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Standards for Safety and Sustainability Support Labor Day Weekend Activities

New York, Sep 04, 2009

Across the country, families are packing up their bags and heading to the nearest ocean, lake, or vacation home for a Labor Day weekend celebration. While everyone enjoys the sun, relaxation, and time spent with family and friends, standards are in place to assure safety and sustainability over the holiday weekend.

Many Americans will pile into the car to head to the beach this weekend, leading to traffic on the highways and increased air pollution from vehicle exhaust. A new standard developed by SAE International, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), guides the advanced technology used in exhaust-free electric cars. SAE J 2289-2008, Electric Drive Battery Pack System: Functional Guidelines, describes common practices for design of battery systems for vehicles that utilize a rechargeable battery to provide or recover all or some traction energy for an electric drive system. It provides guidelines for designing a battery system to package into manufacturer’s electric drive vehicles.

NAM Labor Day Report Gives Promising Forecast for Manufacturing Industry

A new report released by ANSI member the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) confirms signs of improving conditions in the manufacturing sector over the past few months.

Labor Day 2009: The Manufacturing Report examines the recent economic decline, emerging signs of stabilization, and the outlook for employment, manufacturing, and the economy. It projects an upturn in manufacturing production gradually over the next year, but warns the economy is still fragile.

For more information, see the NAM news release.

Beach-goers on this sunny weekend will likely want to take a dip in an ocean or lake to cool off. As lifeguards watch the swimming area closely, the safety of swimmers is enhanced by International Standards for beach safety flags, including this three-part document developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO):

  • ISO 20712-1:2008, Water safety signs and beach safety flags - Part 1: Specifications for water safety signs used in workplaces and public areas

  • ISO 20712-2:2007, Water safety signs and beach safety flags - Part 2: Specifications for beach safety flags - Colour, shape, meaning and performance

  • ISO 20712-3:2008, Water safety signs and beach safety flags - Part 3: Guidance for use

ISO 20712 was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 145, Graphical symbols, subcommittee (SC) 2, Safety identification, signs, shapes, symbols and colours. The ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator for this TC and SC is the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

Whether spending the holiday in the water, the park, or a backyard, revelers should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. ANSI Z80.3-2008, Nonprescription Sunglass and Fashion Eyewear Requirements, is an American National Standard that provides guidelines for recreational sunglasses, assuring the safety of consumers’ eyes as they soak up the sun. ANSI Z80.3-2008 was developed by the Z80 ANSI-accredited Standards Committee. The Vision Council, a trade association for the optical industry, serves as the secretariat for this committee.

As American workers take a day off to relax and celebrate their accomplishments, standards will stay hard at work to assure safety, health, and the protection of the environment.

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