Codes and Standards Resources

American National Standards Institute
ANSI serves as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system.

American Society for Testing and Materials
ASTM is a private sector organization which develops standards for a variety of factors including slip resistance for various surfaces.  ASTM has recently developed a standard for the accessibility of playground surfaces, ASTM F1951 (formerly ASTM PS-83).

International Code Council
The ICC was established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes.  The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).  The ICC website includes information on building accessibility (first of three pages).

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947.  The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards
NCSBCS is dedicated to working through cooperative efforts to enhance health, safety, welfare, and economic development by promoting quality and innovation in the building environment through technical services, education, and training.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA develops and maintains a variety of codes and standards concerning all areas of fire safety. offers background materials and useful links for locating information about the use of standards in government.   Its primary focus is on federal agency use of standards for regulatory and procurement purposes.