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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Ladders to Drinking Water Distillation Systems


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:

Ladder Standards

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination, and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries.

The ANSI ASC A14 Ladder Standards Package, developed by the American Ladder Institute (ALI), is a comprehensive collection of American National Standards that provides the requirements for the construction, design, testing, care, use, labeling, and marking of various types of ladders. The ladders include fixed, portable reinforced plastic, portable metal, wood, and more.

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.

Drinking Water Distillation

The distillation process, which utilizes a heat source to vaporize water, removes nearly all impurities from drinking water, including most minerals, most bacteria and viruses, and any chemicals that have a higher boiling point than water.

NSF/ANSI 62-2017, Drinking Water Distillation Systems, establishes minimum materials, design and construction, and performance requirements for point-of-use and point-of-entry drinking water distillation systems and the components used in these systems.

The American National Standard (ANS) was developed by the NSF Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment Units. Systems covered under the standard are intended to reduce substances affecting the aesthetic quality of the water or to add chemicals for scale control, or both.

An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, NSF International writes public health standards and protocols and tests, and certifies products for the water, food, and consumer goods industries.


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