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"Standards That Make a Difference" Survey Receives Enthusiastic Response From Standards Community

New York, Oct 18, 2002

In June of 2002, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the launch of the "Standards That Make a Difference," an online survey calling for the identification of standards considered to be "most valuable" by the members of the standards and conformity assessment community, with a brief explanation provided by the nominator to highlight the benefits for consumers, government or industry. Each submission qualified for entry into a random drawing for a $300 gift certificate.

A special display at the ANSI Annual Conference showcased a selection from the nearly 100 nominated standards, while an electronic presentation offered conference attendees the chance to browse the vast variety of all the standards that were singled out for making a difference. The survey results demonstrated the critical role that specific documents (whether a single standard or family of standards) play in enhancing business competitiveness and improving societal issues such as safety, health and the quality of life. Standards were nominated from a wide array of industries, from refrigeration and air-conditioning to data automation systems.

At the close of the conference, Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO, conducted a drawing of the names of all those that nominated standards. The winning entrant was Dr. Ernest Julian, chief of the Office of Food Protection at the Rhode Island Department of Health, for his nomination of the standard BSR/NSF 4-200b Commercial Cooking, Rethermalization and Powered Hot Food.. Dr. Julian explained that food-borne illness is most often associated with potentially hazardous foods maintained at unsafe temperatures. This document, which is currently under revision to update the NSF/ANSI 4 - 2002 version, will entail an upgrade to hot holding equipment to make certain that the equipment is capable of maintaining goods at temperatures that prohibit bacterial growth.

Dr. Julian was not present at the conference; ANSI will deliver the winning gift certificate to him.

"Highlighting standards that make a difference has not only provided the necessary real-life examples that bring additional awareness of the important work being done in the standards community, but it has also give ANSI valuable information to showcase in our publicity efforts," said Hurwitz. "We thank everyone who contributed to the survey and express our congratulations to today's winner."

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