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Did You Know?

New York, Nov 30, 2007

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.

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program Seeks Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

The scope of EMAP’s activity will be limited to those standards that apply to Emergency Management programs and systems related to disaster preparedness.

EMAP was created by a group of national organizations to foster continuous improvement in emergency management capabilities. It provides emergency management programs with the opportunity to be recognized for compliance with national standards, to demonstrate accountability, and to focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed.

To obtain a copy of EMAP’s proposed operating procedures, or to offer comments, please contact: Ms. Nicole Ishmael, executive director of the emergency management and accreditation program (telephone: 859.244.8242; fax: 859.244.8239; Remarks and requests for additional information should be submitted by January 7, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

A downloadable copy of EMAP’s proposed operating procedures can be found here.

ASHRAE’s New Magazine Focuses on High-Performance Buildings
In an effort to contribute to a more sustainable built environment, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has launched High Performing Buildings, a new magazine that covers the latest developments in sustainable design and energy-efficient technologies in the built environment.

Seeking to advance the concepts of both integrated building design and measured building performance within the building community, the new magazine will feature working case studies of buildings that have met the highest standards of sustainability. The articles will provide performance data together with a “lessons learned” section featuring the comments of the designers and operators who were involved with the project.

ASHRAE’s initiative is particularly timely since the international standards community has recently selected the theme “Intelligent and Sustainable Buildings” for World Standards Day 2008.

To request additional information, please contact Ms. Jodi Dunlop in the ASHRAE public relations department (telephone: 678-539-1140; To learn more about subscriptions to High Performing Buildings, please click here.

ASSE is Chosen to Administer the New TAG to ISO/TMB/Risk Management
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of a U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the new ISO Technical Management Board Working Group on Risk Management (ISO/TMB/RM). The appointed TAG Administrator is the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), effective November 16, 2007.

The TAG will operate using the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, ASSE is a professional safety organization whose members are engaged with safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education. The organization seeks to improve workplace safety and health conditions and to raise international awareness on these topics.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Timothy Fisher, director of practices and standards at ASSE (telephone: 847.768.3411; fax: 847.296.9221;