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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for ISO Technical Activity on Safety of Attractions

The National Standards Body of the Russian Federation (GOST R) has submitted a proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a new field of technical activity on safety of attractions found at amusement facilities. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by March 5, 2010.

Please Note:

This proposal is not provided in the usual ISO format for new fields of technical activity. This is because the ISO Technical Management Board (ISO/TMB) approved a pilot project to begin in October 2009 for a period of six months to apply recommendations of the ISO/IEC Market Relevance Task Force (MRTF) to any proposals for new fields of ISO technical activity and to new work item proposals in selected committees during this time period. Therefore, this proposal is formatted according to the MRTF recommendations as part of the pilot testing.

The proposal states that though there are various standards regarding safety of entertainment attractions, there is no single source where all safety requirements of standards for attractions are combined and interconnected, particularly including requirements for management of biomechanical risks. The development of a unified and generalized approach by a technical committee on "Safety of attractions" will increase safety while also eliminating economic barriers in trade in this area of activity.

The new committee will address the various aspects related to safety of attractions, including:

  • the influence of acceleration and psycho-physiological loadings of attractions on the human body (biomechanical risks)

  • safety of machines from the point of view of system interactions

  • requirements related to structural elements such as fixed foundations

  • requirements of the electronic systems

All comments should be sent to Steven P. Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy ([email protected]). Feedback received by the March 5 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comments, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for formal approval.

Click here to read the GOST R proposal.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.


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