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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Email Management to Electric Clocks

New York, Oct 21, 2004

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. The latest two selections follow:

Email Management
As ubiquitous as email has become in modern business, many organizations are still unsure how to manage and archive the volume of electronic messages that are an indispensable part of daily operations. The Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has developed ANSI/ARMA 9-2004, Requirements for Managing Electronic Messages as Records. This standard addresses the managerial issues surrounding the creation, maintenance, and disposition of e-mail messages within the context of a formal records management program and is expected to be a valuable resource for anyone responsible for managing e-mail and other electronic messages.

This publication defines requirements for developing a corporate policy for managing information content in any type of text-based electronic message or communication such as e-mail or instant messaging. It also includes recommended provisions for an electronic message records management policy useful throughout the life cycle from message creation to final destruction or disposition.

Household Electric Clocks
Daylight Saving Time will end this year on October 31 when (with only a few exceptions) clocks across the U.S. "fall back" to Standard Time at 1:59 a.m. More often than not, people will press a few buttons to reset the time, rather than wind a mechanical dial, and ANSI member and accredited standards developer Underwriters Laboratories has updated an American National Standard on the electric clocks we rely on to measure time throughout the year.

ANSI/UL 826-2004, Household Electric Clocks, covers electrically operated household clocks having an input rating of not more than 30 watts and 250 volts to be used in ordinary indoor locations in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70. These requirements do not cover clocks intended primarily for industrial or commercial installations, clocks that form part of a master clock system, outdoor clocks, time stamps, job card recorders, timers, and similar time-indicating and -recording appliances, nor do they cover illuminated clocks intended for use as portable electric lamps or for other illuminating purposes.

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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