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This specification covers mercury-in-glass, reusable maximum self-registering clinical thermometers of the types commonly used for measuring body temperatures of humans and of animals. Clinical thermometers shall be classified as follows: basal metabolism or ovulation; multi-use with stubby bulb; oral; rectal; veterinary; and veterinary (heavy duty). The following tests shall be performed to conform to the specified requirements: retention of colorant; accuracy test; ease of resetting; temperature retention; fire cracks; and precision and bias.
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1.1 This specification covers mercury-in-glass, reusable maximum self-registering clinical thermometers of the types commonly used for measuring body temperatures of humans and of animals. Requirements are given for bulb and stem glasses, mercury, legibility and permanency of markings, dimensions, temperature scale ranges, and graduations, as well as for thermometer stability, ease of resetting, retention of temperature indication, and for accuracy of scale reading. Appropriate methods of testing to determine compliance are provided. Also included is a glossary of terms used in the standard and an appendix with additional information on thermometer glasses and stability.
1.2 All values of temperature in this standard are with reference to the International Temperature Scale of 1990.
1.3 This specification was developed to provide nationally recognized marketing classifications and quality requirements for mercury-in-glass, maximum self-registering clinical thermometers. It is also intended to provide producers, distributors, and users with a common understanding of the characteristics of this product.
1.4 The following precautionary statement pertains only to the test method portion, Section 6 of this specification: 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
E344 Terminology Relating to Thermometry and Hydrometry
ICS Number Code 17.040.20 (Properties of surfaces)
UNSPSC Code 42182206(Mercury medical thermometers)
ASTM E667-98(2009), Standard Specification for Mercury-in-Glass, Maximum Self-Registering Clinical Thermometers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top