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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Construction Site Safety to Elevator Inspectors

New York , May 27, 2004

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online 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:

Construction Site Safety
Whether in urban areas, along highways or near waterways, construction projects can pose a threat to public safety. To protect the public around construction sites, ANSI member the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has published American National Standard, A10.34-2001, Protection of the Public on or Adjacent to Construction Sites. This consensus standard establishes comprehensive safety guidelines for employees, contractors, building owners, and rescue personnel to protect the public from construction hazards in the air, on land, or at sea.

A10.34-2001 establishes necessary elements of a public hazard control plan, covering such issues as cutting, welding, forming and pouring concrete, blasting or pile-driving, hoisting, shoring and other activities that can jeopardize public safety. The standard also covers preventing falling objects from harming the public by using barricades or nets; guarding the public from cranes, motor vehicles, barges or other machinery and equipment; alerting the public of loud impact noises from construction equipment; making sure that walkways near construction sites are both accessible and safe; properly storing hazardous materials and substances; assessing structures before drilling or trenching takes place; and developing emergency action plans at sites under construction.

Elevator Inspectors
Do you ever wonder about the signature on inspection certificates posted in the elevators we use nearly every day? The qualifications and duties of personnel engaged in the inspection and testing of elevator and escalator equipment are covered by specific standards. An ANSI member – the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – develops criteria for persons performing these duties. ASME does not approve, certify, rate, or endorse any item, construction, proprietary device, or activity.

ANSI/ASME QEI-1-2004, Qualification of Elevator Inspectors, includes requirements for the qualification, duties, and responsibilities of inspectors and inspection supervisors engaged in the inspection and testing of elevators, platform and stairway chairlifts, escalators, moving walks and dumbwaiters. ASME also offers a QEI accreditation program that covers organizations that certify elevator inspectors and inspector supervisors in accordance with the ASME QEI-1 standard.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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