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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Waste Management to Tabletop Desks

New York, Feb 28, 2008

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

Waste Management
It takes an army to collect and process more than 400 million tons of waste generated by Americans each year. A recently released standard from ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) will ensure that garbage and recycling is processed safety and appropriately.

ANSI Z245.1-2008, Equipment Technology and Operations for Wastes and Recyclable Materials - Mobile Wastes and Recyclable Materials Collection, Transportation, and Compaction Equipment - Safety Requirements, defines the technology systems that are used to collect, contain, transport, store, process, recycle, treat, and dispose of solid wastes and recyclable materials. The standard also addresses the operations of related facilities and activities utilizing this equipment technology.

In addition, the new American National Standard promotes safe practices by providing requirements for the construction, maintenance, operation, and use of equipment for mobile waste or recyclable materials collection, transportation, and compaction.

EIA is the parent organization for the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC), which acts as the Secretariat for ANSI Accredited Standards Committee Z245 on equipment technology and operations for wastes and recyclable materials.

Tabletop Desks
Although most American workplaces may not include all the comforts of home, ANSI organizational member the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) ensures that the furniture manufactured to facilitate business is safe and reliable. A new American National Standard – ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, Desk Products – provides manufacturers and users with a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of desks used in businesses and institutions.

ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 defines specific tests, laboratory equipment to be used, the conditions of tests, and the minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating products. The new standard includes tests for the various designs available including top loading, lock mechanism, extendible element, strength, horizontal and vertical adjustment, stability, and table tests, among others.

In addition, the standard provides a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability and structural performance, including reasonably foreseeable misuse, of desk and table products. ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 was designed to work in tandem with other ANSI/BIFMA standards such as ANSI/BIFMA X5.9-2004, Storage Units, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6-2003, Panel Systems, and ANSI/BIFMA/SOHO 6.5-2001, Small Office/Home Office Furniture.

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