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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems to Moveable Gas Connectors

New York, Aug 17, 2005

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
Organizations that want to improve their occupational health and safety performance, productivity, financial performance, quality, and other organizational and business objectives now have a new tool. ANSI/AIHA Standard Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems helps businesses comprehensively integrate occupational health and safety management into business practices and systems. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) led the development of ANSI/AIHA Standard Z10 as secretariat for the Z10 Committee, which included experts from labor, government, professional organizations and industry.

Development included extensive examination of current national and international standards, guidelines and practices, and the resulting standard is compatible with relevant OHS, environmental, and quality management standards, such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 and 14000, and with approaches to OHS management in common use in the United States. It focuses on principles that are broadly applicable to organizations of all sizes and types, not on detailed specifications. The approved standard is being prepared for publication and will be available in mid-September.

Moveable Gas Connectors
Whether in the back of a neighborhood restaurant or a four-star hotel, the fast pace of a commercial kitchen swirls around heavy-duty equipment with many potential hazards. Safety in these environments is key. Now, updated standards will enhance safety and sanitation in commercial kitchens by requiring that commercial-grade moveable gas connectors be used for all equipment that is moved on a regular basis for cleaning or maintenance. The updates were recently made in the American National Standard Institute/Canadian Standards Association standard, ANSI Z21.69/CSA 6.16, and the National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1/NFPA 54.

Moveable gas connectors provide a safer, cleaner option than other frequently used methods. Stationary (residential-grade) connectors in a commercial kitchen can increase the risk of injury and property loss due to fire and explosion, and lack a smooth "wipe clean" surface. This increases the risk for accumulating bacteria that increases the probability of food contamination or food-borne illness. Further, hard-piped installations that do not allow for the movement of appliances for cleaning can result in the buildup of dangerous grease and bacteria, which could lead to a fire and or food contamination.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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