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Playing it Safe: Building Safety Week 2008

New York, May 06, 2008

Building Saftey Week 2008 logo As part of a continuing effort to promote building safety awareness and initiatives worldwide, the International Code Council (ICC), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is sponsoring Building Safety Week 2008. Set for May 5-11, 2008, this celebratory week focuses on the theme of “Building Safety: Where You Live, Work, and Play.”

From building codes and technology to preparing for fires, natural disasters, and emergencies of all kinds, building safety is critical in protecting families and communities. Building Safety Week furthers the goals of building safety by providing lessons on building safety for children, informational brochures on safety and building codes, and tips on smoke alarms, electrical cords, and more.

Standards relating to building safety are abundant and diverse, particularly when it comes to protecting consumers in their homes. ANSI member and accredited standards developer the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issues numerous standards related to home safety, including NFPA 720-2003: Recommended Practice for the Installation of Household Carbon Monoxide (CO) Warning Equipment. This American National Standard contains requirements for the selection, installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment that detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in family living units.

Standards for building safety also protect consumers at play. The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, issued ANSI/NSPI 1-2003: Public Swimming Pools, an American National Standard that provides specifications for conventional swimming pools, pools for competitive aquatic sports, and wading pools.

Building safety standards also benefit construction workers on the job. One such standard, issued by ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), is ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2001: Scaffolding Safety Requirements. This American National Standard establishes of safety requirements for the construction, operation, maintenance, and use of scaffolds in construction.

As World Standards Day (WSD) 2008 approaches, ANSI is eager to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of standards in the building industry. The theme for WSD 2008 is “Intelligent and Sustainable Buildings,” focusing on the development of commercial, government, and residential buildings that are accessible, safe, and sustainable. In today’s global trade environment, major construction projects often require coordination among many different countries, including important decisions about which building and safety codes apply. This year’s U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day will spotlight the importance of standards and conformity assessment programs in ensuring the safety and sustainability of the built environment.

For more information, visit the Building Safety Week 2008 website.