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Did You Know?

New York, Jan 09, 2009

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

Bureau of Indian Standards Joins PASC
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is pleased to announce that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has become a member of the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC).

With the new addition, the PASC membership has come to include twenty-five economies from the Asian region. As a prelude to BIS acceptance, representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) attended the thirty-first PASC meeting in 2008 [see related article].

The public-private partnership with India established in the tripartite ANSI/BIS/CII Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in December 2007 [see related article], also paved the way for this development.

BIS' membership will contribute to expanding Indian participation in PASC’s work on international standardization, trade, and consumer protection.

Sustainable Success Alert Meets Online about EMS Implementation
Sustainable Success Alert will run Changing the Way We Manage Environmental Commitments , an online video conference aiming to help government facilities in their environmental management, on January 29, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Anchored by U.S. Federal Environmental Executive Mr. Joe Cascio, a panel of experts will explain how to install an environmental management system (EMS) that meets the mandatory requirements of Executive Order 13423, which is based on the ISO 14000 series of EMS standards.

For more information, please visit Sustainable Success Alert’s website.

DOE Announces New Webinars on Energy Efficiency
Continuing the series of free webcasts on industrial energy efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program has announced the updated schedule for the next two months.

The following sessions will be given:

  • Introduction to the Industrial Technologies Program
  • Energy Management Programs
  • Emerging Steel Technologies
  • State and Utility Partnerships
  • Energy Assessments: What Are the Benefits to Large Facilities?
  • Energy Assessments: What Are the Benefits to Small- and Medium-Sized Facilities?
  • Quick PEP Tool Demonstration and Results

For more information, please click here.

Society for Protective Coatings Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), a new ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

SSPC's standards activity will cover: the specifics of industrial and maintenance protective coatings, coating systems, and abrasives; readiness of steel and concrete prior to the application of protective coatings; techniques for the application of industrial and maintenance protective coatings; and requirements for third-party programs enabling facility owners to assess firms that apply industrial coatings.

For additional information, please contact: Ms. Aimée Beggs, standards development specialist,(telephone: 412.281.2331 ext. 2223; fax: 412.281.9993;

The National Marine Electronics Association Applies for Accreditation
The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI accredited standards developer.

With hundreds of members involved in marine electronics, NMEA develops voluntary industry standards recommending technical installation practices, communication protocols of electronic devices and educational materials.

For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Steve Spitzer, NMEA’s technical director (telephone: 410.975.9425; fax: 410.975.9450;

Comments to NMEA should be offered by February 9, 2009, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download a copy of NMEA’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

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