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Did You Know?


New York, Mar 06, 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.

New ISO Brochure Suggests Integrated Use of Quality Standards
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published Selection and use of the ISO 9000 family of standards.

Guiding managers on the integral use of all ISO 9000 family standards, thus multiplying the benefits for their organizations, the brochure includes actual examples from various manufacturing or service outfits.

The document also provides an overview of the ISO 9000 standards and demonstrates how they can foster continual improvement and business excellence when used in their integration with one another.

The brochure was authored by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 176, Quality management and quality assurance, which is responsible for developing and maintaining these standards. The ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to TC 176 is the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For more information and to download the file, please access the ISO website.

National Safety Council Reports Reduction in Traffic Deaths
According to data released by the National Safety Council (NSC), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, motor vehicle deaths in 2008 achieved the lowest rate since the first publication of its annual Injury Facts statistical report in the 1920s.

The estimated annual death rate from motor vehicle-related crashes in 2008 was 13 deaths per 100,000 people, a 9 percent decrease from 2007; the estimated annual mileage death rate for 2008 was 1.38 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, a 4 percent decrease from 2007; the estimated cost of crash-related deaths, injuries and property damage also decreased.

Reflecting a recent change in the nation’s driving culture, the lower rate also results from other factors, such as public education and improved vehicle safety features, as well as greater visibility and enforcement of traffic safety laws.

TIA and CEA Partner on EIATRACK Tool for the Electronics Industry
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), both ANSI members and accredited standards developers, have partnered to help their members keep pace with everchanging environmental laws and regulations.

Designed and owned by TIA, EIATRACK is a subscription-based web service that delivers information on product-oriented environmental compliance for the electronics sector in more than one hundred global jurisdictions, including each of the United States.

Featuring a team of legal and technical partners that cut across the disciplines of law, environmental policy and science, the EIATRACK resource lets users track compliance issues through subject updates and reports across jurisdictions.

For more information, please contact Ellen Farmer, TIA's environmental program manager (efarmer@tiaonline.org) or CEA's Laurie Kulikosky (lkulikosky@CE.org).

American Society of Civil Engineers Presents Online Series for the Engineering Industry
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched Insights, a podcast series on civil engineering.

Covering issues of relevance for the engineering profession, speakers identify challenges facing the nation’s infrastructure and discuss on possible solutions for the industry to develop.

To learn more about the series or to listen to a podcast, please visit ASCE online.

North American Security Products Organization Applies for TAG Accreditation
The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) has submitted an application for accreditation and a request for approval as Administrator for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the upcoming ISO Technical Committee (TC) 247, Fraud Countermeasures and Controls.

A certifier of graphic security product providers, NASPO has the mission to safeguard the quality and safety of these products and related technologies.

For additional information, or to offer comments, please contact: Mr. Michael O’Neil, NASPO’s executive director, (telephone: 202.587.5743; fax: 604.921.9171; mikeo@naspo.com).

Comments to NASPO should be offered by April 6, 2009, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298; Jthompso@ansi.org).

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