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RESNA: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional membership nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA offers certifications, continuing education, and develops technology standards. It promotes research and public policy as well as sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of its multidisciplinary constituency. RESNA is headquartered in Arlington, VA. Standards from RESNA are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI/RESNA SS-1:2019

RESNA American National Standard for Support Surfaces - Volume 1: Requirements and Test Methods for Full Body Support Surfaces

ANSI/RESNA SS-1 covers full body support surfaces which play an integral role in any care plan for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries. The following sections have been included:  Section 1: Vocabulary Section 2: Standard Protocol for Measuring Immersion In: Full Body Support Surfaces Section 3: Standard Protocol for Measuring Heat and Water Vapor Dissipation Characteristics of Full Body Support Surfaces – Body Analog Method Section 4: Standard Protocol for Measuring Heat and Water Vapor Dissipation Characteristics of Full Body Support Surfaces – Sweating Guarded Hot Plate (SGHP) Method Section 5: Support Surface Horizontal Stiffness Test Section 6: Envelopment and Immersion – Hemispherical Indenter Test Section 7: Envelopment with Dual Semispherical Indenter Test Section 8: Standard Protocol for Measuring Water Vapor Dissipation Characteristics of Full Body Support Surfaces – Heated Water Bladder Method



ANSI/RESNA WC-2:2019

RESNA American National Standard for Wheelchairs - Volume 2: Additional Requirements for Wheelchairs (Including Scooters) with Electrical Systems

Volume 2 specifies additional tests and methods of measurement applicable to electrically powered wheelchairs and to the electrical systems of all wheelchairs.


ANSI/RESNA WC-4_2017

RESNA American National Standard for Wheelchairs - Volume 4: Wheelchairs and Transportation

This standard covers products and hardware that enhance safety for people who use wheelchairs as seats in motor vehicles. Specifically these products include: wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint systems (WTORS), wheelchair spaces on large accessible transit vehicles (LATVs), manual and power wheelchairs (including scooters), and wheelchair seating systems that can be used with a range of wheelchair frames.


ANSI/RESNA WC-4_2017 S18

ANSI/RESNA WC-4:2017, Section 18: Wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint systems for use in motor vehicles

Section 18 encourages and promotes the design, testing, installation, and use of wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint systems (WTORS) that will provide effective frontal-crash protection for forward-facing occupants in wheelchairs


ANSI/RESNA WC-4_2017 S19

ANSI/RESNA WC-4:2017, Section 19: Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles

Section 19 establishes design and performance requirements, and associated test methods, for wheelchairs related to their use as seats in motor vehicles. This standard employs basic principles of occupant protection and accepted procedures for dynamic testing used in federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS).


ANSI/RESNA WC-1:2019 S26

ANSI/RESNA WC-1:2019, Section 26: Vocabulary

Section 26 provides a collection of terms and their definitions to form the basis of clear communication across the field of wheelchair and associated seating and to eliminate confusion from duplication or inappropriate use of terms.


ANSI/RESNA ASE-1:2019

RESNA American National Standard for Adaptive Sports Equipment - Volume 1: Winter Sports Equipment

This RESNA standard covers the requirements and test methods for the testing of adaptive sports equipment (ASE). Volume 1 pertains to the testing of winter sports equipment. Winter sports equipment is generally tested as a complete system in a standard reference configuration that facilitates comparison of test results among different manufacturers and models. Some of the test methods establish minimum performance criteria for durability and safety reasons. Volume 1 consists of the following sections under the general title Adaptive Sports Equipment: Volume 1: Winter Sports Equipment  Section 1:Requirements and Test Methods for Sit-skis, Mono-skis, and Bi-skis Section 2:Requirements and Test Methods for Chairlift Rider Restraints 


ANSI/RESNA ED-1:2019

RESNA American National Standard for Evacuation Devices - Volume 1: Emergency Stair Travel Devices Used by Individuals with Disabilities

This RESNA standard covers the purpose, description, terminology, design, performance, inspection, installation, and maintenance of devices whose purpose is the travel of individuals with disabilities over stair and horizontal surfaces during building evacuations. This standard does not cover devices whose purpose is the travel of individuals with disabilities during routine travel on stairs. This standard specifies requirements and test methods for determining emergency stair travel device performance. It also specifies requirements for the disclosure of the test results. The test methods may be used to verify a manufacturer’s claim that a product exceeds the minimum requirements of this standard. The following sections have been included:  Section 1: Terminology, Description, and Performance Section 2: Inspection, Installation, and Maintenance


ANSI/RESNA WC-1:2019 S11

ANSI/RESNA WC-1:2019, Section 11: Test Dummies

Section 11 describes test dummies to be used in the evaluation of wheelchairs and scooters. Test dummies are used in several wheelchair test methods and are an important component of a laboratory’s wheelchair testing equipment.


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