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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.

ASIS International and RIMS Collaborate on New Standard for Risk Assessment
ANSI Accredited Standards Developers ASIS International and RIMS, the risk management society™, have jointly released a new American National Standard (ANS) for enterprise-wide risk management. ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.1-2015, Risk Assessment, provides a framework and process for organizations to establish an ongoing program for evaluating risks and conducting individual risk assessments. The standard complements ISO 31000, Risk management - Principles and guidelines, and IEC/ISO 31010, Risk management - Risk assessment techniques, by providing a blueprint for the risk assessment process.

"Managing risk is about managing uncertainties in order to achieve strategic, tactical and operational objectives. This includes identifying opportunities, minimizing potential losses, and building a more resilient organization and supply chain," said ASIS Global Standard Initiative Commissioner Dr. Marc Siegel. "The ASIS/RIMS Risk Assessment Standard provides a blueprint for addressing enterprise-wide risk at all levels and regardless of the source."

ASIS International is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. RIMS, the risk management society™, brings networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 11,000 risk management professionals who operate in more than 60 countries.

AIIM Releases Report on Frequency and Severity of Data-related Incidents
AIIM, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a report on data-related incidents in organizations over the last 12 months, revealing their prevalence and impact on operations and finances.

"Information Governance - too important for humans" indicated that 51% of organizations have had data-related incidents over the past 12 months, with 16% reporting a data breach. 41% of respondents feel their email management is "chaotic," while 22% have seen a negative financial impact on their organization related to cases involving electronic records.

"The sheer volume of data in business is a major asset for most organizations," said Doug Miles, chief analyst for AIIM. "But without effective Information Governance, that data also carries a potentially huge risk, both in terms of reputation and the bottom line. Lots of organizations are talking about information governance, but far less are actually doing it properly - that has to change in 2016."

To learn more and access the free report, see the AIIM news item.

Report Shows 2014 Was Safest Year Ever for Aluminum Industry
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report indicating that 2014 was the safest year in the aluminum industry since tracking began in 1994. This includes recordable workplace safety incidents as well as incidents that resulted in lost or restricted work.

The Aluminum Association, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, recognized this achievement in a recent news item, and reaffirmed their long-standing commitment to safety programs including workshop series, training, and research on worker protection.

"I applaud the entire industry for reaching this historic milestone and continuing to improve the safety of aluminum workers in the United States," said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association. "This is just one more sign of the aluminum industry's commitment to maintaining a culture of safety - a culture I'm proud to say the Aluminum Association has helped foster for many years."

Read more in the Aluminum Association news item.

NFPA Offers Safety Tips for Hot Holiday Gift: Hover Boards
In response to several recent reports on fire incidents associated with hover boards, the ANSI member and audited designator National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released fire safety tips for users of these devices.

Safety suggestions include:

  • Do not leave a charging hover board unattended.

  • Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.

  • Stop using the hover board if it overheats.

  • If you notice leaking fluids, excessive heat, odor, sparking, or smoke from the hover board, stop using the device and call 911. If safe to do so, move the hover board outside and away from anything that can burn.

Read all of the NFPA's hover board safety suggestions here.

AAMI Offers Constituents Ten Holiday Gifts
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has given its stakeholders ten gifts for the holidays.

The digital offerings include a guide for how to establish a local healthcare technology management association, a frequently asked questions reference on wireless issues in the healthcare environment, a white paper on risk management for medical devices in the postmarket setting, and a leadership development and career guide for healthcare technology management professionals.

To "open" these gifts and see the remaining six presents, visit the AAMI news release.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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