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NFPA Makes Move to Harmonize hydrogen separation distances.

June 17, 2009

At the June 2009 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Session, NFPA 52 was amended by the acceptance of comment 52-34, which would replace Table 9.3.1.3 with the appropriate table extracted from NFPA 55. This action is supported by the Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC), which met prior to the NFPA Technical Session and then proceeded to speak in favor of the amendment. The technical committee responsible for NFPA 52 must now be balloted on this meeting action. Read More

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FAA Summit said to reaffirm industry safety commitment.

June 17, 2009

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) issued a statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "call to action" summit to address airline safety and pilot training. James C. May, ATA President and CEO, said that the meeting of industry stakeholders reaffirmed a collective commitment to safety, which includes maintaining high standards of professionalism. He was also optimistic in looking forward to working with the government in its review of pilot training programs. Read More

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AWWA kicks off ACE09 in San Diego.

June 17, 2009

During ACE09, thousands of water industry professionals will explore future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available to water community. Event features professional program consisting of 100 sessions, with 500 presentations given by more than 1,000 experts, plus 15 in-depth workshops. Additional highlights include Opening General Session, International Seminars, and Best of the Best Taste Test. Read More

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ANSI marks U.S. celebration of Intl. Accreditation Day.

June 17, 2009

Each year on June 9, IAF and ILAC invite representatives to mark occasion with celebrations honoring role accreditation plays in global standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI marked occasion by announcing that Geoff Bilau, senior writer for IAPMO Group, is winner of U.S. Celebration of International Accreditation Day paper competition. His paper, "How Accreditation Could Have Prevented an Outbreak of SARS," applied accreditation concepts to real-life scenario of worldwide concern. Read More

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Accreditation Process enhances toy safety in the U.S.

June 17, 2009

ANSI, coordinator of the US standards and conformity assessment system, is accepting applications for certification bodies seeking accreditation according to requirements defined under the Toy Industry Association (TIA) Toy Safety Certification ProgramSM (TSCP). Competence will be assessed based on International Standard ISO/IEC Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems, associated IAF Guidance Document, and program requirements for the TSCP. Read More

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AEM to offer solutions-oriented selling techniques.

June 17, 2009

AEM is conducting another session of its High Performance Sales College, from July 13-14 in 2009, at the Rosemont Holiday Inn Express in Chicago. In addition to providing Continuing Education Credits, results-oriented program delivers practical, industry focused strategies designed for sales representatives and district managers in the equipment manufacturing industry. Participants examine effective value-added selling techniques to create more effective customer partnerships. Read More

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HITSP Begins Harmonization for EHR use in clinical research.

June 17, 2009

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) has begun work to identify global standards to support core research data element exchange, specifically a common set of information that can readily be exchanged between EHRs and clinical research systems. As administrator of HITSP, ANSI appreciatively acknowledges 35 organizations and 6 US federal agencies that have contributed their financial support to make this work effort possible. Read More

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Congress introduces NEMA environmental design initiative.

June 17, 2009

Environmental Design for Electrical Equipment Act of 2009, H.R. 2420, was introduced by U.S. House of Representatives on May 14, 2009. NEMA applauds Congressman Michael C. Burgess for sponsorship of EDEE Act, said President/CEO Evan R. Gaddis. Act establishes uniform federal standards on use of various compounds in certain electroindustry products (similar to RoHS directive), specifies exemptions for certain applications, and discourages proliferation of inconsistent state laws/regulations. Read More

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ANSI testifies to House on green marketing practices.

June 17, 2009

ANSI testified at It's Too Easy Being Green: Defining Fair Green Marketing Practices, before U.S. House of Representatives committee. Hearing addressed consumer interpretation of green marketing claims and role of FTC in establishing/enforcing guidelines for fair and effective green marketing practices. Testimony was given by Scott Cooper as well as James Kohm, M. Scot Case, Urvashi Rangan, and Dara O'Rourke. Others discussed strategy to address next steps to facilitate green marketing systems. Read More

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CAR Chairman to give keynote address at SPE conference.

June 17, 2009

At SPE's 11th annual Automotive TPO Global Conference, Dr. David Cole, chairman of Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will give keynote speech titled "The Auto Future: A New Beginning?" Cole was formerly director of OSAT, served 2 terms on board of SME, and has conducted research on restructuring North American auto industry and related trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human-resource requirements. Conference is to be held October 4-7, 2009. Read More

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Oil & Gas Producers supports use of ISO standards.

June 17, 2009

A new issue of the Standards Bulletin, published by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), encourages the oil and gas sector to reference International Standards, developed by ISO, that address vital materials, equipment, and offshore structures. The new suite is being developed based on existing specifications, OGP member documents, and other industry input to address drilling, production, transport by pipelines, and processing of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons. Read More

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Webinars to focus on product safety and compliance.

June 17, 2009

Webinars of 3 top-rated presentations from AEM's Product Safety and Compliance seminar will be offered June 24, July 9, and August 12. They will examine machinery regulatory and product standards implications of doing business in global markets; Tier 4 engine emissions regulatory compliance, focusing on safety considerations; as well as CE Mark requirements for shipments to and sales in EU countries. Presenters are from the US Department of Commerce, Caterpillar, Cummins, and Deere. Read More

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ISO COPOLCO advocates consumer views in standardization.

June 17, 2009

At 31st meeting, ISO Committee on Consumer Policy ratified its existing charter to serve as advocate for consumer concerns in standardization. COPOLCO also encouraged ISO members to participate in COPOLCO and to support active participation of consumer organizations in COPOLCO's work. At same time, committee acknowledged contributions that public interest organizations can make by providing information and expertise on subjects of concern to consumers and COPOLCO. Read More

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ISO Committee holds plenary meeting in Seattle.

June 17, 2009

From June 8-12, 2009, ISO Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies featured over 170 representatives from 23 countries. ANSI President/CEO S. Joe Bhatia offered opening remarks highlighting significance of nanotechnology standardization activities, noting that, based on May 2008 Woodrow Wilson Center listing, 800 nanotechnology-based products are on market. Various key ISO/TC 229 leaders also spoke and working/task groups met to progress standards development work in different areas. Read More

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Reviewers Sought for draft of rotodynamic pump standard.

June 17, 2009

The Hydraulic Institute (HI), under the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in the review process for the draft of updated Standard ANSI/HI 9.6.3, Rotodynamic Pumps for Allowable Operating Region. The standard describes the effects of operating a rotodynamic (centrifugal or vertical) pump at rates of flow greater or less than the rate of flow at the pump's best efficiency point (BEP). Read More

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Conference addresses transportation emissions solutions.

June 17, 2009

From October 6-8, 2009, The American Filtration and Separations Society is hosting its fourth Bi-Annual Emissions Solutions in Transportation Conference in Ann Arbor, MI. There will also be 2 separate tracks with short courses Monday, October 5 dealing with Basics of Air and Liquid filtration as well as 4 additional courses. This conference is designed for engineers and mangers with vested interest in current and new technologies as well as future needs in emission solutions. Read More

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Tap Water Taste Test is to take place on a new date.

June 16, 2009

The "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test has been moved to Tuesday, June 16 at the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09) at the San Diego Convention Center. Twenty competing North American utilities represent the most recent winners of AWWA section competitions. Participants include the 2008 "Best of the Best" Winner, Louisville Water Company, Toronto Water, and New York City's Department of Environmental Protection. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee is working on new standards.

June 16, 2009

Subcommittee E05.11 on Fire Resistance, part of ASTM International Committee E05 on Fire Standards, is developing proposed standards for test methods on vented construction systems, furnace exposure on test samples, and tunnel fire resistance. All parties interested in working on fire resistance standards are encouraged to join in the activities of E05.11 in developing these and other proposed standards. ASTM welcomes and encourages participation in its standards development. Read More

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User Feedback contributes to proposed E2600 revisions.

June 16, 2009

Six months after the Spring 2008 publication of ASTM standard E2600, Practice for Assessment of Vapor Intrusion into Structures on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions, the task group that developed it surveyed users to receive feedback on the new standard. Survey results have led to several proposed revisions to E2600 which are being balloted and will be discussed at the task group's October meeting. Revisions addressed clarification as well as technical and legal concerns. Read More

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FMA Members contribute total of $100,000 to summer camps.

June 16, 2009

Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 to support 10 summer camps for 1 yr, while Amada America contributed $40,000 to support 3 camps for 3 consecutive years and CNA Insurance provided $10,000 to fund 2 camps for 1 yr. Funds go toward supporting winners of NBT 2009 manufacturing grant awards. Camps target youth at critical level of secondary education, exposing them to math, science, and engineering principles to learn skills needed by industry workforce. Read More