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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Vacuum Cleaners to Emergency Procedures for Construction Sites

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Emergency Procedures for Construction Sites
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), "Before the start of every demolition job, the demolition contractor should take a number of steps to safeguard the health and safety of workers at the job site. These preparatory operations involve the overall planning of the demolition job, including the methods to be used to bring the structure down, the equipment necessary to do the job, and the measures to be taken to perform the work safely." To assist in that effort, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently published ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011, Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites.

ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011 applies to those emergency procedures involving fires, collapses, hazardous spills, and other emergencies that can endanger workers; emergency rescue of injured or ill workers or other persons, or of injured workers unable to rescue themselves; on-site provision of first aid and emergency medical care; evacuation and transportation of injured or ill workers to appropriate emergency medical facilities; pre-planning and coordination of an emergency plan with emergency medical facilities; and training on emergency procedures/plans for workers and other groups. It also provides guidelines for the development of emergency procedures for construction sites. The new ANS is part of the ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction Package, a suite of safety standards for the construction and demolition industry.

ASSE, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is committed to protecting people, property, and the environment. Its more than 32,000 members manage, supervise, and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government, and education.


Jana Zabinski

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