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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Electronic Benefit Transfer to Aircraft Fueling

New York, May 16, 2008

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow: Electronic Benefit Transfer
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), each month nearly 26 million Americans participate in the food stamp program. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a system that allows food stamp recipients to pay for products using a debit card, has been adopted nationwide since 2004. ANSI X9.58-2007, Financial Transaction Messages – Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) – Food Stamps, a standard developed by Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc. (ASC X9), ensures that all EBT transaction information is exchanged properly.

The technical standard provides all parties involved in EBT transactions for food stamps with specifications for exchanging financial transaction messages between an acquirer and an EBT card issuer processor. It specifies message structure, format and content, data elements and values for data elements used in the food stamp program.

ASC X9 is an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer with a membership which includes vendors, insurance companies, associations, retailers, regulators and others in the financial services industry.

Aircraft Fueling
The position of an aircraft fueling agent carries numerous serious responsibilities: conduct reliable daily safety inspections, maintain quality control, perform repairs, transport fuel and liaison with local fire departments. The work of ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) helps to ensure the safety of aircraft fueling agents, all ground crew and passengers through the publication of NFPA 407, Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing, 2007 Edition.

NFPA 407 safeguards people and property against the fire hazards of aviation fuels. The standard applies to the fuel servicing of all types of aircraft using liquid petroleum fuel. The document outlines vital safety provisions for procedures, equipment, and installations during fuel servicing of aircraft. NFPA 407 provides requirements for aircraft fueling, fueling hoses, fuel servicing vehicles, self-service aircraft fueling, and the rapid refueling of helicopters. It also includes provisions for non-driven hydrant carts.

The standard does not apply to in-flight fueling, fuel servicing of flying boats or amphibious aircraft, or draining or filling of aircraft fuel tanks incidental to aircraft fuel system maintenance operations or manufacturing.

NFPA is a membership organization with an international scope which provides and advocates consensus codes and standards, research, training and education to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards.

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