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Other Standards

ANSI offers standards from every field and industry, from those that garner widespread attention to those with niche applications. Listed here are those that don't fall into the categories above but are still critical.
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Dentistry Standards

ISO Dentistry standards cover a range of topics, such as rotary tools, material properties and handling, implants, handpieces, data management, and even the furniture in the dentist's office. The majority of these standards address the tools and materials used in dental procedures, given the scope of their variety and the need for them to all work with each other and with the patient.

Cryogenics Standards

Working with materials at very low temperatures, standards are needed to ensure maximum safety. Management and general guidelines are necessary to transport or store cryogens effectively and efficiently. Many other factors such as air quality, pressure and proper management of vessels are also included in cryogenic standards.


Technology is constantly evolving, advancing fields such as robotics. Robotics services many industries such as manufacturing, welding and more. This category lists standards for many of the fields that robotics serves.

Laser Standards

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, also more commonly known as lasers, are used in many different fields, medical, welding and manufacturing, military, displays and more. There are many categories of laser standards that address lasers in these industries as well as others.

Sterilization Standards

Having a clean environment is especially important for places such as laboratories and hospitals. This category goes into guidelines and practices for sterilization. This category also contains an extensive list for the sterilization of medical devices.

Smart and Sustainable Cities

Numerous standards exist for various areas under the umbrella of smart and sustainable cities. These include building standards, energy standards, wastewater standards, standards for intelligent transportation systems, electric vehicles and vehicle electronics, and more. Emerging standardization activities are exploring overarching areas such as key performance indicators for city services and quality of life, resilience, process management systems for municipal governance, information and communications technology aspects (sensor networks, data formats, communications between systems), etc. Additional standards will be added to this list as they are defined. For additional information, see the ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities.

Building Standards

Building standards approach the standardization of buildings from multiple standpoints. Design considerations such as energy efficiency and seasonal thermal performance are covered alongside structural design and service-life planning. The International Code Council standards provide a framework for building design, construction, and maintenance through its collection of sixteen building codes. Lastly, there is a focus on door standards published by BHMA due to their importance in safety and functionality.

Wastewater Standards

Standards for the sampling, analysis, treatment, processing, and management of wastewater serve to help guide a process that many people rely on for their health and safety. With standards as narrowly focused as the standard test method for the determination of the quantity of a specific element in water, and as broadly concerned as the standards for security practices for an entire utility, wastewater standards address the entire path taken by water on its way to the end consumer. Standards developing organizations such as the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the International Society of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and NSF International contribute greatly to the field, as do other organizations which do not focus on wastewater and related topics, but still contribute within their specific fields of inquiry.

Gas Monitoring and Instrumentation Standards

Gas Monitoring and Instrumentation Standards describe general practices for sampling, measuring, and monitoring various gases in the environment. Through the establishment of uniform instrumentation techniques for the efficient analysis of gaseous effluents, standardization of analysis and reporting methods is made possible. These guidelines facilitate the examination of health safety issues associated with the reduction of radioactive emissions and enhancements to greenhouse gas removal, as well as providing several detailed solutions to these problems. In addition, the standards address various types of gas testing, such as leakage measurement, exhaust gas emissions, radioactivity of gaseous effluents, greenhouse gas emissions and more. AGA Gas Measurement Manuals provide guidelines for use of specific instruments vital to the process of gas measurement and monitoring.

Forensics Standards

Standards for forensic investigations guide and provide the accepted standard practice for a variety of procedures, ranging from the generic and widely applicable, such as the standard guide for physical evidence labeling and related documentation, to nuanced and specific guides, such as the microcrystal testing of cocaine. Given the focus on testing, ASTM International, founded as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is the standards developing organization behind a great majority of forensics standards. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and industry specific organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also developed many standards, doing their part to round out the collection of standard procedures. These standards guide the forensic field and provide uniformity and reliability in the collection, analysis, storage, and retrieval of forensic evidence.

ASTM Wood Standards

ASTM wood standards include the terminology, standard practices, specifications, and testing methods for wood and wood products. Guidelines address issues in all stages of the wood making process, including harvesting lumber from forests, protecting lumber and timber from termites and fungus, testing fire retardant wood, and testing the water solubility of wood products. Primary purposes for these guidelines are the creation of construction materials and wooden poles, such as electricity poles. Manufacturer adherence to wood testing guidelines can ensure worker safety and quality products.

Sustainable Standards

Sustainability is becoming ever more imperative for our world. Sustainability is not only in the energy that can be produced through wind, solar and other methods, but also in the materials chosen for products and creating sustainable businesses. This category covers many facets of sustainability that will help get to a greener future.

Water Standards

Water is an imperative resource to the whole world. Making sure to treat it properly is essential for the environment to survive. These standards address how to treat wastewater as well as going into sustainability and our own drinking water.

Magnetic Materials Standards

These standards cover the use and testing of magnetic materials in lab settings and in products such as electronics and camera equipment. This collection also includes RedLine, which shows specific standard changes between editions.

Accessibility Standards

The greatest disability is not being able to rise to one's potential as a human being. These standards cover topics ranging from building accessibility to product conformity in the tools that those with disabilities use in their everyday lives.


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