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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.

ASSE and CPWR Release Spanish-language Safety Resources for Construction Workers
The American Society of Safety Engineers, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has teamed up with CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training to release 52 free guides on health and safety information for construction sites in both English and Spanish.

The Safety Toolbox Talks collection was first published in English two years ago by CPWR. ASSE has collaborated with CPWR to translate the documents into Spanish, making them accessible for a greater audience. The talks promote a safety culture in the workplace with information on case studies, questions for discussion, and site-specific actions. Areas of discussion include biohazard safety, eye protection, and confined spaces, among many more.

"Making content that has proven useful among English-speaking construction workers available for Spanish-speaking at-risk workers is imperative to truly improve workplace safety," said Michael Belcher, ASSE president. "We are committed to reduce injuries and deaths on the job that disproportionally affect Latino workers and this is the first step to tackle this issue. Partnering with CPWR gives us the opportunity to create useful tools and improve the content and the means in which workers are approached."

Read more and access the free Safety Toolbox Talks in the ASSE news item.

ASTM and ICC to Host Delegation of GSO Officials for Training Program
ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, and the International Code Council (ICC), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, will host a delegation from the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) this April.

Activities will include visits to the ASTM, ICC, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) offices; meet with engineering firms and manufacturers to discuss standards and codes; visit government agencies that oversee code enforcement; and more.

ASTM and ICC are coordinating these activities as part of their three-year partnership for the Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project. This initiative supports efforts in the Gulf region to promote economic growth, water conversation, building safety, materials management, and energy efficiency.

See more in the ASTM news item.

Upcoming SES Webinars Address Standards Training and Standards in Academic Curriculum
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced two upcoming webinars for the standards community.

Standards Training for New Hires, Grizzled Veterans, and Their Management will provide an overview of the history of IT standardization, as well as some tips for success in consensus standards development. The webinar will feature speaker Michael Hogan, the standards liaison for NIST. It will be held on Wednesday, March 16 from 1:00-2:30pm ET.

The Integration of Academic Research and Standards - Benefits for Both Communities will address the benefits and challenges of integrating standards into academic curriculum. Attendees will hear about case studies that demonstrate success in this integration from speaker Stephen Elliott, who serves as director of the International Center for Biometric Research and sits on the ANSI Committee on Education. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 1:00-2:30pm ET.

AIM Webinar Highlights the Importance of Standards in Business Development
AIM, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has produced a webinar on the impact that standards development has on business, and how it can have an impact on a business's success or filature.

The Relevance of Standards Development in Business Todayoutlines why business stakeholders should care about standards, and why they can do to have a positive impact that will continue to the success of their initiatives.

The webinar is freely available on AIM's website.

AHAM White Paper Outlines the Benefits of Connected Home Appliances
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a white paper on the potential benefits and concerns surrounding connected home appliances.

Home Appliance Connectivity: Limitless Potential explains the difference between smart, Smart-Grid enabled, and connected home appliances. The paper details the convenience of home appliances with features like remote operation, automated ordering, remote repairs, and alerts. It also addresses safety standards and privacy precautions associated with these devices.

To learn more and access the white paper, see the AHAM news item.


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