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Did You Know?

New York, Aug 08, 2008

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.

Senator Lieberman Commends Start of Private Sector Preparedness Program
On Thursday, August 7, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman commended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its launch of the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program and called for speed in its implementation.

Based on Public Law 110-53, “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007,” the program will develop voluntary guidelines that businesses can subscribe to “all-hazards business emergency preparedness.” Approximately 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure is privately owned, making private sector preparedness an essential part of our homeland security.

DHS announced on July 31, 2008, that it has retained ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) – a joint partnership of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) – to manage the program. For more information about ANAB, visit

New ISO Standard on Water Safety Warnings
Addressing the need for a standardized system for water safety information, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released ISO 20712-1:2008, Water safety signs and beach safety flags – Specifications for water safety signs used in workplaces and public areas.

Developed in close collaboration with the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) and other experts in the field, the standard is intended for use by owners and operators of aquatic environments and by manufacturers of signs and equipment.

The shape, color, and graphical symbols to be used for the signs are prescribed by ISO 3864-1 and ISO 3864-3 Graphical symbols -- Safety colors and safety signs.

ASHRAE Issues Guidelines for HVAC&R Systems and Assemblies
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, recently issued implementation guidelines for the process used to verify that HVAC&R systems and assemblies meet the owner’s project requirements.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.1, HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process, features the technical requirements for the application of the commissioning process described in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005.

Providing samples of forms and documents, and recommending the adoption of quality-based random inspection procedures, the guide is meant to improve the performance and cost effectiveness of the commissioning process.

New Pennsylvania Law Requires Cigarettes to Meet ASTM Standard
The State of Pennsylvania passed a law against smoking-related fires prescribing that cigarettes sold within its territory comply with E2187, Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes, a standard developed by ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator.

Typically using paper with additional thin bands along the tube, cigarettes that perform well against the ASTM test method are less likely to start fires when left unattended.

The test method - developed by the International Committee E05 on Fire Standards - measures the capability of a cigarette to continue burning and potentially ignite items such as bedding or upholstered furniture.

NEMA Publishes Extruded Dialectric Power Test Method
NEMA, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published ANSI/NEMA/WC53/ICEA T-27-581-2008 Standard Test Methods for Extruded Dielectric Power, Control, Instrumentation and Portable Cables for Test, a standard developed by the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA), also an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

The standard covers electrical, dimensional and physical test methods that are common to the ICEA standards for extruded dielectric power, control, instrumentation and portable cables.

NIST Publishes Updated Guide to Measure Information Security Performance
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released Special Publication 800-55 Revision 1, Performance Measurement Guide for Information Security, an update to the guide that is widely used for the evaluation of security controls involving information systems and information security programs.

The update provides additional program-level guidelines for measuring information security performance in support of organizational strategic goals. It also aligns performance measurement with the security controls in NIST SP 800-53, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems.

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