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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.

Upcoming Conference Guides U.S. Exporters and Businesses Entering Global Markets
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) is holding a conference for U.S. exporters and businesses looking to expand to global markets, offering roundtable talks, networking opportunities, and one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from Europe and procurement specialists from large OEMs.

Discover Global Markets: U.S. Manufacturers to Europe & Beyond will be held on September 18-20, 2017, in Cleveland. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

- Meet OEM procurement staff from companies including Boeing, Rockwell Automation, and Telephonics

- Learn about international partners and export potential for specific products

- Network with other attendees through an event mobile app

- Attend talks from business and trade experts from NASA, McKinsey Global Institute, and Siemens

Use special code ANSI to receive a $50 discount on registration. Learn more and register on the event website.

ASSE Changes Name to American Society of Safety Professionals
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that it will change its name to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) following a vote by its membership, with 74 percent of voting members in favor of the change.

The new name will take effect in June 2018, during the organization's Safety 2018 Professional Development Conference and Exposition in San Antonio. ASSE will also unveil a redesigned website in coordination with the name change.

"Our members have clearly voiced that the American Society of Safety Professionals better reflects our diverse membership," said ASSE president Jim Smith. "Engineers made up our entire membership when we were formed, but today the occupational safety and health profession encompasses many disciplines."

Learn more in the ASSE news item.

BPI Launches Updated Website for Industry Professionals
The Building Performance Institute (BPI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched a revamped website designed for professionals in the home performance industry.

BPI's homepage allows users to tailor what content they see by indicating if they are a homeowner or industry professional. The organization has redesigned the pages for industry professionals, with content including:

- BPI's certifications and programs, with a table to compare options

- Information for veterans, such as reimbursement for exam fees under the G.I. Bill

- Locator tool to find professionals, contractors, and test centers

- News, job postings, and webinars

The new site is also mobile and tablet responsive, to better assist contractors working while in the field. Access the site at and learn more in the BPI news item.

DRI White Papers Connects Disaster Risk Reduction and Business Continuity Management
DRI International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a white paper that provides a roadmap between the disaster risk reduction and business continuity management communities.

"Mapping the Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management from DRI International to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction" guides organizations in integrating common approaches in the two areas. The roadmap is based on DRI's business continuity management standard and the Sendai Framework, an international document adopted by United Nations member states that sets priority actions to reduce the risk of disasters.

"DRI International believes that adoption of the Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management can make a major contribution to the effective delivery of the Sendai goals," said DRI chief knowledge officer and Future Vision Committee chair Lyndon Bird, co-writer of the document.

Learn more and access the free white paper through DRI's news item.


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