ASTM F446 - 85(2009)

    Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Grab Bars and Accessories Installed in the Bathing Area

    Active Standard ASTM F446 | Developed by Subcommittee: F15.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This consumer safety specification covers performance requirements, test methods, and levels of performance to ensure satisfactory functioning of the grab bars and accessory items (not including plumbing controls) during reasonable use to assist a person entering, leaving, or moving within the bathing area.

    1.2 This consumer safety specification is intended to reduce the number of accidents by specifying requirements for grab bars and accessories designed to decrease the probability of slips and falls.

    1.3 This consumer safety specification does not address the specific need of gang showers, island tubs, peninsula tubs, sunken tubs, or tubs 6 ft (1.8 m) or longer.

    1.4 This consumer safety specification exempts shower stalls with both interior dimensions of 34 in. (864 mm) or less.

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.6 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 7, of this specification. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, 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.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.140.70 (Sanitary installations)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30181501(Bathtubs)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F0446-85R09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F446-85(2009), Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Grab Bars and Accessories Installed in the Bathing Area, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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