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November 29, 2010

The Newsletter of the Snell Memorial Foundation

This is the fifty-fifth edition of the Foundation's newsletters to the helmet manufacturing industry.                            pdf  version 

In This Issue

  1. Annual Manufacturers Meeting
  2. Holiday Lab Schedule
  3. Snell Board of Directors
  4. SA2010 FHR (SAH2010) Addendum
  5. Snell Testing Serices in UK
  6. Submissions for Certification
  7. Certified Helmet Lists
  8. FIA Technical List 25
  9. In Memoriam: James Barnes
  10. Comments and Suggestions

Who to Contact at Snell

Annual Manufacturer's Meeting

The Foundation’s annual manufacturer’s meeting will be held the evening of February 17, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel, 50 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Coffee and soft drinks will be served. Snell certified manufacturers are invited. Other interested parties must contact the Snell office in California for details.

Holiday Schedule

The Snell Lab will be closed for annual calibration and maintenance from December 20th, 2010 until January 10th, 2011. Testing services will resume on or about the second week of January 2011. Due to the testing backlog, submissions not currently in hand may not be tested until after the new year.

Snell Board of Directors

At the meeting of the Snell Board of Directors held on October 21, 2010, Dr. Harold A. Fenner stepped down from the office of President. He will continue to serve as a board member and to participate in the conduct of Snell Standards and programs.

Dr. Daniel J. Thomas is the board’s new president; Mr. William Muzzy, the Vice President and Treasurer, and Dr. Thomas A. Gennarelli the Secretary. Snell also welcomes a new member, Randal P. Ching, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Director of Applied Biomechanics Laboratory of the University of Washington.

SA2010 FHR Addendum (SAH2010)

A draft addendum to SA2010 concerning frontal head restraint (FHR) systems will go out to interested parties for review shortly. The draft addendum follows procedures similar to those expected in FIA 8858-2010. But the SAH2010 Addendum will not be finalized until the FIA revision has been issued and any differences have been resolved.

Once the addendum is ready, all helmets submitted for SA2010 and equipped with appropriate tether mount hardware will be subjected to loading tests similar to those of the next revision of FIA 8858. Qualifying helmets will be eligible for a “SAH2010" certification assuring that the tether provisions have also been met. Helmets previously certified to SA2010 may be resubmitted for testing to the addendum.

Snell Testing Services in England

HPE in Farnham, Surrey, can perform certification testing to Snell Standards. Manufacturers are welcome to arrange for testing there. If the manufacturer requests it, HPE will forward certification test results to the Snell Office here in California so that Snell certification can be granted. HPE will bill separately for their services but the Foundation will complete the enrollment of the helmets into Snell programs at no additional expense.

Contact information for HPE is as follows:

4 Farnham Business Centre
Dogflud Way,
Farnham Surrey,
Contact:  Paul Walker
Tel:  +44 (0) 1252 714920
Fax: +44 (0) 1252 7371367

Submissions for Certification

When submitting helmets for certification testing, please make sure that all the helmets are complete and in ready for use condition. All the samples should have all the necessary face shields, peaks (eye shades) and other accessories included with them. Lab managers may grant one-time exceptions to this policy but exceptions will be rare. If an exception is necessary, ask in advance, before sending samples.

Certified Helmets Lists

Please check the Snell certified products lists at periodically to be certain that all listings are current and correct. Spreadsheets detailing brand, model and size designations for each certified helmet are available to certified manufacturers on request. Let us know about misspellings, omissions and helmets which have gone out of production. We’ll make all the necessary corrections saving you, your customers and ourselves some unnecessary heartache.

FIA Technical List No. 25

Snell SA2010 and SAH2010 have been added to FIA Technical List No. 25, “Recognised Standards for Helmets”. Helmets meeting standards on this list are accepted for use in most FIA events.

In Memoriam

James B. Barnes, Snell’s Senior Electronics Engineer, passed away September 28, 2010 after a short illness. He is greatly missed.

Your Comments and Suggestions

If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints about any aspect of the Snell programs or services, please contact Ed Becker


Who to Contact at Snell

Snell Memorial Foundation, Inc.
3628 Madison Avenue, Suite 11
North Highlands, CA 95660
Phone: 1-888-SNELL99 (1-888-763-5599) or 916-331-5073
Fax: 916-331-0359

Editor: Hong Zhang, Director of Education

WebEditor:  Steve Johnson

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