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Critique: Drain Cover Standard ASME/ANSI - A112.19.8M-1987 (1996) Case Study — Steering Wheel

[+] Author Affiliations
Ralph L. Barnett

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Peter J. Poczynok

Triodyne, Inc., Niles, IL

Paper No. IMECE2002-32457, pp. 83-86; 4 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3647-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The current ASME/ANSI standard for pool/spa drain covers is relied upon as an effective guideline for drain system safety by pool industry practitioners, state building code commissions, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Spa and Pool Institute, and a myriad of pool safety sophisticates. In fact, it is a license to kill. To demonstrate its shortcomings in the dawn of its next revision, an ordinary steering wheel is shown to satisfy the current standard while exposing bathers to every known fatal drain cover scenario. The paper raises a new issue: ASME, ANSI and pool professionals may all be in legal jeopardy.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Steering wheels



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