Work Item
ASTM WK80656

New Practice for Development of Classifications for the nature of job

1. Scope

The development and maintenance of standards for exoskeletons and exosuits. The Committee will encourage research in this field and sponsor symposia, workshops, and publications to facilitate the development of such standards. The work of this Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM technical committees and organizations having mutual or related interests.


Return to work; physical demands; job matching; job analysis; job hazard analysis


Employers have access to several different types of exoskeletons on the market, namely (a) back assist, (b) shoulder and arm assist, (c) tool holding/support, and (d) leg assist, each designed to augment a specific part of the body14. Employers face two main challenges; first determining which employees would benefit the most from using an exoskeleton and second the selection of the appropriate type of exoskeleton for a specific job. Other stake holders such as physicians want to ensure that workers are not re-injuring themselves as they return to work. This standard work item will help address these needs.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: F48.02

Committee: F48

Staff Manager: Nora Nimmerichter

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-24-2022

Technical Contact: Venkat Venkata subramanian

Item: 000