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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Animal-Drawn Equipment to Hydrogen Dispensing Systems


New York, Dec 27, 2013

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:

Animal-Drawn Equipment
Animal-drawn equipment has been in continuous use since the invention of the wheel in the fifth millennium BCE. Today, more than two million animals are utilized for the purposes of farming, recreation, and transportation. To ensure the safety of drivers and animals on roadways in today’s fast-paced world, an American National Standard (ANS) was published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

ANSI/ASAE EP576.2 OCT2012, Lighting and Marking of Animal-Drawn Equipment, establishes a unique identification system for slow-moving, animal-drawn vehicles on public roadways or highways. This identification system is intended to complement existing laws, rules, and regulations in individual states, provinces, and municipalities. The new ANS recognizes that some animal-drawn equipment use is associated with cultural or religious practice and is not intended to devalue or replace those values. ANSI/ASAE EP576.2 OCT2012 provides options to those who would like to add or enhance lighting and marking of their animal-powered vehicles in the form of a voluntary consensus standard.

ASABE, an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member, is an educational and scientific membership organization of agricultural, food, and biological engineers seeking to develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources.

Hydrogen Dispensing Systems
As governments implement standards for limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing fuel economy, the automotive industry is seeking sources for alternative energy. With advancements in technology, hydrogen fuel is increasingly becoming a viable economic and environmental choice for powering vehicles. To service the growing hydrogen fuel marketplace, CSA Group recently released ANSI/CSA HGV 4.1-2013, Hydrogen Dispensing Systems.

This new ANS covers the safe operation, substantial and durable construction, and performance testing of the mechanical and electrical features of newly manufactured hydrogen gas dispensing systems for vehicles, intended primarily to dispense fuel directly into the vehicle fuel storage container. ANSI/CSA HGV 4.1-2013 applies to compressed hydrogen gas for vehicle (HGV) dispensers that have the capability of independently fueling more than one vehicle simultaneously and that integrate in a single unit multiple dispensing functions, including fuel metering, registering, control and management devices, vehicle fuel cylinder overfill, and over pressure protection of hoses with nozzles. This standard does not apply to dispensers that are part of a modular fueling station with remote fuel metering, registering, control, and management devices.

CSA Group, an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member, is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good, and sustainability through standards development, training, global testing, consumer product evaluation services, and certification services covering industries such as plumbing, construction, medical, safety, technology, appliances, gas, alternative energy, and lighting.

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