“ASTM F2983 will provide manufacturers with recommended guidelines to follow,” says Paul Gilbert, president, Resilite Sports Products Inc., and F08.12 chairman. “Proper labeling and handling will result in longer life for the product and safer use by the athlete.” Manufacturers and purchasers of mats will be the primary users of the new standard. The subcommittee hopes that the National Collegiate Athletic Association and National High School Federation will adopt the standard into their regulations. ASTM F2983 provides a list of required information to be placed on labels that are durably affixed to wrestling mats. This includes identification and contact information for the manufacturer and instructions stating that the mat is only to be used under the supervision of trained and qualified instructors. In addition, the standard provides requirements for additional product literature that can be placed directly on the packaging for a mat or as printed instructions included with it. Accompanying literature should include:
Warranty or note on where warranty can by accessed;
Statement to read and comply with manufacturer’s instructions; and
Statement to comply with rules of applicable sports.
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