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Did You Know?

New York, Jul 10, 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.

ITA and NAM to Host Workshop on Voluntary Standards System
The International Trade Administration (ITA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have announced an upcoming workshop on the U.S. standards system. The Voluntary Standards System: A Dynamic Tool for U.S. Economic Growth and Innovation will be held on July 24, 2009, at the Department of Commerce auditorium in Washington, DC. The event will address the importance of public-private partnerships and the voluntary standards system in maintaining U.S. global competitiveness while contributing to global economies.

The event is open to all interested stakeholders. An invitation and agenda are available. For more information or to register, contact Twanna Duncan (, 202.482.1465) by July 17.

New ISO Standard to Assure the Safety of Sailors
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has introduced ISO 10862:2009, Small craft – Quick release system for trapeze harness, a new standard improving the safety of sailors.

The trapeze is worn around the waist and attached to the upper mast by a wire, allowing sailors to hang outside the boat; ISO 10862:2009 prescribes a quick release time for the wire, also requiring that the device be operable with only one hand and with the full finger neoprene gloves used in cold environments.

ISO 10862:2009 was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 188, Small craft, in collaboration with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN)'s Technical Committee (TC) 162, Protective clothing including hand and arm protection and lifejackets.

The ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to TC 188 is the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ICC, AIA and ASTM Partner to Develop Green Construction Code
In an effort to reduce energy usage and the carbon footprint of commercial buildings, the International Code Council, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) initiative, with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASTM International participating as cooperating sponsors.

Aiming to develop a regulatory framework for new and existing commercial buildings, IGCC: Safe and Sustainable By the Book, will focus on building design and performance, also taking into account already developed systems, guidelines and standards.

The development timeline will include public meetings of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC), a public comment period on the initial draft, and a final draft to be available in 2010. For more information, please visit the IGCC web page.

ASME IShow Prizes Three Universities for Innovation
The 2009 ASME Innovation Showcase (IShow), held on June 14, has assigned the first prize to a student team at Rice University for a medical device assisting physicians and health care professionals to evaluate muscle injuries in the hand.

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won second place for a solar thermal system for areas without access to electricity. The University of Cincinnati received third place honors for a medical device that allows surgeons to perform multiple procedures via a single incision in the abdomen of patients.

The IShow competition was founded by ASME, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, to promote technical design innovation, business skills, and entrepreneurship.

AIIM Offers Webinars on Content Management
AIIM, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is conducting a series of free webinars to educate on issues and trends affecting the enterprise content management (ECM) industry.

The next session — ECM, Security, & the Cloud - A Hybrid Approach — will teach how to formulate hybrid strategies to keep information safe behind a firewall while providing access to that information.

To find the full schedule and learn more about a specific webinar, please visit AIIM online.

ASQ Presents Quality for Life™ Web Site
The American Society for Quality (ASQ), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched the Quality for Life™ web site to share stories and recognize quality professionals who make a positive impact on the lives of others at work, home, or through volunteer efforts.

Besides using the interactive map to locate featured stories, ASQ members can submit their own stories and videos or make comments on posted materials.

For more information, please visit Quality for Life™ online.

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