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Did You Know?


New York, Oct 03, 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.

CPSC Official Recognizes Toy Safety Certification Program During Public Meeting
During the September 4th Public Meeting of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gib Mullan, assistant executive director of compliance, made positive reference to the Toy Safety Certification Program (TSCP), a public-private partnership to develop technical and international policy guidance regarding conformity assessment solutions for toy safety.

“The Commission has to come up with a system for marking products as compliant with third party testing certification requirements and this is something that has been thought about a lot by some of the private sector organizations,” explained Mullan. “[The Toy Industry Association] spent a tremendous amount of time and effort this year in developing a thoughtful approach to accreditation that was to be voluntary – and in many ways some of our work mirrors what they have done.”

The TSCP was created by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) with the help of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), consumer advocates, conformity assessment experts, toy companies, and retailers to improve toy safety, restore consumer confidence, and implement the new federal law requiring that manufacturers have their toy products tested by a qualified lab and certify that they meet safety standards.

Last month, ANSI and TIA signed a Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) making ANSI the official accreditor of product certification bodies under the Toy Safety Certification Program. Under the terms of the MoU, ANSI’s assessment of the competence of product certification bodies will be determined by requirements in the international standard ISO/IEC Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems, the associated International Accreditation Forum Guidance Document, and program requirements for the TSCP. [see related article]

ASSE Applies for Creation of U.S. TAG to ISO/PC 241 and Administrator Position
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Project Committee 241, Road Traffic Safety Management System, and a request for approval as TAG Administrator.

ASSE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a professional safety organization with over 32,000 members that manage, supervise and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education.

For additional information on the proposed TAG or to offer comments, please contact Mr. Timothy R. Fisher, director of practices and standards for ASSE (847.768.3411, Tfisher@ASSE.org) with a copy to the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (jthompso@ansi.org). The deadline for comments is October 27, 2008.

NEMA and NSC to Host Webinar on Safety/Warning Signage
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) have announced plans to host a webinar on signal words and color combinations used in safety signs that comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. How to Warn—An Overview of the ANSI Z535 Safety Standards to Meet OSHA Compliance will be held on October 21, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. CDT, coinciding with World Standards Week.

NEMA and NSC are both ANSI members and accredited standards developers. To learn more or to register for the webinar, visit http://www.nema.org/events/ANSI-Z535.cfm.

NFPA Establishes $6 Million Endowment for Fire Protection Research Foundation
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and audited designator, has announced the establishment of a $6 million endowment for the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF). FPRF manages consortium-funded research on a variety of fire safety issues. An affiliate of NFPA, the Foundation works in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world.

For more information on the Foundation or to view its research reports, visit www.nfpa.org/foundation.

AHAM Introduces New Brand
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has introduced a new brand that emphasizes the Association’s reputation as an influential, contemporary association representing a strong and innovative home appliance industry. The brand includes a new logo and tagline, Leadership > Knowledge > Innovation. AHAM's core services include government relations, technical services, product certification, business data and communications.

AHAM, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a trade association for members of the home appliance manufacturing industry, including manufacturers of home appliances and the companies who supply and service these manufacturers. For more information on AHAM’s new brand, see the Association’s news item.

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