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Did You Know?

New York, Nov 30, 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.

InfoComm Offers Free Webinars for AV Professionals
InfoComm International, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is offering a free webinar series to help audio-visual (AV) professionals maintain their competitive advantage through continuing education.

The series is free for all interested stakeholders, and includes topics specifically chosen for business owners, manufacturers, human resource directors, general Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam candidates, and CTS holders seeking renewal units. All webinars are offered on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST. Past webinars are also available through an archive of recorded sessions.

For more information, visit the InfoComm Wednesday Webinars page.

NFPA Celebrates 500 Community Milestone for Firewise Program
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that over 500 communities now participate in its Firewise Communities Program.

The program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.

“We credit a passionate team of fire and safety professionals and motivated residents from across the country for helping Firewise attain the 500 community milestone,” said program manager Michele Steinberg. “The Firewise program’s growth translates to greater protection for lives, homes, and natural resources in advance of the threat of wildfire. In today’s environment, preparation is more important than ever.”

For more information, see the NFPA news release.

TIA Provides Toy Shopping and Toy Safety Tips for Holiday Season
The Toy Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a list of toy shopping and toy safety tips for parents just in time for the gift-giving season.

The tips provided are useful at the store, once the presents are opened, and after the holidays and throughout the year. They include: avoid small parts for children under age three and children who mouth toys; inspect toys at the store, looking for sturdy parts and tightly secured joints; dispose of all unnecessary toy packaging and gift wrap as soon as possible; and keep toys organized and away from stairs or high-traffic areas in your home.

For more information and to read the complete set of toy safety tips, see the TIA news release.

ISO Updates Standard for Electrically Propelled Road Vehicles
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released revised versions of two parts of a standard that provides safety specifications for electrically propelled road vehicles.

ISO 6469-1:2009, Electric road vehicles – Safety specifications – Part 1: On-board rechargeable energy storage system (RESS), and ISO 6469-2:2009, Electric road vehicles – Safety specifications – Part 2: Vehicle operational safety means and protection against failures, aim to help manufacturers design safe electrically propelled vehicles. The documents also provide a framework for the information manufacturers need to make available for safety personnel and emergency responders dealing with accidents involving such vehicles.

Part 3 of the standard is currently under Draft International Standard (DIS) ballot. For more information, see the ISO news release.

Upcoming TIA Webinar Addresses Energy and Environmental Trends
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that it will hold a free webinar on energy and environmental trends and forecasts. The session will be held on December 3, 2009, at 2:00 p.m.

The webinar will detail the findings in the recent TIA's ICT Green Report: Energy & Environmental Trends & Forecasts. Registration for the webinar is required. For more information, view the TIA news release.

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