Standards

In recent years, manufacturers are printing extensive reading material on their devices, and it isn't to relieve boredom. Much of the excessive writing refers to device certification to some standard. Most users probably don't have a clue what these cryptic standards really mean. If you guess that lawyers are involved, you may very well be right. As I see it, there are two extreme types of users:

No intelligent person is quite at either of these extremes, but I think that recreational users are best served by views closer to the first bullet, and professionals are required by legal concerns to think closer to the second. These professionals might be surprised if they knew who prepared some of these these standards.

I am a recreational user who is more concerned about how well a product performs in the field than I am about how well it tests in the lab; however, I agree that some testing is essential. My comments should be viewed in that context.

Anyone who cares at all about certification ought to at least have an idea what the certification means, so I've prepared the following summary of some of the standards:

Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 160 “Protection against falls from height including working belts”

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 160 "Protection against falls from a height including working belts"

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 136, "Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment."

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 136 “Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment”

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 136, "Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment."

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 136, "Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment."

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 136, "Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment."

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Prepared by: Technical Committee CEN/TC 136, "Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment."

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