 23, 2004

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:

Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment
Employees that work with dangerous materials or chemicals in the workplace are protected by safety standards and equipment, to prevent accidents from happening as well as treat an incident on the scene. Emergency eyewash and shower facilities are critical to have onsite for manufacturers whose personnel may be at risk for injury from hazardous substances. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Emergency Eyewash and Shower Group recently updated an American National Standards in this area.

ANSI Z358.1-2004, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, includes minimum performance, testing, installation, maintenance and training specifications for equipment and systems used for emergency treatment of the eyes or body of a person who has been exposed to injurious materials. It covers plumbed and self-contained emergency showers and emergency eyewash equipment, eye/face wash equipment, combination units, personal wash units and hand-held drench hoses. These systems are found in manufacturing facilities, construction sites, laboratories, medical offices and other workplaces.

Fire Resistance of Roof Covering Materials
Safety standards for building materials help to provide a level of safety for the occupants of the facilities that are constructed with such products. In the case of fire prevention and protection, fire-resistance roof covering materials prevent fires from spreading and afford a fairly high degree of fire safety. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. recently revised an American National Standard in this area. This specific standard is a Continuous Maintenance Document, meaning it is open for comment and revision continuously.

ANSI/UL 790-2004, Standard for Safety for Tests for Fire Resistance of Roof Covering Materials, covers the performance of roof covering materials exposed to fire conditions, and indicates the fire-resistance characteristics of these materials when exposed to fires originating from outside the building on which the coverings are installed. The standard includes testing against severe, moderate and light fire exposures and tests the flammability, protection and sturdiness of the roof deck under each level of exposure. The standard also indicates that roof covering materials have to comply with the requirements for construction, material specifications, and performance as applicable to specific types, designs, sizes, and arrangements.

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.