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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Water Coolers to Plumbing Fixtures

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:

Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing fixtures such as toilets, sinks, bathtubs, drains, and other apparatus are manufactured using a variety of materials, but among the most common are ceramic. To help ensure that ceramic plumbing fixtures are manufactured to properly discharge sewage and waste, a revised ANS was recently released by ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

ASME A112.19.2-2013/CSA B45.1-2013, Ceramic Plumbing Fixtures, covers vitreous (glass) and non-vitreous china plumbing fixtures, and specifies requirements for materials, construction, performance, testing, and markings. Performance requirements and test procedures in ASME A112.19.2-2013/CSA B45.1-2013 apply to all types of water closets and urinals that discharge into gravity drainage systems in permanent buildings and structures, independent of occupancy. The ANS covers bathtubs, bidets, drinking fountains, fixtures for institutional applications, lavatories, shower bases, sinks, urinals, and water closets.

ASME is a non-profit professional organization promoting the art, science, and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and enables learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the global engineering and technology community.


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