Literally everywhere you turn in your daily life, thousands of standards are there, helping everything work. From tech devices, appliances, and energy infrastructure, to healthcare, machinery, and smart vehicles—and nearly everything in between—all innovation is shaped, propelled, and guided by standards.
Here, ANSI illustrates a small sample of the voluntary consensus standards developed by thousands of experts in diverse forums that are working to assure the products, processes, and systems we rely on every day are safe, reliable, and efficient, and work effectively together.
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According to the American Hiking Society, day hiking is projected to see the greatest rate of growth in adults of any outdoor recreational activity by 2060. So the recent publication of ISO 3021:2023, Adventure tourism — Hiking and trekking activities — Requirements and recommendations, will do a mountain of good for hikers everywhere. This international standard provides guidance for the safety of participants, leaders, and assistants in hiking and trekking tourism activities, and establishes criteria for characteristics and difficulty levels for route classification. Hitting the trail should be safer and more enjoyable than ever!