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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.

InfoComm Changes Name to AVIXA
InfoComm International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has changed its name to the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA).

The new name encompasses the organization's mission to be an industry hub while promoting market growth beyond the traditional definitions of professional AV. Member companies of AVIXA have evolved to offer audiovisual technology solutions that create outcomes and meet customer requirements in a growing cross section of markets, with membership including experiential designers, content creators, IT companies, and many other users of AV. The organization's new name represents its membership and the integrated experiences that members provide for customers.

"This is an exciting time for our industry and for the advancement of audiovisual solutions across a wide range of customer experiences," said David Labuskes, executive director and CEO of AVIXA. "Thanks to the innovative, creative efforts of so many members, partners, and their customers, we have collectively grown far beyond what InfoComm International could do to promote AV around the world. AV experiences have become so ubiquitous, and they've come to include so many more technologies, and touch so many more personal and professional lives, that we felt compelled to embrace a new identity that more accurately reflects this industry's excitement and welcomes a far more diverse community of professionals."

Read more in the AVIXA news item.

UL Publishes White Paper on Data Sync and Charger Cable Safety
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an ANSI member and audited designator, has posted a free white paper on safety issues related to power connectivity.

Powering and Charging Safety for Data Sync and Charger Cables explores the causes and consequences related to these safety issues, and summarizes the results of recent safety testing that UL conducted on ICT charging cables and connectors. The document also provides information on the assessment methodology behind UL 9990, Outline of Investigation for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Power Cables, and UL's ICT power cable safety certification program.

To access the free white paper, visit UL's website.

ASSE Includes Microlearning as E-learning Initiative
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that their e-learning offerings will be expanded to include microlearning modules. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the organization introduces the basics behind microlearning in a recently published FAQ article.

Microlearning is the delivery of educational content in the form of short, standalone modules. Every module addresses one specific learning objective, with videos, text, images, or audio to instruct learners in five minutes or less. Many find it convenient and efficient, as users can access a module through a phone or tablet and complete it in just a few minutes. They can locate a module for specialized information on a topic without having to complete a full course that includes other, undesired subject matters.

ASSE welcomes input on topics for modules that would be helpful for OSH professionals. See the ASSE article to learn more about microlearning and how to contribute to this initiative.

NIBS to Release Report on Natural Hazard Mitigation
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), an ANSI member, has announced the upcoming publication of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report, a document that highlights the benefits and savings of mitigation strategies as they relate to safety and the prevention of property loss and disruption of day-to-day life.

The report, which updates a 2005 report of the same name, will be unveiled at a luncheon on January 11 as part of NIBS' Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo. It will outline mitigation strategies and highlight the measures that governments, building owners, developers, and tenants can take to reduce the risks presented by natural hazards.

Learn more, including information on how to register for the January 11 luncheon, on the NIBS website.


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