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Did You Know?

New York  January 18, 2013


Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

UL to Double Testing Capacity with Move to New Facility ANSI member and audited designator Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has announced that it will bolster its quality and safety assurance testing capabilities by moving its consumer products testing laboratory to a larger facility in Enfield, Connecticut. The new facility – which includes the advanced equipment and instrumentation needed to test toys, electrical equipment, textiles, and apparel, among other items – will more than double the laboratory’s capacity, allowing UL to effectively address growing demand for consumer products testing in the U.S.

For more information about UL’s consumer products testing and related activities, visit www.ul.com/consumer-products.

ASHRAE Announces Nominees for 2013 New Face of Engineering
ASHRAE, an ANSI member and audited designator, has announced the top five nominees for the 2013 iteration of its annual New Face of Engineering program, which highlights the achievements of engineers who are 30 years of age or younger. The selected recipient will be featured in ads in USA Today and the ASHRAE Journal and will attend the April 11-12, 2013, Annual Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Meeting in Liverpool, United Kingdom; ASHRAE will provide funds for room, board, and travel expenses.

The program nominees for 2013 are: Christopher Michael Gray, P.E., senior research engineer at Southern Company; Ian Metzger, engineer III at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Andrew Phelps, P.E., project manager at Barnes & Dodge; Ben Weigand, P.E., project manager/mechanical engineer at TME Inc.; and Christopher J. Wilson, mechanical engineer at Westlake Reed Leskosky.

The biographies of the five nominees are available here. The selected recipient will be announced on ASHRAE.org during the February 17-23, 2013, National Engineers Week.

PEARL Applies for ASD Status
The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL), an ANSI Organizational Member, has officially applied to become accredited as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD). The organization has also proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on PEARL-sponsored American National Standards (ANS) focusing on reconditioning practices for electrical products and systems, and supplementing existing standards developed by ANSI member and audited designator the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ANSI member and accredited standards developer IEEE, among other groups.

During the public review period, PEARL’s proposed operating procedures are available here. Please submit any comments by Monday, February 11, 2013, to both Mark Stone, PEARL’s association manager (pearl@pearl1.org), and to the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC) at Jthompso@ANSI.org.

NOCSAE Files Application for ASD Status
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), an ANSI organizational member, has officially applied to become accredited as an ANSI ASD. The NOCSAE has also proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on sponsored ANS focusing on safety guidelines for athletic equipment, including helmets, body padding, and shin guards.

During the public review period, NOCSAE’s proposed operating procedures are available here. Please submit any comments by Monday, February 18, 2013, to both Michael Oliver, NOCSAE’s executive director, at mike.oliver@nocsae.org, and to the recording secretary of ANSI’s ExSC at Jthompso@ANSI.org.


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