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New Report Released on Standards Trends and Market Size
Outsell Inc., a private research and advisory firm, has published a new report directly addressing standards-related issues of interest to many members of the standardization community in the U.S. and abroad. The report, Standards: Market Size, Share, Forecast, and Trends, provides useful information about the global marketplace for standards, including the full size of that market, its expected growth, and key trends that are expected to impact the market for standards going forward. It also includes a number of tables and charts detailing noteworthy data, such as an overview of the use of standards and specifications across different U.S. industries and a listing of the top 30 standards providers by revenue as of 2012.
The full report is available for purchase in PDF format on Outsell's website. ANSI members and affiliates are eligible to receive a 30% discount on the cost of the report; to take advantage of this savings, purchasers should enter promotional code 293483 after adding the report to the site's online shopping cart.
National Restaurant Association Collaborates with Illinois Restaurant Association on Food Safety Law Education
ANSI organizational member the National Restaurant Association has announced a new partnership with the Illinois Restaurant Association that is intended to educate food service operators about recent important changes to Illinois state law regarding their food safety training.
Under an amendment to the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, training providers issuing personnel certificates to food safety handlers in the state of Illinois must be accredited by ANSI. The new requirement, which applies to all businesses primarily engaged in the sale of food for immediate consumption, such as restaurants and nursing homes, licensed day care facilities, hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities, is expected to improve public health and strengthen food safety measures statewide. Beginning July 1, 2014, food handlers in Illinois who do not hold a food service sanitation manager certificate must receive training in basic food safety handling principles from ANSI-accredited training programs that meet the American National Standard (ANS) ASTM E2659, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, within thirty days of employment and must renew this training every three years.
The National Restaurant Association's Food Protection Manager Certification Program is accredited by ANSI and is recognized under Illinois state law as an accepted training and certification program for fulfilling the requirements of the new law. For more information about the National Restaurant Association's Food Protection Manager Certification Program and other related work, visit www.servsafe.com.
February 19 SES Webinar on Mobile Device App Standards
ANSI member and accredited standards developer SES - The Society for Standards Professionals will hold a webinar focused on standards for apps used on mobile devices. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. eastern. The webinar will be led by Mark Terzigni, project manager, technical resources, for ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contactors' National Association (SMACNA). During the webinar, Mr. Terzigni will look at the development and implementation of new apps, as well as the upsides and downsides of offering apps, among other related topics.
The webinar is offered free of charge to all current SES members and costs $50 for non-members. Under a reciprocal agreement between the two organizations, ANSI full member technical contacts are considered SES members and can take part in the webinar at no cost. More information on the webinar is available on SES's website.
CSA Group Applies for U.S. TAG Accreditation for Mining
CSA Group, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 82, Mining, and has requested approval to serve as the TAG Administrator. The proposed TAG will 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 more information, or to offer comments on the application, please contact Peter Ehlers, CSA Group program manager ([email protected]; 216-524-4990), with a copy to [email protected]. The comment deadline is February 17, 2014.