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Did You Know?

New York, Oct 02, 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.

October 15 TIA Safety Webinar to Highlight CPSIA Updates
The Toy Industry Association (TIA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced that it will hold a one-hour webinar detailing recent updates on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The webinar will be held on October 15, 2009, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. For those unable to attend, a recording of the session will be available afterward on TIA’s website.

Advance registration is recommended. For more information, see the TIA news item.

IEEE Upgrades Spectrum Website with Enhanced Content for Visitors
IEEE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that its Spectrum publication website has been upgraded to include more free content for interested stakeholders and user-friendly search functionality.

In addition to the expert-written articles and in-depth research, visitors to the site can now access white papers, blogs, newsletters, and webinars reflecting the latest developments, standards, and best practices in a number of fields, including robotics.

To visit IEEE Spectrum Online, click here.

UL Survey Finds That Children’s Reactions in an Emergency May Not Be Safest Option
A survey conducted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an ANSI member and audited designator, reveals that children’s instincts in a weather or fire-related emergency may put them in danger.

Less than half of the children surveyed chose the safest action in case of a fire – exit the building immediately. UL stresses the importance of reviewing emergency safety tips with children frequently.

To learn more about the survey and tips to keep children safe during emergencies, read the UL news item.

ASHRAE and IGBC Sign MOU for Sustainability
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and audited designator, and the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of sustainable buildings in India and around the world.

The MOU supports the organizations’ sharing products, jointly promoting educational programs and, where appropriate, cross-marketing each other’s products and services. ASHRAE states that the MOU represents India’s potential as a market for constructing energy efficient buildings.

“This memorandum of understanding opens doors to resources, educational material, and member expertise that will benefit ASHRAE and IGBC members alike,” said Gordon Holness, ASHRAE president. “Most important, a broader knowledge of energy efficient and sustainable building practices will be gained on both sides.”

For more information, see the ASHRAE news item.

NFPA To Offer Community Wildfire Assessment Course
The Firewise Learning Center of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and audited designator, is offering a free online course for fire and forestry professionals and others who want to help residents of areas at risk from wildfire to make their homes safer.

“Conducting a Community Assessment in the Wildland/Urban Interface: Beginning the Firewise Process” is organized into eight lessons that describe a tested methodology for conducting community wildfire hazard assessments. The course explains how homes ignite during wildfires, how simple actions can greatly reduce home ignitions, and how changes in community behavior can create safer homes and communities.

NFPA will also provide related resources, including a recommended community-assessment template and links to case studies, articles, and relevant products.

To learn more, see the NFPA news item.

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