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Did You Know?

New York, Jun 13, 2008

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.

ANSI Petitions to Accredit Crane Operator Certification Programs in California
The American National Standards Institute has petitioned California’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board to be added as an approved accreditor of entities that certify crane operators.

Current California regulations require that crane operators receive certification from agencies that have been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Program, which has been in operation for five years, is seeking permission to accredit these agencies as well.

ANSI will present its case at the public portion of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board meeting to be held July 17, 2008, in Cosa Mesa, California.

ISO Issues Guide for Accurate Measure of Flow Rate in Pipelines
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published a technical report on measuring flow rate in pipelines. ISO/TR 9464:2008, Guidelines for the use of ISO 5167:2003, will help petroleum and gas shippers and producers apply the rules and requirements of ISO 5167:2003, Measurement of fluid flow.

ISO/TR 9464 addresses questions which might arise on the use of ISO 5167, such as calculating upstream from downstream temperature. By applying its rules, users can achieve flow measurement with an uncertainty rate of close to 1%.

ISO/TR 9464 was developed by ISO Technical Committee 30, Measurement of fluid flow in closed conduits, SC 2, Pressure differential devices. The ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to ISO TC 30/SC 2 is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

NFPA Introduces Web-Based Training on Safety for Kids
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), introduced a new online cast of characters – the Uh Ohs – to reach kids with important safety lessons.

Once online, kids can take action to help the Uh-Ohs make smart decisions and stay out of trouble, without crying “Uh-Oh.” Interactive games and activities help children to learn about topics such as fire and burn safety, bike safety, and water safety.

NFPA will promote this game to fire departments and other fire safety educators as a way to protect children from fire and other hazards in their community. For a demonstration and more information, please click here.

NEMA Initiative to Foster Energy-Saving Lighting Upgrades
Aimed at reducing energy use and costs in the five million commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings existing in the U.S., enLIGHTen America is a new campaign of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

“Building owners can save as much as forty percent on their energy bills, green their operations, and get a two-year payback by investing in a modern lighting system with the latest sustainable technology.” said Evan Gaddis, president and CEO of NEMA.

The initiative – also supported by a personal message from the Secretary of Energy, Samuel Bodman – will raise awareness among building owners, operators, and executives who make decisions on lighting upgrades in un-renovated buildings.

Green Seal, Inc. Gains Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of Green Seal, Inc., an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

A provider of environmental certification standards, Green Seal is a non-profit organization promoting the manufacture, purchase and use of environmentally responsible products and services.

For additional information, please contact: Ms. Cheryl Baldwin, director of science and programs, Green Seal, Inc. (telephone: 202.872.6400; fax: 202.872.4324;

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