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ASTM F3444/F3444M-20

Standard Practice for Training Exoskeleton Users

Standard Practice for Training Exoskeleton Users F3444_F3444M-20 ASTM|F3444_F3444M-20|en-US Standard Practice for Training Exoskeleton Users Standard new BOS Vol. 15.13 Committee F48
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Significance and Use

4.1 This practice establishes the minimum training criteria for exoskeleton users.

4.2 This practice does not supersede any established laws or regulations of international, national, federal, state, tribal, local, or regional governments.

4.3 A commonly used training practice is for a competent, qualified, or certified trainer to provide to the student with written, visual, and verbal training materials that elementally breakdown the intended subject matter into a series of achievable modules. The trainer describes and demonstrates each module, and then interactively has the exoskeleton student user repeat and demonstrate specified knowledge, skills, and abilities to verify and validate the complete transfer of that knowledge, skills, and abilities.

4.4 This practice by itself is not a training document. It is an outline of the topics required for training or evaluating exoskeleton users for competence, proficiency, certification, or license.

4.5 The knowledge, skills, and abilities presented in the following sections are not in any particular order and do not represent a training sequence.


1.1 This practice establishes the minimum training requirements, including general knowledge, skills, and abilities, for personnel who use an exoskeleton as part of their duties.

1.2 This practice applies only to exoskeletons and exosuits.

Note 1: For more advanced exoskeletons, those that are powered, or with IT data connections/links for data transfer, or combinations thereof, upload/download requirements, ensure exoskeleton user and system operators training includes addressing all precautions so they can quickly identify and resolve any data transfer problems experienced with a fully operational exoskeleton.

1.3 It is recognized that organizations and job responsibilities vary widely among military, medical, industrial, and emergency response communities. It is the responsibility of the user of this practice to identify the appropriate subject matter for its program and its specific needs.

1.4 Users of this practice should consult with the exoskeleton manufacturer to ensure they have the latest and most relevant information on the exoskeleton. In addition, all training should comply with laws and regulations regarding user safety and health as well as the safety of individuals in close proximity to the user.

1.5 Units—The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

1.6 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.13
Developed by Subcommittee: F48.02
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/F3444_F3444M-20
ICS Code: 11.180.01; 25.040.30