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UAE National Standards Body Releases Videos Highlighting ISO/IEC JTC 1
Two new videos released by the Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA), the national standards body of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), highlight the work of International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology. The videos offer an inside look into the activities of the JTC 1 Plenary held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), November 15-20, 2014. Jointly hosted by ESMA and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the 29th plenary provided opportunities for review of the committee's progress on key standardization of IT subject areas such as cybersecurity, smart cards, and user interfaces, among other activities.

Created in 1987, JTC 1 works to address the standardization needs of the global ICT industry, speeding the developmental process and the wide deployment of relevant standards. The U.S. plays a leading role in JTC 1, with ANSI holding the secretariat and Karen Higginbottom, director of standards initiatives at Hewlett-Packard, serving as JTC 1's chair.

The videos can be seen at the following YouTube links: Radio Offers an Expert Look at Holiday Decoration Safety
An online audio interview on featured industrial hygienist Monona Rossol, president and founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. Ms. Rossol discussed the potential hazards of certain Christmas decorations, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's proposed rules about them, and some of the standards that provide safety guidance. She also answered listener questions on topics such as safety and health factors related to burning candles and potential toxicity of certain chemicals.

The free audio download is available here.

APPA Applies to Become an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer
APPA - Leadership in Educational Facilitieshas submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) and proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on APPA-sponsored American National Standards. APPA's proposed scope of standards activity is American National Standards supporting total cost of ownership (TCO) principles for facilities and infrastructure, and for facilities management, applicable to the education sector and as they relate to general administration and management; maintenance and operations; energy and utilities; and planning, design, and construction.

For questions or comments, contact John Bernhards, APPA associate vice president (703.542.3848; [email protected]). Please submit any comments to APPA by January 5, 2015, with a copy to [email protected]. You may view or download a copy of APPA proposed operating procedures from ANSI Online during the public review period at


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