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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.

New NFPA Online Community Connects Standards Professionals Worldwide
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and audited designator, has developed a new online community where professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and view the latest information on codes and standards.

NFPA Xchange is free for all users and open to the public. Content is submitted by subject matter experts, NFPA staff, and community users, with a range of topics including fire protection systems, emergency response, electrical safety, and more.

"NFPA invites the public to join this free community and share their expertise, discuss emerging issues in their industry, and identify the latest trends in their field," said Jim Pauley, NFPA president. "We hope NFPA Xchange will become an invaluable resource for all community users and that they participate and engage with each other, and with us on a regular basis."

Learn more in the NFPA news item and access NFPA Xchange here.

ASSE Podcast Provides Weekly News in Occupational Safety and Health
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, offers its stakeholders a free, brief weekly podcast about the latest news in occupational safety and health.

This week's three-minute podcast outlines how safety can impact stock prices. Listeners will also learn how to stay safe in a stalled elevator. Previous podcasts, which are archived and can be freely accessed, cover a range of topics including preventing workplace violence, new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, confined spaces in construction, and a workplace safety index.

Click here to view all available podcasts.

UL Mobile App Provides Information on Global Hazardous Locations
UL, an ANSI member and audited designator, has released a new mobile application that informs industry stakeholders on global hazardous locations.

The UL HazLoc app includes types of explosives, methods of explosion protection, and markings required by standards and national or regional regulators. It also offers a "Find Your Standard" feature that locates national, regional, and international standards based on five simple data points.

"Navigating the complex landscape of global hazardous locations is a challenge for industry stakeholders," said Jeff Smidt, vice president and general manager for UL's energy and power technologies division. "This new mobile app streamlines the information providing design, production, installation, inspection, and regulatory compliance information in one trusted source - putting HazLoc technical expertise at the stakeholders' fingertips."

The app can be downloaded for free through iTunes and Google Play. To learn more and access the app, see the UL news item.

TEDx Talk to Detail the Global Importance of Standards for Clean Cookstoves
Ranyee Chiang, chair of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 285, Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions, is slated to speak at the upcoming TEDxPlaceDesNations in Geneva.

Ms. Chiang's TEDx Talk will outline ISO's work with the global community in contributing to the market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions, and how this work makes a difference in the lives of millions worldwide.

TEDxPlaceDesNations will bring together 11 speakers who have had a powerful impact on people's lives around the world. In addition to Ms. Chiang, attendees will hear from a refugee ally, a 21st century abolitionist, a satellite humanitarian, and more. The event will be webcast live on February 11, 2016.

To find out more about Ms. Chiang's work and learn how to view the live webcast, see the ISO news item.

CPLSO Approved as ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved ANSI organizational member the Crane Power Line Safety Organization (CPLSO) as an ANSI accredited standards developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on CPLSO-sponsored American National Standards (ANS), effective January 27, 2016. For additional information, please contact Hugh Pratt, CPLSO secretary ( 44 7879692989; [email protected])


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