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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Cabinet Locks to Transportation Emergency Communication

New York, Nov 22, 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. The latest two selections follow:

Locks, Hinges and Pivots
Think about how many times you have used doors, drawers and locks today -- the average person will open a kitchen cabinet to get a coffee mug, lock their front door when leaving for work and open several doors in their office building before finally reaching their desk. Now think about how frustrating and, more importantly, how unsafe it would be if one or more of these necessary, albeit unnoticeable, pieces of hardware didn’t work properly. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member, the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA), recently announced updates to standards for cabinet locks and self-closing hinges and pivots, ANSI/BHMA A156.11-2004 for cabinet locks and ANSI/BHMA A156.17-2004 for self-closing hinges and pivots.

The A156.11 standard provides descriptions of, and establishes performance requirements for, a wide range of lock types, including locks for chests, cabinet doors, cabinet drawers, file cabinets, locker, sliding doors, show cases, etc. This standard details definitions, lock types, test procedures and performance standards. A156.17 covers requirements for various types of spring hinges, spring pivot hinges and gravity pivot hinges. It includes more than 25 illustrations of these and other related devices. Cycle tests, operational tests, finish tests, material and dimension requirements are included in the standard.

Transportation Emergency Communication
Law enforcement and other agencies that respond to transportation emergencies need consistent ways to exchange information so they can improve response time and keep the public safe and informed. A new standard developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE 1512.2, provides a uniform set of messages that can help accomplish this goal.

IEEE 1512.2, Standard for Public Safety Incident Management Message Sets for Use by Emergency Management Centers, provides a means to reduce message duplication among the many parties involved in managing incidents during and after they occur. IEEE 1512.2 is part of the IEEE 1512 family of communication standards that supports efficient communication in transportation emergencies. IEEE 1512 standards are sponsored by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Committee and developed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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.