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Did You Know?


New York, Oct 16, 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.

ASQ Launches Career-Focused Podcasts
The American Society for Quality (ASQ), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced a new series of podcasts to provide career transition guidance to quality professionals.

The podcasts feature tips and strategies from ASQ members with experience in the career transition process in fields such as automotive manufacturing, telecommunications, and healthcare.

The first two segments of the three-part podcast series are now available on ASQ’s website. The third is expected to be released in early November. For more information, see the ASQ news release.

National Restaurant Association Offers Flu Season Tips for Restaurateurs
The National Restaurant Association, an ANSI organizational member, has set up a webpage guiding restaurant owners in properly addressing the risks of the flu season.

The page features an NRA webinar recording, H1N1: What You Need to Know About the Influenza Pandemic, links to relevant information from the Centers for Disease Control, and a frequently asked question section. Restaurant operators are advised to maintain a healthy work environment, communicate openly and protectively with employees, and stay informed about government and industry pandemic preparedness activities and plans, among other things.

To learn more, visit the NRA’s H1N1 Flu: Resources for Restaurateurs page.

DTA Initiates Dental Health Promotion
The Dental Trade Alliance, an ANSI organizational member, is promoting dental health through its new Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait awareness program. The campaign will encourage all members of the dental team to communicate positive messages to patients about the importance of seeking and accepting recommended oral care treatment.

The campaign features two new websites – a site for dental professionals and a site for consumers. In these sites, stakeholders can find free downloadable dental marketing materials, brochures and posters, relevant press releases, and more.

For more information, visit DTA’s news release.

CEA Study Indicates That Nearly 40 Million Americans Are Teleworking
Research by the Consumer Electronics Association, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, indicates that nearly two in five employed U.S. online adults, totaling 38 million, work from home at least one day a month.

The Telework and the Technologies Enabling Work Outside Corporate Walls study also revealed that 53% of teleworkers plan to spend at least $925 over the next year on technology products to help them work from home.

Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis at CEA, will discuss the study and the benefits of teleworking in further detail in a webcast on Thursday, October 29. To register for the webcast or for more information, please email Steve Kidera at skidera@CE.org. To learn more about the study, click here.

Association of Millwork Distributors Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

The largest U.S. representative of side hinged exterior door (SHED) distributors, prehangers, and component manufacturers, AMD seeks accreditation of its testing method for SHEDs and related components.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Jeff Burton, director of codes and standards, Association of Millwork Distributors (telephone: 727.372.3665; JBurton@AMDWEB.com).

Intertek Submits Application for ISO/TC 243 and Approval as TAG Administrator
Intertek, an ANSI member, has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 243, Consumer Product Safety, and a request for approval as TAG Administrator.

The proposed TAG intends to operate using the model operating procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

For additional information, or to offer comments, please contact: Ms. Xiao Chen, assistant vice president, Intertek (630.481.3130; fax: 630.481.3101; xiao.chen@intertek.com). Please copy psa@ansi.org on all transmittals.

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