Upcoming: ASTM F08.30 Fitness Products Meeting

The F08.30 Fitness Products Inclusive Fitness task group was formed to further develop standards for fitness equipment design through ASTM F08.30 Fitness Products (see F08.30 Fitness Products Scope below). The focus of this work is to facilitate access to mainstream fitness equipment to a wider range of the population across all abilities (see WK19803 Scope below).

This work is being done in conjunction with the work that Beneficial Designs, Inc. and the UK Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) started back in the early 2000’s. Beneficial Designs developed the draft Universal Design Fitness Equipment Guidelines for the United States through a National Institutes of Health Phase I grant, visit: www.beneficialdesigns.com/udgfe/index.html

Along the same time, the IFI developed the Inclusive Fitness Initiative Equipment Standards currently used in the UK, visit: www.inclusivefitness.org/inclusive-fitness-initiative/background/

The University of Illinois RERC Project, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreational Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Individuals with Disabilities (RERC RecTech), funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, pulled this work together in order to produce one, harmonized, international standard. Beneficial Designs and the IFI have been continuing this work through the RERC RecTech, visit: www.rectech.org/

The ASTM Draft Specification for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive Use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments, WK34535, was balloted in the fall of 2011. Comments from this vote were discussed at the November 2011 ASTM F08.30 Fitness Products meeting. Revisions are being made and will be reviewed at the upcoming meeting:

Title: F08 Sports Equipment and Facilities
Dates: Monday May 07 2012 – Thursday May 10 2012
Location: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel; Phoenix, AZ US
Event Name: May 2012 Committee Week

F08.30 TG Inclusive Fitness Wednesday 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Universal Design meeting)
F08.30 Fitness Products Thursday 9:00AM-2:30PM (Main meeting)

ASTM meetings are open to all, please join us.

ASTM Draft Specification for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive Use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments:

1. Scope

1.1 This specification establishes additional requirements not set forth in the referenced ASTM standards for the design of commercial fitness equipment to increase access and user independence by people with functional limitations or impairments.

1.2 The intent of this specification is to assure that the fitness product being designed for inclusive use by individuals with and without functional limitations or impairments remains functional and safe when the equipment is operated according to the manufacturer’s operational instructions.

1.3 It is the intent of this specification to specify products for indoor use in a commercial environment by individuals age 13 and above.

1.4 Products designed to meet this specification must not be automatically classified as fit for medical or rehabilitation fitness purposes. Products intended for medical use should comply with any applicable international or national standards.

1.5 Where users are exercising from a wheelchair, it is the intent of this specification to specify products for use by individuals using manual or powered wheelchairs (including scooters).

1.6 This standard does not purport to address the needs of every possible user and recognizes that access will not be possible for all individuals or all types of assistive technologies.

1.7 Designers shall use this specification in conjunction with other ASTM fitness equipment standards and its accompanying test method.

1.8 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

To provide feedback on the criteria or for more information on the development of these standards, contact Seanna Kringen at seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.

F08.30 Fitness Products Scope

Standardization of specifications, test methods and practices for sports equipment, surfaces, and facilities to reduce inherent risk of injuries and promote knowledge as it relates to these standards. The committee shall coordinate this work with other ASTM technical committees and other organizations in this area.

WK19803 New Inclusive Fitness Equipment Design Scope

The proposed new F08.30 standards include ASTM WK19803, Specification for Additional Requirements for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment Optimization for Inclusive Use for Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments.

Something as simple as a removable seat allows this wheelchair user access

4 - removeable seat