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Did You Know?


New York, Jan 14, 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.

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association Announce Merger
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), an ANSI-accredited standards developer, and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA), an ANSI member, have merged to create the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Expected to significantly benefit the interests of HVACR manufacturers, the new entity will continue the work of both associations to establish industry standards and certify the performance of heating, cooling and commercial refrigeration equipment.

AHRI will speak with one voice for a community that represents ninety percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating and refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in the nation.

CEA Announces New Education Initiative to Ensure Safe Installation of TV Sets
The Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Product Safety Working Group (PSWG) has released a new set of TV tip stability educational flyers that will help consumers to use and install their televisions safely. Available for both cathode ray tube TV sets and flat panel displays, these flyers provide a valuable consumer safety resource for manufacturers and retailers alike.

An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, CEA has established a Product Safety Working Group in order to develop the industry’s positions on product safety to be submitted to government bodies and standards developers.

To participate in the activities of the working group or to request customizable flyers for use with products, please contact Megan Hayes, senior manager for technology and standards (mhayes@ce.org). The TV tip stability flyers are also available for download here.

New Video Answers the Question "What is NIST?"
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new video feature - “What is NIST?” - describing the activities the federal agency carries out to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

Comments from NIST’s own researchers introduce the laboratories where scientists and engineers work side by side with industry and university colleagues to create the measurements, standards and technologies that improve the nation's products and services. Through its programs NIST helps small manufacturers stay competitive and promotes performance excellence among U.S. industries, service companies, and educational and health care institutions.

A quick overview demonstrates the wide variety of sectors that rely on NIST's research: surgeons can calibrate their instruments in the operating room; financial transactions can happen securely; NASA can carry its operations on Mars; and the global positioning system can provide advanced navigation.

To see the video “What is NIST?” please click here.

Green Seal, Inc. Seeks Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
Green Seal, Inc., a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

Covering a diverse range of products and services, Green Seal sets environmental leadership standards that will reduce the environmental impact of a product or service throughout its lifecycle, including its manufacture, use and disposal.

To obtain a copy of Green Seal’s proposed operating procedures or to offer comments, please contact: Cheryl Baldwin, director of science and standards, Green Seal, Inc. (202.872.6400; cbaldwin@greenseal.org). Comments on the proposal should be submitted by February 18, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298; Jthompso@ansi.org).

To view or download a copy of Green Seal’s proposed operating procedures, please click here.

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