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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.

RIA Signs Alliances with OSHA and NIOSH
The Robotics Industry Association (RIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has signed an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The alliance was formed to provide OSHA and NIOSH with further technical expertise about robotics; improve awareness of hazards in the workplace related to traditional industrial robots and human robot collaboration systems; and identify areas where further research is needed to reduce workplace hazards.

"The robotics industry has a great track record of safety dating back to 1961 when the first industrial robot was installed," said RIA director of standards development Carole Franklin. "We're trying to make sure every integrator and user of robotics in the country is aware of the best practices described in our R15.06 standard. This new partnership with OSHA and NIOSH will certainly help us in that effort."

Learn more in the RIA news item.

HFES Marks National Ergonomics Month with Free Access to Journals and Proceedings
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is continuing its campaign annual campaign designating October as National Ergonomics Month (NEM). This initiative brings recognition to the work of human factors/ergonomics professionals, highlighting how their work improves quality of life around the world.

Professionals and students across the country are participating in grassroots, community-based activities to mark NEM, providing information and services to the community that introduce the benefits of human factors and ergonomics. Ultimately, HFES seeks to use NEM to introduce 10 million adults to human factors and ergonomics by 2020, promote professional development for its student members, and provide information on the topic to decision-making executives.

In conjunction with NEM, HFES is offering free access to all of its journals and proceedings for a limited time. Click here to register for a free trial. See HFES's NEM website for more information on how to get involved with NEM activities.

MHI White Paper Discusses Skills Gap in Supply Chain Workforce
MHI, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a new white paper through its Career and Technical Education program, in partnership with David DeLong of Smart Workforce Solutions.

Innovative Workforce Solutions: Lessons From the Leading Edge discusses the issues surrounding finding and hiring a skilled workforce in the material handling and supply industry. The paper includes successful case studies of companies and schools that collaborated to identify, train, and hire people to work in the industry. Interested stakeholders can learn about the step-by-step framework that was used to establish these school-company collaborations with successful results.

The white paper can be freely accessed on MHI's website.

CREATe Webinar to Outline Anti-Bribery Management Systems
The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe), an ANSI member, has announced that it will host a webinar in collaboration with Opus on how to protect organizations from bribery through the use of anti-bribery management systems.

The webinar, scheduled for October 24 at 11am ET, will provide an overview of ISO 37001, Anti-Bribery Management Systems, developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Listeners will learn how anti-bribery management systems can benefit their organization, and how to develop a strong anti-bribery culture within their enterprise. The presentation will also cover how to implement effective controls that help stakeholder detect bribery and reduce its incidence through proactive measures.

Click here to register for the free webinar.

IHEA Webinar to Introduce Infrared Heating and Technology
The Industrial Health Equipment Association (IHEA), an ANSI member, will hold a free webinar introducing infrared heating.

The Ins and Outs of IR: Efficient Curing with Infrared will provide listeners with an overview of how infrared heating impacts our daily life. This technology is used in products from toaster ovens to paint curing ovens and has widespread applications across numerous industries.

The webinar will be held on December 7 at 2pm EST. Attendance is free, but registration is required. See the IHEA website to learn more and register.


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