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Did You Know?

New York, Jan 23, 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.

NEMA’s Standard to Help Detect Distortion in Magnetic Resonance Images
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) – a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – has published MS 2-2008, Determination of Two-Dimensional Geometric Distortion in Diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Images (MRIs).

Produced by the Magnetic Resonance Section of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) - a division of NEMA – MS 2 is a test standard that helps measuring and reporting two-dimensional geometric distortion in an MRI system.

For more information, please visit NEMA’s website.

EPA Joins Five Organizations to Form Water Efficiency Coalition
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and five other organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form the Water Efficiency Research Coalition.

Aiming to improve water efficiency and introduce sustainable plumbing products, applications and processes, the coalition brings together the International Code Council (ICC), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) - both ANSI members and accredited standards developers - the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI), and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE).

Beyond sharing technical, scientific, legislative and regulatory information, the founding members will make the outcomes available to the entire plumbing industry, in order to ensure that water saving measures are widely implemented.

For more information about the coalition, please contact the ICC’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Resource Center.

NFPA Opens Blog for Firefighters
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is now hosting the Fire Service Today Blog, a source of information that mainly targets firefighters.

Written and updated by the Public Fire Protection division of NFPA, the blog provides news, information, and commentary on fire-service related topics.

For more information or to subscribe to the blog, please click here.

ASSE Releases New Lockout/Tagout Standard
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published ANSI/ASSE Z244.1-2003 (R2008), Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methods.

Targeting safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals who often cope with the unexpected release of hazardous energy, this standard establishes performance objectives for procedures, techniques, designs and methods that protect personnel where injury can occur through machines, equipment, or processes.

The Associated Air Balance Council Applies for Accreditation
The Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI accredited standards developer.

With forty years of work in the field, AABC is seeking to develop standards for the testing, adjusting, and balancing of HVAC systems, mostly for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.

Comments to AABC should be offered by February 16, 2009, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

For additional information or to submit comments, please contact: Mr. Ray Bert, AABC’s director of communications (telephone: 202.737.0202; fax: 202.638.4833;

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

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