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.
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.