NFC Weighing In on ISANTA Air Tool Standard

Framing News,

Originally Published by: SBCA Magazine — July 27, 2022
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The National Framers Council is currently reviewing ISANTA’s proposed revisions to the ANSI SNT-101-2015, “American National Safety Standard for Portable, Compressed-Air-Actuated Fastener Driving Tools.”

According to ISANTA, several changes were made to ANSI SNT-101 primarily to improve safety and create greater consistency with ISO 11148-13, Hand-held non-electric power tools - Safety requirements - Part 13: Fastener driving tools.

These include:

  • Definitions (Section 2) o Updated actuation system definitions to harmonize with ISO 11148-13 (single-sequential, full-sequential, contact, selective, automatic reversion, continual actuation, continual contact actuation, single actuation)
    • Updated definition of heavy-duty stapler to include finish nailers and harmonize with ISO 11148-13
    • Updated definition of production application, workpiece contact
    • Added definitions of special tools (multi-blow tools, pinners, single-blow tools, special application tools, tool without workpiece contact)
    • Added definition of trigger time-out period
    • Added definition for collating material
  • Added instructions for tools intended to drive fasteners into hard surfaces (Clause
  • Added clauses regarding direction of discharged air and lubricants, ergonomics, tool markings (Clauses 3.1.5, 3.1.6, 3.2)
  • Tool operations – responsibilities of employer, tool owner and tool operator for safe use of the tool – were updated (Section 4.1)
  • Eye protection – upgraded requirement from ANSI Z87.1 to being marked with “Z87+” indicating for impact resistance, with side shields. (Section 4.2.1)
  • Added Nailer Work Procedures (Section 4.3)
  • Updated Tool Maintenance Instructions (Section 6.2.2)
  • Updated Tool Operating/Safety Instructions (Section 7.1)
  • Added requirements regarding tool lubrication (Section
  • Updated requirements for tool inspection (Section 7.4.8)
  • Updated requirements for tool handling (Section 7.4.10)

You can review the proposed standard here.  If you have any concerns with the standard as proposed, please reach out to Talia Zanotelli ( for potential inclusion in NFC’s official response.