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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.

NFPA and FM Global Team Up for Fire Safety Education
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and ANSI member FM Global have partnered up on an initiative to fulfill requests of 80 fire departments across the country for fire safety education materials geared toward children and others during Fire Prevention Week.

Through an online tool created by NFPA, fire departments can create "wish lists" of needed materials, which are then purchased by businesses, community members, and others. The effort is part of NFPA's Sparky's Wish List: Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities, which is helping local fire departments facing tight budgets obtain life-saving educational materials.

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NFPA is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Sparky's Wish List is named for Sparky the Fire Dog®, NFPA's official mascot and spokesdog. FM Global works with many of the world's largest organizations to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk.

ASQ Offers Free Webinars to Improve Healthcare Safety and Organization
ASQ, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is offering a series of webinars intended to help hospitals improve patient safety, increase innovation, and align physicians with organizational strategy and customer relationships. The presentations focus on the real-world best practices of a number of healthcare facilities and organizations that received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2011.

Content will be of particular interest to senior leaders, governing board members, practicing physicians, quality directors, clinicians and researchers, and clinical and administrative leaders. Registration for the first of the series of webinars is now available at

SCTE Seeks Presentations for SEMI Forum 2013 on Facilities, Power, and Energy Efficiency
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is seeking proposals for presentations to be given at its Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) Forum 2013, scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Presentations may cover a wide range of topics, including facilities design and data center powering, balanced cloud vs. private operations, ISO 50001, and power supply efficiency.

Interested presenters should submit a one-page abstract (300 words max), including the name of author/presenter, company, mailing address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address, to [email protected]. Selected participants should expect to complete a PowerPoint presentation and supporting paper (where applicable) for the event. The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 16, 2012. For a list of acceptable topics and more information, visit

SCTE is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information.

SPI Applies for Accreditation as Administrator for Proposed U.S. TAG to ISO TC 270
SPI - The Plastics Industry Trade Association has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 270, Plastic and Rubber Machines, and a request for formal approval as TAG Administrator. The TAG to ISO TC 270 intends to operate using the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

For additional information, or to offer comments, contact David Felinski, standards program coordinator, SPI - The Plastics Industry Trade Association, P.O. Box 690905, Houston, TX 77269-0905; 832.446.6999. Please submit any public comments by November 5, 2012.


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