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ANSI COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

April 6, 2020

The ANSI portal, Freely Available ISO and IEC Standards to Help Address COVID-19 Crisis, now includes 36 international standards covering medical equipment and devices – including ventilators and respiratory equipment; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience.
April 3, 2020

To speed rapid and effective response efforts to the mounting COVID-19 global health crisis, ANSI has added a new suite of key international standards to the ANSI portal.
March 30, 2020

In view of the significant health risks posed by COVID-19, ANSI, ANAB, and Workcred offices remain closed until further notice. All operations continue to fully function, with staff working remotely.
March 12, 2020

The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, members, and standards community partners are paramount at ANSI. The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) around the globe and here in the U.S. ...
ANSI Federation COVID-19 Efforts
STANDARDIZATION COMMUNITY MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health, safety, and infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak. ANSI is monitoring, sharing, and promoting appropriate news to highlight these efforts.
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June 1, 2020

  • The Aluminum Association Launches Survey on “Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Aluminum Industry”
  • ISEA Details How PPE Manufacturers and Suppliers Respond to COVID-19
  • Lockheed Martin Shares its Aircraft Global Relief Efforts
  • Materials Handling Industry Offers Resources by Agency and Industry
  • Optiv Launches Timeline on COVID-19's Impact on Cybersecurity
May 26, 2020

  • AdvaMed Issues MedTech Compliance Guidance in COVID Response
  • Ericsson Promotes Initiatives to Keep America Running
  • ExxonMobil Ramps Up Production of Medical Grade Sanitizer, PPE
  • Johnson & Johnson Works on a Possible COVID-19 Vaccine, Supports Healthcare Workers
  • SMPTE Expands Access to Educational Programs, Events, and Standards Documents
May 18, 2020

  • ACC Offers COVID-19 Poster and Compilation of Industry Specific Resources
  • Boeing Launches Confident Travel Initiative, Aids COVID Response with Dreamlifter
  • NEMA Publishes COVID-19 Guide for Disinfecting Electrical Equipment
  • NSF International to Host Webinar on Using QMS Tools to Navigate Extraordinary Events
  • TCATA Opens Registration for How to Lead in a Crisis Webinar
May 11, 2020

  • IAPMO to Host Webinar Series to Assist in Safer Reopening of Buildings, Offers Access to Codes and Standards
  • National Ground Water Association Publishes Article on Low Risk of COVID-19 Contaminating Private Water Wells
  • National Contract Management Association Offers Contracting Guidance
May 1, 2020

  • IES to Present Free Educational Program on Germicidal Ultraviolet Disinfection
  • NEMA Expands COVID-19 Resources for Electroindustry
  • NIST Funding Manufacturing Institutes to Support Pandemic Response
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Offers Resources
  • UL Updates COVID-19 Support and Services
April 24, 2020

  • Auto Glass Safety Council Releases Educational Presentations for COVID Planning
  • NASA Develops COVID-19 Prototype Ventilator
  • NENA Issues on Demand Webinar for Emergency Response Professionals
  • SBCA Offers COVID-19 Resources, Launches Survey for Component Manufacturing Industry
  • SHRM Releases Updated Online Resources
April 17, 2020

  • ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Resources Available
  • "ASCE Plot Points" Podcast Offers Support for Civil Engineering Community
  • CLSI Releases Documents Helpful for COVID-19 Testing
  • IAPMO and Industry Partners Host "How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts Your Business” Webinar; Recording Now Available
  • ICC Offers Expansive Set of Resources for Policymakers and Building Officials
  • Kaiser Permanente Offers Tips on Getting Care by Region
  • PMMI Offers Podcast, Virtual Town Hall Series
  • RIA Webinar: Opportunities for Autonomous Mobile Robots: During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 10, 2020

  • CSA Group Opens No-Fee View Access to Relevant Standards, Provides Health Care Safety Research Papers
  • ICC Launches Webinar Series to Support Building Safety Professionals
  • ISEA Offers Complimentary Access to ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 for Personal Eye and Face Protection
  • UL Provides Access to Standards to Support Healthcare, Air Ventilation, and Building Materials
April 6, 2020

  • ASSP Responds to COVID-19 Developments
  • ICC Debuts Coronavirus Response Center
  • GBI to Host April 14 Webinar: Health Care Operations: Implications & Actions from COVID-1
  • Microsoft, MIT, and DOE’s LBNL among New Public-Private Consortium to Mitigate Pandemics using AI
  • National Institutes of Health Partners with FDA, America Makes, Department of Veterans' Affairs to Support Additive Manufacturing Industry Demands
March 26, 2020

In this issue: Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Consumer Technology Association (CTA), International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
March 25, 2020

In this issue: AAMI and ASTM International
March 20, 2020

In this issue: Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), the Aluminum Association, and NFPA
March 16, 2020

In this issue: Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), IAPMO, National Restaurant Association, NFPA, Microsoft, Google
March 9, 2020

In this issue: AAMI, NFPA, ASTM International, BOMA, ASHRAE
February 20, 2020

In this issue: IAPMO, American Chemistry Council (ACC), National Institutes of Health

Other News

April 17, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in daily life and the way business is conducted, the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) continues to provide much needed accreditation services to the marketplace.
March 12, 2020

Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is leading several countries and organizations to restrict travel and meetings, COPANT president, Ricardo Fragoso, and COPANT authorities will suspend the...
March 12, 2020

Amid health concerns over COVID-19, declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) today issued an announcement noting that all ISO governance and technical...

Additional Resources

Virtual Meetings

April 13, 2020

To prioritize health and safety, and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations amid the COVID-19 global health pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced virtual attendance for upcoming meetings and conferences hosted by ANSI, the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), and Workcred through June 2020, including those previously scheduled to take place in ANSI, ANAB, and Workcred facilities.
March 16, 2020

The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is now offering a series of live, web-based training courses to meet the need for continued learning in light of widespread travel restrictions and social distancing efforts amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Message from the ANSI President
First Quarter, 2020
MARCH 12, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, members, and standards community partners are paramount at ANSI. The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) around the globe and here in the U.S. is a public health emergency of growing urgency, and the World Health Organization has now declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. In view of the significant health risks posed by COVID-19, ANSI has put in place several precautions consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for strategies that businesses may implement to protect their employees and guests.

Specifically, until further notice, ANSI is making virtual attendance available for all upcoming meetings and conferences that will be hosted by or in the facilities of ANSI and its affiliates, the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and Workcred, Inc. (Workcred). In addition, no individuals will be permitted to attend any ANSI, ANAB, or Workcred meetings in person if, at any point during the previous 14 days, they have traveled from or been in contact with someone who has traveled from an area with widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission, including but not limited to the localities the CDC has identified as being a Level 1 through 3 risk. These individuals will be permitted and encouraged to attend meetings remotely, technology permitting. We are also making such remote attendance an option for any attendee who chooses not to attend in person.

Additionally, in light of the state of emergency issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 7, 2020, where there are currently approximately 330 confirmed cases of coronavirus – and in consideration of Governor Cuomo’s and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recommendation that employees in New York work from home if they are able to do so – I have approved and implemented a temporary work-from-home policy for ANSI employees in the New York Office.

 

This decision was taken in consultation with the Chair of ANSI’s Board of Directors to ensure the safety of our employees, the continuity of ANSI’s operations, and to help minimize the potential spread of the virus by reducing the number of people taking mass transit in New York. We have asked all employees, including ANSI NY office employees who do not choose to work from home immediately under the temporary policy described above, to determine if they can effectively work from home in the near future and for a protracted period if the situation requires.

Beyond protecting the health and safety of our own staff and ANSI participants, ANSI and the standards community has always eagerly stepped up to address national and global health and safety issues, and the challenge presented by COVID-19 is no different. We are already seeing many instances of the critical role of standards-based activities in supporting health and safety initiatives. As ANSI reported, IAPMO, the American Chemistry Council, and the National Institutes of Health have issued COVID-19-related guidance and resources. And as the Institute also highlighted, the CDC has referenced standards from AAMI, NFPA, and ASTM International for recommended personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel; and BOMA International and ASHRAE have also released guidance for building owners and HVAC systems.

Such efforts among the ANSI Federation continue to grow, and ANSI is as committed as ever to supporting the important work of the standards and conformity assessment community to help meet the current challenge. Please let us know how your organization is contributing, and how ANSI might be able to help.

We are closely monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 and will post updated announcements here as circumstances evolve. I also encourage you to visit CDC’s website for the latest information regarding the coronavirus disease, as well as information on prevention and travel precautions.

Best regards,

Joe Bhatia