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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

SES to Host Webinar on Conformity Assessment
A webinar hosted by SES - The Society for Standards Professionals will focus on Conformity Assessment - Threat or Menace. It will be led by Gary Schremmp, director of global regulations and safety investigations for Dell, and will take place March 18 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT.

These webinars are offered free of charge to all current SES members and ANSI full member technical contacts; participation costs $50 for non-members. Additional information is available on the SES website.

NFPA and Domino's Spread Fire Safety Messages with Pizza Boxes and Free Pizza
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and audited designator, has teamed up with Domino's to spread fire safety tips to consumers in a unique way: printed on pizza boxes. The boxes remind customers to change their smoke alarm batteries as they change their clocks for daylight savings time.

In addition to the special boxes, the campaign offers customers the potential to win free pizza - but only if their alarms are working properly. Customers who order pizza from participating Domino's locations may be surprised to have their pizza delivered by a fire truck. Firefighters will test the fire alarms in the home, and if all are working properly, the pizza is free. Any faulty alarms will be given new batteries or replaced with working alarms. The campaign is running throughout the month of March.

View NFPA's press release here.

NEMA Announces Free Webinars on Motor Efficiency Regulations
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is hosting free webinars this April on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) motor regulation. The DOE has amended the federal energy code for the efficiency of electric motors, with new regulations taking effect on June 1.

The webinars have been developed by the NEMA Motor and Generator Section to explain changes to electric motors following this new regulation. Attendees will learn about the impact of this amendment to both end users and manufacturers in the U.S. from Rob Boteler, the Section's energy management committee chairman, and John Malinowski, immediate past chairman.

The webinars are scheduled for April 16 at 2:00 EST and April 20 at 10:00 EDT. Registration information will be posted to NEMA's website in the coming weeks. See NEMA's news item for more information.

OPEI Offers Tips for Lawn Mower Safety as Spring Approaches
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a list of safety tips for the use of lawn mowers, particularly when there are children nearby or in the home.

Safety tips include: alerting other people that you are going to mow so that they can supervise children and guide pets away from the area; avoiding going in reverse and approaching blind corners with extreme caution; and storing and locking a mower where children cannot access it. The institute also advises that children never be given rides on mowers, even if the blades are turned off, because it may lead them to approach the mower at other times when it is unsafe.

To read all lawn mower safety tips, see OPEI's news item.

UTMB Becomes ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved ANSI organizational member the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on UTMB-sponsored American National Standards, effective March 4, 2015. For additional information, please contact Lee S. Webster, director, talent and acquisition recruitment, University of Texas Medical Branch, by phone at 409-747-4837, or by email at [email protected].


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