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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.

SES Course to Provide Overview of Standards and Conformity Assessment Fundamentals
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced an upcoming course that will provide a solid foundation on standards and conformity assessment for new standardization professionals.

"Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment: Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today's Professional," is a half-day course and part of SES's 68th annual conference. The course will take place on August 5 from 8:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Le Sheraton Hotel in Montreal. Topics of discussion will include standards developing organizations and stakeholders, the harmonization of standards, tools for standards development, and resources to help standards professionals.

Attendees will earn credits towards the SES Certification program for standards professionals.

Read more on SES's website and register for the conference here.

Aster Global Receives ISO 14065 Accreditation as Transfer from ESI
Aster Global Environmental Solutions is a new organization formed by Environmental Services, Inc. (ESI) employees Janice McMahon and Shawn McMahon, who have purchased the Carbon and GHG Services division of ESI. ANSI/ANAB accreditation for Greenhouse Gas Validation/Verification Bodies has thus been transferred from ESI to Aster Global.

The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation program accredits organizations providing third-party validation and verification of greenhouse gas reductions and removals, and operates according to ISO 14065:2013, Greenhouse gases - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition.

"Through our constant desire to learn as well as educate, we have built a reputation around the world as thought leaders in the carbon sequestration, validation, and verification community," said Ms. McMahon. "Now, we are excited for the opportunity to serve you via our new entity, Aster Global Environmental Solutions, Inc."

Learn more on Aster Global's website.

SAE Webinar to Discuss Space Exploration Plans for the Moon and Mars
SAE International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced a new webinar to be presented by its Tech Briefs Media Group.

"The Next Giant Leap: Back to the Moon and On to Mars" will cover the lunar Gateway and lunar objectives, including telerobotic and crewed exploration of the Moon, as well as NASA and its partners' initiatives to send humans back to the Moon by 2024 and to establish a sustainable presence there in the years following. Presenters from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, NASA, and Timken will introduce how the collaboration of government, commercial partners, and international allies supports this mission.

The free webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 7, at 12:00 EDT. Click here to learn more and to register.

ASSP Publishes Steps for Creating Safer Roadway Work Zones
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, offers stakeholders a list of four steps that improve highway work zone safety.

The tips are:

  • Develop a traffic control plan based on an understanding of the regular traffic flow of the area, and including advance warning and transition areas
  • Implement protective safety measures such as a barrier between motorists and workers, electronic signage, and rumble strips
  • Improve worker visibility with high-visibility safety apparel, illumination plans for night work, and specific positions for flaggers
  • Use intrusion alert technologies so that workers have time to react and get to safety, with alarms or alerts that reduce injuries and fatalities

Learn more information about each step in the ASSP news item.

Open Applications Group Applies for Accreditation as U.S. TAG to ISO TC 154
Open Applications Group, Inc. has submitted an application for accreditation for a new proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 154, Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration, and a request for approval as TAG Administrator. The proposed TAG intends to operate using the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. TAGs to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO.

To obtain a copy of the TAG application or to offer comments, please contact James A. Wilson, president and CEO of Open Applications Group, Inc. (816.516.8847; [email protected]). Please copy [email protected] and submit your comments by August 19, 2019.

International Code Council (ICC) Acquires NTA, Inc., Announces New Corporate Campus

The International Code Council (ICC), ANSI member and accredited standards developer, recently announced that it has acquired NTA Inc., a leading provider of testing services, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review and code evaluation. NTA currently serves residential and commercial builders, code officials, manufacturers and supplier throughout the building industry.

"NTA joining the Code Council will bring their exceptional testing capabilities to our suite of services," said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. "This acquisition helps us to better fulfill our building safety mission and serve our members and clients."

As it expands its service offerings, NTA, Inc. recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new corporate campus in Bryan, Texas. The campus is set to bring up to 60 new jobs to the area over the next five years, and it will consist of a large testing lab, training facility and administrative offices.

Read more about the acquisition and new corporate campus in ICC's news releases.

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