standards specifications

hi,

while doing student projects where can we look for standards related to say a safety feature.

ex:- chilrens chair saftey standards …

whats the best way to search for these type of information. i have always ended up in sites where i was asked to pay for the standards. like ISO saftey standards.
are there any free websites?
looking forward for comments

sisir

United States CPSC standards can be found at cpsc.gov for free. This covers all mandatory US gov’t standards. Voluntary standards for things like children’s products are set by the ASTM and are available for download if you pay. If you go to your (good) local library, you can access and photocopy them. Don’t know about other countries’ standards, but if you live in a large city, the library is where I would start.