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Did You Know?

New York, May 15, 2009

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.

GMA Endorses Private-sector Food Safety Strategies in New Report
In a new report, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) describes three measures on food safety effectively undertaken by the private sector. According to Prevention, Partnership and Planning: Supply Chain Initiatives to Improve Food Safety, they include: Product Recall Modernization; Accredited Third Party Food Safety Audit Certification; and Modernization and Implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for Food.

In particular, the second measure suggests that policymakers and industry leaders rely on auditors from certification bodies accredited by organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

By increasing the number of qualified auditors and developing universal food safety auditing criteria, industry leaders and policymakers will foster competent reviews of particular facilities, avoid duplicative controls, reduce costs, and encourage wider use of third party certification throughout the food industry.

For more information, please visit GMA online.

NFPA Publishes Report on Vacant Building Fires
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, recently released the Vacant Building Fires report.

According to this study, vacant building fires rose two percent, from 31,900 in 2005 to 32,700 in 2006; significantly, data from the Census Bureau show that the number of vacant housing units hit three consecutive peaks in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

With the weakened economy causing the numbers of vacant buildings to climb, fires in these structures have become a matter of increasing concern, as such fires have time to grow, provoking massive damage, before they are discovered and reported.

ASME Issues Position Statement on CO2 Emissions in the Energy Sector
ASME, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has recently issued Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions, a paper recommending a set of policies and technologies towards a sustainable atmospheric concentration.

Written with an engineering point of view, the document suggests that joint governmental, industrial, technological, and societal approaches need to be used to address CO2 emissions.

ASME’s recommended policy framework includes: progressive mandatory targets within energy sectors; a flexible approach on emission limits differing by economic sector; investments in research to develop cost-effective, renewable, and efficient energy technologies; development of enhanced infrastructures for the implementation of such technologies; and investments in education and training of the workforce.

Suggested technology goals include: revolutionize the carbon footprint of electricity production; reinvent transportation; promote more sustainable industry; and empower innovation.

For more information and to download the document, please visit ASME online.

The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) Earns U.S. TAG Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved the accreditation of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the new ISO Technical Committee (TC) 247, Fraud Countermeasures and Controls. The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) will serve as TAG Administrator.

A certifier of graphic security product providers, NASPO has the mission to safeguard the quality and safety of these products and related technologies.

To receive additional information or to offer comments, please contact: Mr. Michael O’Neil, NASPO’s executive director (telephone: 202.587.5743; fax: 604.921.9171;

The Associated Air Balance Council Gains Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

With forty years of work in the field, AABC is seeking to develop standards for the testing, adjusting, and balancing of HVAC systems, mostly for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Ray Bert, AABC’s director of communications (telephone: 202.737.0202; fax: 202.638.4833;

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