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ANSI Webinar on NSTC Subcommittee covered related agenda/goals.

May 26, 2010

ANSI webinar, held on May 19, 2010, discussed agenda and goals of newly formed National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Standards. Event included more than 30 in-person and 85 webinar participants, and was moderated by Mary McKiel. Attendees discussed need for more effective agency engagement with private sector, and topics such as intellectual property rights and more were covered. Agency is accepting related comments before Friday, June 4, 2010. Read More

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NTSB offers safety recommendations to EASA.

May 26, 2010

NTSB recommendations include A-10-88 which requires small/medium flocking bird certification test be conducted using lowest expected fan speed, for minimum climb rate. Recommendation A-10-90 covers checklist/procedure for dual-engine failure of turbine-powered aircraft at low altitude, while A-10-89 addresses need for changes in large flocking bird certification test standards. Pilots ability to ditch aircraft is covered in A-10-91. Other recommendations include A-10-92 through -95. Read More

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Financial Reform Bill Passage commended by ATA.

May 26, 2010

ATA applauded U.S. Senate and leadership of Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln for passing "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010," legislation which will stop speculation on Wall Street. James C. May, ATA President and CEO, called the passage "an enormous step forward in stopping Wall Street's manipulation of energy prices." If provisions are retained in conference, legislation will help lower fuel costs for all Americans and let supply and demand dictate energy prices. Read More

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ASQ presents inaugural social responsibility medal.

May 26, 2010

ASQ presented first Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility to Joanne Adrienne Vincenten during its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Vincenten works for European Child Safety Alliance and is being awarded the medal for her understanding of social responsibility; her success in community development, human rights, and consumer issues; and her passion for work that results in social and environmental improvement. Read More

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Event Schedule released for World Standards Week 2010.

May 26, 2010

ANSI published full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2010, which will be held September 20-24 in Arlington, VA. Annual event enables members of standards and conformity assessment community to come together in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Notably, events include several presentations and discussions as well as receptions, banquet ceremony, luncheons, and forums. All events will be held at Crowne Plaza National Airport Hotel. Read More

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Workshop addresses emergency evacuation for disabled persons.

May 26, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel has released agenda for final workshop in its summer series on emergency preparedness for persons with special needs. Titled Emergency Evacuation Operations, final workshop will cover standards development for emergency planning and contingencies for evacuation needs and concerns of persons with disabilities. This includes localized building evacuations as well as widespread evacuation. Read More

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ANSI Accreditation Courses are open for registration.

May 26, 2010

Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop introduces standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes. Discussions focus on understanding standard's requirements and its benefits. Introducing ASTM E2659-09E1, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop will cover requirements for developing education/training course that has an assessment at the end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Read More

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PTDA Market Report shows growing U.S. and Canadian sales.

May 25, 2010

According to PTDA's Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturing sales increased for third consecutive month in March. Report shows 5.6% and 18.5% sales rises for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers, respectively. For U.S., sales comparisons between first quarter of 2010 and 2009 still reflect declines. Year-to-date sales are also down 3.4%, while Canadian year-to-year sales rose 7.7%. Also, U.S. manufacturer confidence maintained neutral position for third consecutive month. Read More

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SAE Electric Vehicle Standard addresses utility grid issues.

May 25, 2010

SAE has created J2836/1(TM) - Use Cases for Communication between Plug-In Vehicles and the Utility Grid. It establishes use cases for 2-way communication between electric vehicles and electric power grid, energy transfer, and other applications. Communication requirements are also included for use with utility company load management/rate programs related to charging plug-in electric vehicles. Standard is first of 5 to address electric vehicles and utility programs. Read More

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2010 ACGIH Award Recipients will be honored at expo.

May 25, 2010

ACGIH® will honor its 2010 Awards recipients at AIHce, held May 22-27 in Denver, CO. Herbert E. Stokinger Award is presented for industrial and environmental toxicology contributions, while John J. Bloomfield Award recognizes occupational health hazards work. Meritorious Achievement Award honors long-term contributions to occupational health and industrial hygiene, and William Steiger Memorial Award recognizes efforts for advancement of occupational safety/health. Read More

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AIHA Appoints Mark Nicas editor in chief of journal.

May 25, 2010

AIHA® appointed Mark Nicas, PhD, MPH, CIH, of Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, as editor in chief of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). His duties are to solicit manuscripts from scientists and practitioners as well as establish publication policies and editorial focus of JOEH. Additionally, Nicas said he will "enhance the visibility of JOEH and provide a forum for discussions." Read More

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Tabletop Reservations being accepted for robot conference.

May 25, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 27-29 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, RIA's National Robot Safety Conference XXII will include first public release of draft for R15.06 (2011) Safety Standard. As exhibitors, companies are entitled to bonus coverage on the Robotics Online website with a Product Spotlight at no charge. Other marketing opportunities include complimentary tabletops to qualified members and sponsorships for enhanced exposure. Read More

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IPC Battles for Science and Facts in EU BFR/RoHS legislation.

May 25, 2010

IPC is actively refuting statements, published by Swedish non-governmental organization, that contains information about brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Called incomplete and misrepresentative of electronics industry, "Electronics Without Brominated Flame Retardants and PVC - a Market Overview" contains misleading statements about environmental and health concerns associated with BFRs. In short, it is questioned whether BFRs should be removed just because they can be removed. Read More

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ESFI promotes importance of electrical safety.

May 25, 2010

ESFI is encouraging employers and employees to promote importance of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month and has created the Never Assume Safety Series to address most critical workplace electrical safety issues. Some guidelines include: plan every job and think about what could go wrong; use right tools for job; isolate equipment from energy sources; work on electrical equipment and conductors only when de-energized; and wear protective clothing and equipment. Read More

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First Quarter Industrial Laser Orders down 21% from last year.

May 25, 2010

According to AMT, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in first quarter of 2010 are reported at $51.3 million, a decrease of 21.2% compared to first quarter of 2009. Although value of orders declined, total unit sales increased by 13.6%. Report compiled from 19 manufacturers and distributors also shows declines from fourth quarter 2009. Unit sales of CO2 lasers fell 23.2%, while Nd:YAG orders declined 18.6%. Of 209 total units ordered, 49.3% were configured as laser systems. Read More

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EPA releases draft dioxin report for public comment.

May 25, 2010

EPA's Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity and Response to NAS Comments aims to protect health of American public. Draft contains agency's response to key comments and recommendations in National Academy of Science's 2006 report as well as potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects that may result from exposure. Report will undergo external peer review by expert panel of scientists convened by EPA's Science Advisory Board in July 2010. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices edge up in April.

May 25, 2010

According to May 18 producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department, price of construction materials rose 1.1% in April, marking sixth straight monthly increase. Prices for construction materials are up 5.7% from same time last year. Overall, nation's wholesale prices are down 0.1% for the month, but are 5.7% higher from same time last year. However, core prices, which exclude energy and food, are only up 1% from April 2009. Read More

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PMA May 2010 Business Report shows economic improvement.

May 24, 2010

May 2010 Business Conditions Report shows that out of 129 companies sampled 42% expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months. It also shows 85% of companies forecast incoming orders to increase, which PMA President William E. Gaskin said means industry is headed for significant recovery. Fifty-four percent reported average daily shipping levels are above those of 3 months ago, and percentage of companies with portion of workforce on short time/layoff dropped to 30%. Read More

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AAMA Western Spring Meeting addressed economic outlook.

May 24, 2010

AAMA's 2010 Western Region Spring Meeting on May 5-6 included discussions on current economic outlook as well as updates to California building codes. It began with tour of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where talks were held on trends in building energy efficiency and future ENERGY STAR® criteria. Also discussed at meeting were proposed building envelope criteria for ASHRAE standards 90.1 and 189.1 and update on development of Green and Sustainable Product Certification Program. Read More

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PC Software Piracy Rate in UAE sees no increase in 2009.

May 24, 2010

According to BSA/IDC Global PC Software Piracy Study, installations of unlicensed software on personal computers in UAE remained unchanged at 36% from 2008 to 2009. Despite economic recession, piracy of software on PCs declined in many markets, dropping in 54 economies and increasing in only 19. However, global piracy rate increased from 41 to 43%, largely the result of fast growing, higher piracy markets such as China, India, and Brazil increasing overall software market. Read More