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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.

NFPA and ASIS Meeting Addresses Preparation and Planning for Active Shooter Incidents
ANSI members the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ASIS International recently held a meeting on active shooter incidents, allowing industry leaders to collaborate, share ideas, and examine gaps in the knowledge of these events.

Participants represented security, fire, law enforcement, EMS, and life safety areas, as well as professional associations and government. Attendees discussed existing resources, operational solutions, building design and construction, and more, with a focus on preparation and planning for the possibility of such incidents. Overall, attendees agreed that solutions for active shooter planning and preparation must be tailored to individual settings, taking into account their various needs and resources.

"By bringing together members of the security and fire safety communities, ASIS and NFPA are taking important steps to define strategies that will protect people as well as physical assets," said Robert Solomon, division manager, Building Fire Protection and Life Safety, NFPA. "Gathering the best practices from stakeholders and influencers will allow us to formulate necessary guidance so that individuals and organizations can mitigate, survive, and recover from these incidents."

Learn more and view a summary of the meeting's discussions in the NFPA news item.

AHRI Releases Report on Refrigerant Management Programs
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a research project on refrigerant management and recycling programs implemented in key regions of the world.

AHRI 8108: Review of Refrigerant Management Programs characterizes the programs, evaluates their effectiveness, and determines best practices for the U.S. landscape. Program areas included Australia, Canada, California, the European Union, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States; some information is also provided on activities in China and Brazil.

Read about the report and access it in full through the AHRI news item.

ATIS Launches New Website
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Standards (ATIS), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched a redesigned website.

The updated site improves navigation and search capabilities for a more engaging user experience. Visitors can also access the ATIS White Paper Center, a hub for thought leadership publications on topics such as the future of 5G, M2M and the IoT, the all-IP transition, and improving North American wireless emergency alerts.

Read more in the ATIS news item and visit

AAPM to Co-sponsor Webinar on Presenting a Winning Poster
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine, an ANSI member, is one of several sponsors for an upcoming webinar on poster presentation. Poster Presentation Success: How to Design, Prepare and Present a Winning Poster will guide participants in creating posters that lead to strong networking alliances and job leads.

Topics of discussion will include how to develop a value statement and talking points, how to engage your audience, and how to use social media to promote your research endeavors.

The free webinar will be held February 18 from 2:00-3:00pm EST. To register, click here.

New ABA Program Promotes Safe Banking Education for Seniors
ANSI member the American Bankers Association (ABA) launched a free program to help bankers educate seniors and their caregivers on safe banking and elder financial abuse.

Safe Banking for Seniors provides bankers with event materials, lesson plans, media outreach tools, and best practices that they can use to guide their clients. Areas of discussion include identifying and avoiding scams; protecting assets by preventing identity theft; choosing a financial caregiver; and acting as a responsible financial caregiver.

To learn more about the program and how banks can register, see the ABA news item.


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