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Did You Know?

New York, Aug 17, 2012

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.

ASQ Publishes Report on Companies Making Strides in Social Responsibility
ASQ, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has released a report of case studies from companies making a positive impact on their communities through social responsibility. Pathways to Social Responsibility features best practices from diverse organizations that are engaged in social responsibility initiatives across a wide array of communities. Highlights include corporate-sponsored programs to address childhood obesity, non-profit initiatives to help low-income homeowners and people with disabilities, and collaborations for reduction of hunger and poverty.

The report also includes information about ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility. The popular standard addresses seven core social responsibility subjects including governance, human rights, labor practices, environment, operating practices, consumer rights and community rights.

Pathways to Social Responsibility is available for free downloaded here.

ASTM International Launches Two New Online Journals on Industrial Materials
ANSI member and audited designator ASTM International has launched two new online journals, Advances in Civil Engineering Materials (ACEM) and Materials Performance and Characterization (MPC).

ACEM is focused on the properties and performance of materials such as concrete, asphalt, steel, polymers and polymeric composites, and wood for use in pavements, bridges and buildings, and other related applications. MPC covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of the structure, processing, properties, and performance of materials used in mechanical, transportation, aerospace, energy systems, and medical devices. These materials include metals and alloys, glass and ceramics, polymers, composite materials, textiles, and nanomaterials.

Both journals are peer-reviewed, and are currently soliciting original technical papers, review papers, and technical notes. To learn more, visit or

ICC Provides Disaster Response Resources
To help jurisdictions in the case of a natural disaster, ANSI member and accredited standards developer the International Code Council (ICC) and has established a Disaster Response Network. The network provides a database of volunteers available to assist with building damage assessment, inspections, and other code-related functions. Jurisdictions can request a list of appropriate volunteers, or can call the ICC Disaster Support Hotline at 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5222.

To learn more, click on the “Disaster Network” tab under the “ICC Important Information” header on the ICC homepage.

National Emergency Number Association Applies for Accreditation as ANSI ASD
ANSI member the National Emergency Number Association (NENA, the 9-1-1 Association), has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD), with the proposed scope of standards activities that support 9-1-1 emergency call routing and data management. These 9-1-1 service systems include transport networks, hardware, software, data, and personnel and operational policies and procedures.

For questions or to offer comments, contact NENA’s Roger Hixson (202.618.4405; Please submit your comments to NENA by September 17, 2012, with a copy to

NENA’s proposed operating procedures are available here.

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