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NTSB publishes agenda for child passenger safety forum.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
December 2, 2010 Scheduled for Dec. 9, 2010, Child Passenger Safety in the Air and in Automobiles forum will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. Three panels will address subjects such as safety risks to children when flying in airplanes or riding in automobiles; best practices for protecting children when traveling; child seat, seat belt, and vehicle design improvements; and identification of effective interventions for increasing use of child seats and seat belts.
PTDA selects Ann Arnott for Executive Vice President.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
December 2, 2010 PTDA Board of Directors unanimously selected Ann Arnott, currently PTDA's VP of programs and services, to succeed Mary Sue Lyon as next Executive Vice President of PTDA, effective Jan 1, 2011. Arnott is integral in managing development and execution of PTDA's strategic plan through association's volunteer committees, task forces, and work groups. She also provides oversight for association's events, including the Industry Summit, Canadian Conference, and Leadership Development Conference.
IPC Webinar to address soldering and assembly defects.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 2, 2010 IPC and U.K. National Physical Laboratory have teamed up to sponsor free webinar on Jan 27, 2011. During webinar, Bob Willis, NPL process defects database consultant, will share common problems, solutions, and ways to investigate root cause of defects. Webinar will cover most frequent defect types; how to monitor process defect levels, record defects for investigation, and coordinate process parameters; and most common wave, selective, and reflow soldering defects.
User's Manual helps meet requirements of Green Standard.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 2, 2010 Published by ASHRAE, IES, and USGBC, Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings provides green building foundation for those who strive to design, build, and operate green buildings. User's Manual is now available to provide explanation of standard's requirements and examples of its application. It contains sample calculations, forms to demonstrate compliance, and references to helpful resources and websites.
North American Electroindustry Business Conditions improve in November.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 2, 2010 Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions climbed 14.5 points in November, rising to 62.5 from 48 one month ago. Meanwhile, EBCI for North American conditions 6 months in the future rose for third month in a row. Index reached 75, its highest mark since May 2010, and is up a cumulative 21 points since August 2010. According to index, 54% of panelists expect to see better conditions by May 2011, compared to only 4% expecting worse conditions.
Portable Traffic Signal Specification is subject of NEMA committee.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 2, 2010 NEMA 3-TS Transportation Section formed technical committee that will plan and draft performance standard specification for portable traffic signal systems. NEMA TS 5 will adapt specifications in NEMA TS 2 Traffic Controller Assemblies with NTCIP Requirements and NEMA TS 4 Hardware Standards for DMS with NTCIP Requirements. Common applications include one-lane work zones where traffic may flow only in one direction at any given time.
EPA Administrator and NAS President announce NRC study.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 2, 2010 At event recognizing EPA's 40th anniversary, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone announced that EPA has commissioned National Research Council study that will help agency build upon its expertise in protecting human health and the environment. Agency has asked NRC to develop the Green Book, a groundbreaking effort to incorporate sustainability into the way the agency approaches environmental protection.
Front-End Loader Safety Standard has been revised by ASABE.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
December 1, 2010 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) completed its revision to front-end loader safety standard ANSI/ASAE S355.4, Safety Practices for Agricultural Front-End Loaders. Specifically, revisions clarify normal operation and travel of loader, loader arm position during transport, and travel locks. References for document were also revised.
Demand for Lighting Equipment rises slightly during 2010 Q3.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 1, 2010 NEMA's Lighting Systems Index (LSI) ticked 0.9% higher on quarter-to-quarter basis during 2010 Q3 and showed 5.6% gain on year-over-year basis. Although LSI has trended higher since hitting cyclical and all-time low during 2009 Q2, aggregate lighting equipment demand remains low. Regarding underlying mix of lighting systems products, growth was seen across all 5 groups. However, only fluorescent ballast shipments registered substantial increase in demand from one year ago.
Hydraulic Institute set to host 2011 Annual Meeting.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
December 1, 2010 Scheduled for Feb 17-22, 2011 Annual Meeting, hosted by Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Pump Systems Matter, will serve as resource for executives, engineers, and marketing professionals who are seeking exclusive educational and networking opportunities. HI technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and electronic data exchange protocols. In addition to variety of guest speakers, event will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable and Supply Chain Managers Roundtable.
ISO Standards announced for safety-related parts of control systems.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
December 1, 2010 ASABE announces 4 international standards that provide guidelines for design and assessment of safety-related electrical and electronic systems on tractors used in agriculture and forestry. ISO 25119 series adopts risk-based design approach while providing means of specifying performance levels for safety-related functions. Intended to reduce specific risks under all operating conditions, standards provide requirements for entire lifecycle of control system, from design through decommissioning.
ANSI offers free education courses for eligible constituents.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 1, 2010 To facilitate U.S. participation in international standardization activities, ANSI will offer 2 free courses in 2011. In Course 208, participants will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGS to ISO and learn how to be an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings. Course 205 will help stakeholders become fluent in all aspects of ISO committee management, as well as increase understanding of international standards development process.
ISO seeks feedback on ISO 9001 via online survey.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 1, 2010 ISO is soliciting input on ISO 9001:2008, the principal document in the ISO 9000 family of standards for quality management systems. Purpose of survey is to determine whether ISO 9001 should be revised, and, if so, how potential revisions can help to maintain standards relevancy for organizations globally. In particular, survey seeks input relating to strengths, weaknesses, and potential gaps; future market needs not currently addressed; and compatibility with other management system standards.
Social Responsibility Guidance cannot be used as certification standard.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 1, 2010 ISO and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) stated that ISO 26000 is not able to be and may not be used for certification. Additionally, both organizations indicated they would take action against claims of certification to said standard. ISO 26000 provides guidance on what social responsibility is and how organizations can operate in socially responsible manner. However, it is not management system standard and does not contain requirements for audits or certifications.
NBIMS Rules of Governance approved by Board of Directors.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
December 1, 2010 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors approved Rules of Governance during its September Board meeting, completing process to set structure for National Building Information Modeling Standard - United States(TM) (NBIMS) Version 2. Specifically, NBIMS Rules of Governance set overall scope of standard; procedures for development/revision processes; as well as deadlines, formats, and logistics for getting standard completed and published on schedule.
EPA screens 1,000 chemicals for toxicity using ToxCast. .
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 1, 2010 Integrating advances in molecular biology, chemistry, and computer science, ToxCast screening program determines how chemical exposures impact the human body and how chemicals most likely lead to health effects. When fully implemented, ToxCast will be able to screen thousands of chemicals in fast, cost-effective tests that provide relevant information. Chemicals being tested are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs that never made it to market.
IPC Summit to address American competitiveness.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 30, 2010 Scheduled for February 1-2, 2011, in Washington D.C., IPC Summit on American Competitiveness will provide U.S. electronics manufacturing companies with information on specific measures they can take to increase competitiveness. In addition, crucial meetings between participants and their elected members of Congress will be arranged to establish important relationships and discuss timely legislative issues and actions to strengthen the industry.
NIST Standard for collecting suspected biothreat agents is updated.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 30, 2010 Together with federal, state, and local agencies as well as other organizations, NIST worked to update existing standard that would help first responders at all levels of government deal safely and effectively with suspected biothreat agents. Standards E2458-10 and E2770-10 specifically deal with sample collection and overall guidance for when to collect sample as well as how to coordinate with other agencies and organizations.
NIST announces 2010 Baldrige Award winners.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 30, 2010 U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named 7 organizations as recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients include MEDRAD; Nestle Purina PetCare Co.; Freese and Nichols Inc.; K&N Management; Studer Group; Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital of Downers Grove, IL; and Montgomery County Public Schools of Rockville, MD.
ASHRAE Thermal Comfort Standard revises indoor air requirements.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 30, 2010 ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, incorporates research innovations such as use of elevated air speeds to widen acceptable range of thermal conditions for building occupants. It also includes method for determining cooling effect of air movement above 30 fpm. Compliance form for documentation of design, which mirrors USGBC's LEEDŽ template for thermal comfort design credit in LEED New Constuction-2009, is provided in appendix.

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