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Did You Know?

New York, Sep 04, 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.

ASTM International Offers Webinar on Cost of Operating Food Service Equipment
ASTM International, a member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced that it will hold a free webinar on the operating costs of food service equipment. The webinar will be held on September 17 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about two new free tools that have been developed by food industry experts to project the total operating cost of food service equipment. These tools will help users to organize, assemble, and analyze information to answer critical business challenges and make realistic product comparisons beyond the initial cost.

Visit the ASTM website to register. For additional information, contact Christine DeJong, ASTM International (610.832.9736;

ASHRAE Releases Position Paper on Role of HVAC&R Systems in Transmitting Infectious Diseases
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a position document that addresses the impact of ventilation on disease transmission. The Airborne Infectious Diseases Position Document refers to diseases for which ventilation is important for either transmission or control, guiding the control strategies that are available for implementation in buildings.

New data on disease transmission point to HVAC&R systems as possibly contributing to the spread of influenza and other diseases. One conclusion reached in the document is that airborne transmission through building ventilation systems can be significantly reduced by provision of adequate air filtration and pressurization.

To read the full position document, click here. For more information, see the ASHRAE news release.

IEEE Standards Association Provides New Tool for Industry Collaboration
IEEE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is now offering a new program to facilitate industry collaboration through its Standards Association (IEEE-SA).

The Industry Connections program will help companies working in a specific technical area to quickly and cost-effectively come together in their collaborative efforts in the earliest stages of the standards-development lifecycle. With these simplified logistics, collaborators can concentrate on their core purpose, building industry understanding and consensus in new technical areas, developing roadmaps for the creation and usage of consensus documents, and assessing the need for standardization, and make decisions on most appropriate form and venue.

For more information, see the IEEE news release.

New ISO Standard Addresses Fire Safety Design of Built Environments
A new International Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) aims to save lives and cut costs associated with fires in built environments.

ISO 23932:2009, Fire safety engineering – General principles, provides general principles for engineers to assess the level of fire safety for new or existing built environments. The standard reviews how fire safety engineering analyses and assessments should be conducted, and includes links to more specific standards, both published and under development.

This standard was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 92, Fire safety, subcommittee (SC) 4, Fire safety engineering. The ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to this TC and SC is ASTM International.

For more information, see the ISO news release.

IEC Supports Upcoming International Lighting and Energy Efficiency Conference
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has announced its support for International Commission on Illumination (CIE)’s March 2010 conference in Vienna. CIE 2010, Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency, will provide a forum for experts from all over the world to meet together and discuss the many technologies now being developed for light and lighting.

Representatives of the IEC will participate in an International Scientific Committee that been put together specifically for this event. Major lighting manufacturers from across the globe are expected to attend this conference, which is expected to be the first in a series of similar events.

The conference will take place from March 10-14, 2010. For more information, see the IEC news release.

ATIS Announces Pandemic Planning Recommendations
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a list of industry-chosen best practices to ensure service provision and business continuity in the event of a pandemic outbreak. This Pandemic Checklist includes over fifty voluntary steps that organizations can take to promote the safety and health of the nation’s communications networks in the event of an emergency.

The document was developed by ATIS’ Network Reliability Steering Committee (NRSC). The NRSC considered all elements of a pandemic’s possible impact, from overloads on 911 call centers to bandwidth problems as virtual networks become congested.

The Pandemic Checklist is publicly available here. For more information, see the ATIS news release.