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Voluntary Consensus Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Electric Coffee Makers to Circulation System Components

New York, Nov 22, 2005

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:

Household Electric Coffee Makers
For many, starting the day without coffee is completely unthinkable. Whether one prefers to use old-fashioned percolators or the latest trend in coffee machines, all of these appliances must meet product safety requirements. The standards that address household electric coffee makers are as crucial as the coffee itself.

ANSI member and accredited standards developer, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), made recent revisions to the ANSI/UL 1082-2005 Standard for Safety for Household Electric Coffee Makers and Brewing-Type Appliance. Encompassing electric coffee makers and percolators as well as other 120 volt brewing appliances such as tea kettles and soup warmers, this standard covers equipment for use in accordance with the National Electrical Code. UL has developed more than 800 standards, helping to improve the quality of products and ensure public safety and confidence.

Circulation System Components
Enjoyed at home or on vacation, swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs can offer recreation and relaxation. True peace of mind however, is reached when the user has confidence in a facility’s water quality. NSF International is an ANSI member and accredited standards developing organization that helps to protect the public by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods. NSF recently updated a standard that is key to assuring safety and quality in circulation system components in pools and spas.

NSF/ANSI 50-2005, Circulation System Components and Related Materials for Swimming Pools, Spas/Hot Tubs covers circulation system components and treatment devices for public and residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. The purpose of this standard is to establish the minimum requirements for the materials, design, construction, and performance of water circulation system equipment including filters, centrifugal pumps, automatic surface skimmers, and multiport valves. NSF/ANSI 50-2005 is a voluntary consensus-based standard written by regulatory officials, manufacturers, and end users, and is often required by local and state health codes for public pools and spas.

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.