ASTM WK65346

    New Guide for Safety Considerations in Designing and Selecting Exoskeletons for Industrial, Medical and Military Applications

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    WK65346

    1. Scope

    The guide will identify & characterize safety considerations related to the design and selection of exoskeletons for a variety of applications. The initial focus will be industrial, medical, and military. The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. 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.


    Keywords

    exosuit; guidance; selection criteria

    Rationale

    Introduction of exoskeletons for industrial, military or medical applications must consider safety as a priority. Exoskeleton safety assessment should include identification of potential exoskeleton malfunctions, identification of potential exoskeleton induced injuries as well as identification of injury prone situations that may be caused by use of exoskeletons in a given environment. The safety of the exoskeleton user, of the exoskeleton operator and of surrounding individuals must be considered. The recommendations in this guidance document are intended to provide best practices in assessing the safety aspects of exoskeletons as well as the safety aspects of exoskeleton integration in relevant use scenarios.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:
    10-11-2018

    Technical Contact:
    Victoria Budico

    Status:
    Draft Under Development