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New Standard Will Aid Hunters and Treestand Manufacturers

Hunters of deer, elk, and other game use treestands to gain a hunting advantage above their prey’s normal line of sight. Depending on the tree, climbing or fixed-position treestands typically elevate hunters 15 ft. (4.6 m) above ground.

To improve treestand manufacturing performance and establish a baseline of safety for users, ASTM Subcommittee F08.16 on Archery Products has issued F 2275, Standard Practice for Treestand Manufacturer Quality Assurance Program — new this month.

“The standard will allow all manufacturers a guideline of minimum requirements for development of their QA procedures,” says John Woller, Sr., a past president of the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA), Hattiesburg, Miss. “Before achieving TMA certification, their QA procedures must meet this standard as reviewed by an independent engineering and testing firm. The overall goal is to improve treestand manufacturing quality and thereby insure performance and safety to the customer.”

ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities approved F 2275 on May 10 after TMA treestand manufacturers, laboratory specialists, and engineers versed in ISO 9000 developed and approved quality assurance procedures and presented them for ballot as an ASTM standard. “There were nine ASTM standards for treestand compliance and testing to allow manufacturers to achieve TMA certification together with an approved quality assurance plan,” says Woller, consultant and founder of Summit Treestands, LLC, Decatur, Ala. “The TMA had a need for consistence and uniformity with minimum QA requirements for manufacturing and we knew there were other QA standards within ASTM.” The new standard provides a benchmark for these plans, Woller says.

For further technical information, contact John Woller, Sr., Summit Treestands, LLC, Decatur, Ala., (phone: 256/353-0634). Committee F08 meets Nov. 19-22 in Tampa, Fla. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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