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Did You Know?


New York, Jul 09, 2010

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.

ASHRAE iPhone App Facilitates Calculating Ventilation Rates
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has developed an iPhone application with an interactive calculation spreadsheet related to ASHRAE’s ventilation standard.

The ASHRAE Standard 62.1 app performs the outdoor air calculations found in the Ventilation Rate Procedure and the interactive 62MZCalc spreadsheets contained in the ASHRAE User’s Manual for Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. It can be used on Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

For more information, see the ASHRAE news release.

ISO Releases New Edition of 9001 for Small Businesses
A new edition of the successful handbook ISO 9001 for Small Businesses has just been jointly published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

In plain language and through examples from a wide range of sectors, the handbook aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises to implement ISO 9001, which gives the requirements for quality management systems. The document, now in its third edition, is one of the most successful handbooks produced by ISO, with publications in many countries including Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Uruguay.

For more information, see the ISO news release.

ACS Offers Podcasts on Chemistry Solutions to Global Challenges
The American Chemical Society (ACS), an ANSI organizational member, has several free podcasts available to all interested stakeholders detailing global challenges and the solutions made possible through chemistry.

Topics covered by the series include diagnosing pneumonia to promote public health; decomposing plastics using ultraviolet light, heat, and fungi; an inhalable powder that vaccinates against the measles; and more.

To learn more, see the ACS Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions page.

GREENGUARD Virtual Home Tour Educates Viewers on Indoor Air Pollution
A new interactive, animated house tour offered online by GREENGUARD, an ANSI member, informs viewers on sources of and solutions to indoor air pollution.

The tool allows viewers to virtually walk through a family home, including a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, den, bathroom, master bedroom, and nursery, as well as a basement that's undergoing renovation. Each room is furnished with common household products and materials that are known to emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The user can then mouse over the various products to learn more about their chemical emissions and discover easy solutions.

To learn more, see the GREENGUARD press release.

Approval of Accreditation as an ANSI ASD and Transfer of Maintenance of ANS
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved B11 Standards Inc. as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) under operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards, effective June 29, 2010. The maintenance of all American National Standards and registered projects currently maintained by Accredited Standards Committee B11, Safety Requirements for Machine Tools, will be transferred to B11 Standards Inc., effective immediately.

For additional information, please contact David Felinski, vice president of B11 Standards Inc. (703.771.6957; dfelinski@b11standards.com).

Approval of Accreditation as an ANSI ASD
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved Mobility Golf (MG), a full ANSI organizational member, as an ANSI ASD under its operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards, effective June 29, 2010.

For additional information, please contact Richard Thesing, president of Mobility Golf (650.269.6889; jrthesing@yahoo.com).

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