ISO 10256 Ice Hockey Standards

ISO 10256, Head and face protection for use in ice hockey, has been revised with the release of 4 new parts.  Eventually, there will be 6 parts issued in total. When all 6 are published, the ISO 10256 will be withdrawn.  Until then, you’ll need to use the ISO 10256 and the applicable parts to be complete and correct.

What are the ISO 10256 and the new parts?  They are the international standards for protective equipment to be used by ice hockey players and referees. They are to be used by manufacturers, conformity assessment agencies, end users and ice hockey associations.  They provide information on performance characteristics like construction, shock absorption, puck-impact resistance, penetration, retention-system properties, field of vision, and the marking and information provided on head and face protectors.

What exactly are the new parts?  As noted above, there are 4 released new parts for this standard, plus an additional 2 in process.  Here is information on each:

  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 1: General requirements
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 2: Head protection for skaters
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 3: Facial protectors for skaters
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 4: Head and face protection for goalkeepers
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 5: Neck laceration protectors for ice hockey players
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 6: Lower leg protectors for ice hockey players

Parts 1 through 4 have just been released.  Part 5 is nearing completion.  Part 6 is still “under preparation.”

Since ice hockey is a sport with high risk of injury, including paralysis and/or dealth, the use of specific protective gear is of the highest importance.  Not only does the sport demand high quality equipment, but regulations like the PPE Directive (Personal Protective Equipment – Council Directive 89/686/EEC) do as well.  The subcommittee in charge of this standard wanted to not only set requirements in line with today’s technologies, but to also leave the door open for future materials and new construction techniques.

If you’re involved in the sport of ice hockey or manufacture PPE products for this application, you’ll need copies of the new publications.  Use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for all your standards purchases.  We have been working with standards since 1982 and have over a million publications available to you at our webstore.  Head to to search and order standards.  Or use these direct links to the updates you’re interested in:

ISO 10256-1  –  ISO 10256-2  –  ISO 10256-3  –  ISO 10256-4

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EN Adoptions of IEC Standards

I recently had a question about the EN adoptions of IEC standards.  The question was basically, “How can I know when an EN adoption of an IEC standard is identical to the original IEC document?”  This is a valid question since the EN adoptions may or may not include changes from the source material.

Of course, since all EN ISO adoptions are labeled that way (i.e., “EN ISO 9001”), questions come up frequently about why the IEC adoptions are not the same.  I have always answered that since the IEC adoptions are not necessarily identical to the source, the same numbering protocol has not been used.  While true, most customers are not very pleased with this answer!

Well, good news for all you standards users out there!  CENELEC and IEC have signed a new agreement that will change the way that the adoption process is handled.  Here are some highlights from the new Frankfurt agreement last October.

Currently 80% of the EN adoptions of IEC standards are identical to the source material.  From now on, IEC documents that are adopted without changes will be labeled “EN IEC.” This will be just like the ISO adoptions.  So when you see a new release numbered “EN IEC,” you’ll know the IEC content has not been changed.

Further, CENELEC and IEC are striving to harmonize an even greater number of standards.  So there should be more European adoptions that are identical to the source IEC standards. Organizations that rely on these documents for their electronic products (now almost 20% of all global trade) are sure to be pleased.

National differences in standards make for confusion and expense.  And they detract from a region or country’s competitiveness.  This is good news indeed that Europe is working towards a reduction in these types of variations.

The lack of clarity in the current situation has been a hindrance to global usage of the EN adoptions.  It has caused confusion in the marketplace when a product meets the requirements of the EN adoption.  Folks just don’t know if meeting the EN edition is the same as meeting the IEC edition.  Over time, the new protocol will make it easier to understand equivalencies.

The last time the EN adoptions of IEC standards were administratively addressed was back in 1996 in Dresden.  Times have changed and industry is pushing for more harmonization as markets continue to globalize.  Expect to see the new system implemented soon.  And don’t be surprised when some of the numbers of the standards you frequently use are updated.  Now that you know what the revision means, you’ll be glad to see it happening!

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ANSI/ESD STM97.2 2016 – ESD for floors and footwear

ANSI/ESD STM97.2, Standard Test Method for the Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items – Floor Materials and Footwear – Voltage Measurement in Combination with a Person, has been updated.  The new 2016 Edition is available from Document Center Inc. in either paper format or for pdf download.  The new revision replaces the previous 2006 Edition which is now withdrawn.

The ANSI/ESD STM97.2 is a test method standard.  It defines procedures for measuring voltage accumulation on people in combination with their footwear and the floor materials they contact.  This is an environment specific test, using controlled laboratory conditions.  You’ll use it to confirm your footwear/flooring system is appropriate for the control static electricity in sensitive work areas.

ESD control (the reduction or avoidance of static electricity) is essential in any number of work areas.  The build up of static can cause discharges that can negatively affect products and people.  This means that there are many aspects to good ESD control.  And the ESDA (Electrostatic Discharge Association) has relevant standards for many solutions to these issues.

What are the changes in the new 2016 Edition?  Your committee has listed these at the end of the publication.  They include updates for all references to “footwear/flooring.”  Revisions were also made to the following sections: 5.1.1, 5.1.3,, and

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IEC 61010-1 Updated – Measurement equipment safety

IEC 61010-1, Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use – Part 1: General requirements, has been updated with the release of Amendment 1 for Edition 3.0.  You have the choice of purchasing the amendment separately or getting the consolidated Edition 3.1, the 3rd Edition and it’s amendment interfiled into 1 document.

One nice feature of IEC consolidated editions is that they are actually redlined.  This means that all changes from the previous edition will be highlighted to make identification easier.  Of course, getting the amendment by itself will also allow you to see changes as well.  However, integrating those changes into the document by hand is laborious.

If you are unsure what the IEC 61010-1 covers, here is a brief description.  It covers general safety requirements for:

  • Electrical test and measurement equipment
  • Electrical industrial process-control equipment
  • Electrical laboratory equipment

The Edition 3.0 expanded the scope of the document to include all locations where these types of equipment are used, both professional and non-professional.  The section on measuring and testing circuits was removed (and now can be found in IEC 61010-2-030).  Insulation requirements were also completely rewritten.  Other major updates are noted in the introductory material.

The Amendment 1 for the Edition 3.0 is approximately 25 pages of additional changes.  These range from corrections and additions to the referenced documents section to specific updates to the various tests.  And a number of the Annexes were revised as well.

The IEC 61010-1 is an important standard, used in organizations in a wide range of industries around the world.  You will not be complete and correct until you purchase a copy of the new Amendment or the consolidated Edition 3.1 and update your processes.  IEC requests that you use an  authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for your purchases of these publications.

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IEC TS 62844 – Nanotechnology Quality and Risk Assessment

IEC TS 62844 Nanotechnology Technical Specification has just been released.  It is titled Guidelines for quality and risk assessment for nano-enabled electrotechnical products.  This publication is specifically directed at nanoindustrial companies.  It will help those in this field protect workers and customers alike by assessing both the performance and risks associated with their products.  And it provides a structure for further standards development.

Standardization often begins with high level documents like this.  As a start to the process, developing a reference model provides a high level framework for further development.  It also helps all stakeholders understand the issues at hand.  And such a publication can encourage the community of users to start including specific factors in their business processes.

In the case of IEC TS 62844, the specification encourages the adoption of EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) management practices.  And it brings forward special requirements specifically for nanotechnology.  Then with this framework in mind, further product-specific standards can be developed.

The IEC TS 62844 opens with a general review of quality and risk assessment.  It then moves into a discussion of the same for NE (nano-enabled electrotechnical) products.  The technical portion of the publication finishes off with a section on the special assessment requirements for these NE products.

There are 4 informative Annexes.  They are primarily addressing issues that future standards developers will need to consider.  The first is on the general approach and rationale.  Annex B provides general guidance for stakeholder’s declaration.  Annex C is on guidance for determination of correlative indicators.  Finally, Annex D provides steps for compiling the stakeholder’s declaration.  A 2-page bibliography completes the document.

If you’re involved in nano-technology (and possibly in standards development in this area), you’ll want a copy of this technical specification.  IEC specifically requests that you use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc.  You can search for and order IEC (and many more) standards at our website,  Here is a link directly to the order page for IEC TS 62844 for your convenience.

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ISO 17776 Update – Petroleum Drilling Hazard Management

ISO 17776, Petroleum and natural gas industries – Offshore production installations – Major accident hazard management during the design of new installations, has been updated.  The new 2nd Edition was released at the end of 2016 and is a technical revision.  It specifically offers requirements and guidance for avoiding major accident (MA) hazards for new offshore installations for petroleum and natural gas.

How does ISO 17776 do this?  First, it provides requirements for identifying those MA hazards and their causes.  Then it discusses how to assess such hazards for both likelihood and for consequences.  It provides guidance on developing your strategies for managing these types of hazards.  Then it reviews the measures needed both in design and throughout the lifecycle for successful control.

You’ll find the information covers a series of landmarks in the design and construction process.  Each section is arranged to first tackle the issue of objectives and goals.  Then the functional requirements are specified.  At the end of the standard, Annexes provide specific guidelines to support the functional requirements.  These cover such areas as MA management identification and evaluation tools and barrier system performance standards.  Please note:  The ISO 17776 should be used along with ISO 13702 and ISO 15544.

The new 2nd Edition is a technical revision.  It replaces the now obsolete 1st Edition from 2000.  The revision’s title provides you with insight into the changes that are now in the new update.  Formerly the document addressed “tools and techniques for hazard identification and risk assessment.”  Now, as noted above, it focuses in on “MA hazard management during the design of new installations.”

If you’re using this publication or are involved in the design of offshore oil and gas drilling, you’ll want a copy of this new standard.  Use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for your purchase.  You can search for and order ISO standards (and many others) on our website,  Here is a direct link to the order page for ISO 17776 for your convenience.

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ISO 3864-2 2016 Update

ISO 3864-2, Graphical symbols – Safety colours and safety signs – Part 2: Design principles for product safety labels, has been updated.  The 2nd Edition (2016) is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper and pdf formats.  You can also include it in our enterprise cloud service, Standards Online.  The document provides you with additional layouts for product safety labels described in ISO 3864-1.

What should safety signs and labels show?  Per ISO 3864-2, you’ll want to communicate the severity level of the hazard and supplementary information in either word or symbol form.  To make such signs and labels “universal,” ISO has standardized a variety of layouts and symbols.  And of course, safety communications can also occur in product documentation.

This means that you will need to not only generate a label, but will need to consider such factors as the level of risk associated with your product and how much of a warning is appropriate.  Additionally, regulatory requirements in the various jurisdictions where your product will be sold or used should also be taken into account.

The use of a standard like ISO 3864-2 means that you will be in line with industry best practices when it comes to product labeling.  You will be alerting users to specific hazards and identifying how they can be avoided.  You’ll certainly be using it for consumer products and industrial equipment.

The standard provides you with guidance on safety colors, the use of hazard severity panels, and the types and layout of safety labels.  4 Annexes cover increasing the recognition of label components, translation of “signal” words, examples of safety labels, and special attention to the color orange.  A 12-item bibliography completes the 26 page publication.

There are technical changes in this 2016 Edition, which means that it cancels and replaces the previous 1st Edition and it’s amendment.  So if you are using this standard you’ll need to get a copy of the new update.  Choose Document Center Inc. for your purchase.  We have been working with standards since 1982 and are an authorized distributor of the ISO publications.  Search for and order standards from a wide variety of sources at our website,  Here is a direct link to the order page for ISO 3864-2 for your convenience.

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IEC/TR 62899-250 – Wearable Smart Devices

IEC/TR 62999-250 has just been released.  This new technical report is titled Printed electronics – Part 250: Material technologies required in printed electronics for wearable smart devices.  It discusses what wearable smart devices (WSDs) are, their unique features, and what standards are needed to support their development in the future.

WSDs are a new frontier in the integration of computer technology with our daily lives.  As these devices evolve, issues regarding biocompatibility, flexability, size, features, and so on are being explored.  IEC/TR 62899-250 provides an overview of the challenges surrounding the development of these devices.  It also takes a look at the technologies that need further exploration and the standardization needed to make these applications possible.

Wearable Smart Devices are intended to be attached directly to the human body.  Many rely on additive manufacturing techniques, putting the functional materials on a base substance.  But there has been a real problem in evaluating these products.  The IEC/TR 62899-2 was written to resolve this by reviewing the problem from certain angles.

So the report takes a look at the many ways wearables will be provided to customers.  These include accessory (like watches and bracelets), clothing, skin patches and implants.  It then reviews the areas where standardization is needed to support these delivery options.  Areas like safety, environmental compliance, adhesion, and 3D design and manufacturing are discussed.

If you’re involved in work with WSDs, you’ll want to review this technical report  It will provide you with a review of the technologies and other considerations you’ll be taking into account as you develop your products.  It may also suggest areas where you should get involved in standardization efforts in order to help drive the marketplace into solutions harmonious with your company goals.

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ANSI/ASSE Z244-1 2016 released!

ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 2016 Edition has been released.  The standard, titled Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methods, supports the safeguarding of workers from the unexpected release of hazardous energy.  It is the industry standard that covers areas addressed in OSHA regs from 29 CFR 1910.147.  Having said that, there are differences between the standard and the regs and references in the bibliography cover those issues.

Why has the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 been updated?  The ASSE committee for this document has been concerned that old labels for service, maintenance and operational hazardous situations was being blurred in the real world.  Expectations are no longer in line with reality.  Since the unexpected release of hazardous energy can be fatal to workers, there is a need to improve protection.

So the committee decided to update the document, particularly the requirements for alternative methods for hazardous energy control.  This in turn meant new guidelines for when lockout is required and when the alternatives might be used.  In other words, the standard now is more task driven than before.  This is in contrast with the previous reliance on the type of activity being performed.

The standard is organized in the traditional format.  It begins with the usual scope, definitions and referenced documents sections.  Section 5 covers the responsibilities of the various players: suppliers, users, and personnel.  Next the publication covers the design of machinery to support the control of hazardous energy.  Following that, there are sections on the hazardous energy control program, the control of hazardous energy, and alternative methods of control.  24 Annexes cover a wide range of topics, from risk assessment to procedures and samples.  The bibliography predominately includes related standards and regulations.

When you use the new ANSI/ASSE Z244.1, you’ll find greater clarity and direction for your goal of controlling the release of hazardous energy.  This will support your efforts to safely implement modern technology and innovative solutions to your workplace operations.  But you’ll need to get a copy of the new revision right away.

Head to Document Center Inc.’s webstore for your copy.  We are an authorized distributor of the ASSE standards, so you can search for and order them with confidence at  Here is a direct link to the order page for ANSI/ASSE Z244.1.

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Further thoughts on Brexit and BS EN Standards

Recently I blogged about the Brexit and BS EN Standards.  As time goes on, the likelihood of a “soft Brexit” seem to be diminishing.  So my initial analysis certainly looks less likely.

After the Brexit vote, there was talk of Britain taking the same path as Norway and Switzerland.  That is, Britain would choose to remain part of the European Economic Area (EEA) while exiting the EU itself.  This would certainly be the least disruptive option.  However, with many of the statements that Prime Minister May has made, this path seems to be out of the question now.

The most recent positive news suggests that May is interested in retaining some economic ties to the EU.  There is talk of adopting the entire body of EU laws and regulations.  This would mean that the EN standards would remain in force in the UK after an EU exit.

However, the possibility of the British Standards Institute (BSI) remaining on as the publisher of the official English language editions of the EN standards is questionable at this point.  Since Britain would not be officially part of the EU or EEA, the right to publish official documents does not seem possible in my eyes.  There is no doubt that the institution would continue to audit for compliance.  They would simply be assigned those rights by a Notified Body still within the remaining EU.

Many of our Document Center Inc. customers have invested in extensive collections of BS EN standards.  Further, those editions are often referenced in company documentation.  Moving forward, you may want to rethink this policy if you are in this situation.  There are English language editions of the EN standards published by other national standards bodies.  These editions have the same weight as those from BSI and are identical except for the cover sheets.

If you are uncertain of what to do, check in with your certification body first.  Then, get in touch with us for suggestions of other options for your EN standards purchases.  You can reach our staff by phone (650-591-7600) and email (  While immediate action is not required, development of a long term strategy is certainly be advisable.