STATUS OF ACCREDITATION OF ROADSIDE SAFETY EQUIPMENT CRASH TEST LABORATORIES IN THE UNITED STATES

The traffic barriers and crash cushions that are installed in the medians and alongside the road to alleviate the harm to occupants in impacting vehicles must meet certain standards. The method by which the traffic barriers meet standards is by being crash tested at an outdoor laboratory with a speeding vehicle under controlled conditions. The formal name for this process is "conformity assessment". Conformity assessment includes three processes. The first is the development of standards and procedures which define what a purchaser wants and what the supplier agrees to provide, the second is a quality system, and the third is laboratory accreditation. This paper addresses the laboratory accreditation issue. It explains what a laboratory accreditation process is, then discusses the status of roadside safety equipment crash test laboratory accreditation in the United States. It appears that the United States is moving slowly toward a formal roadside safety hardware laboratory accreditation process.

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    • TAYLOR, H W
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  • Publication Date: 1996-2

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  • Pagination: p. 83-84
  • Monograph Title: ROADSIDE SAFETY ISSUES REVISITED
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  • Accession Number: 00721432
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 13 1996 12:00AM