Seventy-eight percent of respondents used FOPS at least sometimes, while 6.7% used them only the first time they purchased a product.
The results from the analysis of variance of participants' ratings of FOPS characteristics are shown in Table 1.
The proliferation of FOPS has led to concerns about their reliability as sources of information to guide the selection of healthier foods (1,6).
Although the optimal front-of-pack rating system for encouraging consumers' healthy food choices has not been identified, the IOM has recommended the use of a single, standardized symbol over multiple FOPS to help consumers identify healthier foods (22).
Both ROPS and FOPS are structures on a vehicle that form part of the cabin above the driver and passengers.
"For mining equipment (utility vehicles) used on surface and underground, you need a ROPS and FOPS," said Sahil (Savy) Bhardwaj, engineer technologist, Stanley Appleton Manufacturing.
The company will design, build, test and certify ROPS and FOPS for small Kubota tractors and passenger-carrying vehicles, up to and including large earth-moving machines and rock-drilling equipment.
"He looked at my toes and one is slightly shorter than the other - a classic sign of FOP disease," she recalled.
Lucy was told that FOP means she suffers from a mutation of the body's repair mechanism.
"Most current wheel loaders must meet strict guidelines for ROPS and FOPS safety standards.
Skid steers manufactured by Gehl, West Bend, Wisc., come standard with Level II FOPS. "We feel it is strong enough that we include it as a standard feature because it gives more overhead cab protection to the operator," Gehl Product Manager Kelly Moore says.
Lance Mathern of Bobcat Co., West Fargo, Ind., says SAE FOPS Level II certification is intended for protection from falling trees or rocks for machines involved in site clearing, overhead demolition or forestry applications.