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Standards: Why Do Standards Matter?

An introduction and guide to standards and codes: what they are, where they come from, and how to get them.

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History of Standards

Why Do Standards Matter?


Why Do Standards Matter?

Basically, standards are necessary for the effective operation and safety of many materials, products, methods, and services. Standards provide a measureable operation of compatibility for safety, efficacy, efficiency, mass production, and quality control. Below are two illustrations of the need for standards (from Through History With Standards published by the American Standards Association and reprinted in Speaking of Standards, Cahners Books, 1972).

What is a standard and why would you use it? Take a look on this page from the BSI British Standards.


As late as 1927, GREEN lights meant STOP in some US cities and GO in others. There were frequent traffic accidents when travellers visited other cities.                                                                                                   

A fire broke out in 1904 in Baltimore, Maryland. Special trains rushed fire equipment from Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. The fire destroyed approximately 2,500 buildings and burned for more than 30 hours … all because the hoses from the other cities would not fit the Baltimore hydrants.