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AIA Leadership signs Global Principles of Business Ethics.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
November 23, 2009 Member companies of the Executive Committee of AIA's Board of Governors have signed on to Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, setting stage for other companies across industry to join. Endorsed by AIA and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe, Global Principles address business conduct as it relates to zero tolerance of corruption, use of advisors, management of conflicts of interest, and respect for proprietary information.
AWWA announces final webcast in fall operator series.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
November 23, 2009 On December 16, AWWA will host Hot Topics in Water - What Do They Mean to Me as an Operator webcast, which will offer informative and situational based exercise for operators who are trying to address new information, research, and news as it relates to their role in water industry. Attendees will learn how to identify sources of information and list contact links, communicate when faced with media encounter, and formulate sequence for effective emergency response plan.
ATA reports decline in October passenger demand.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
November 23, 2009 ATA reported that passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, fell 15% in October 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks 12th consecutive month in which passenger revenue has declined from prior year, fueled primarily by 11th consecutive month of ticket price declines. Three percent fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in October, while average price to fly one mile fell 13.5%. U.S. airlines also saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 3% year over year in Sept 2009.
ASTM invites involvement in catalysts standards development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 23, 2009 During virtual meeting, Committee D32 held open house for potential new members, which featured introduction to ASTM, explanation of Committee's mission, and highlights of committee's active task groups. Primary focus of D32 has been on heterogeneous catalysts, including refining and petrochemical applications, raw catalytic materials, and finished catalyst systems. Committee hopes to expand to include emission control catalysts, homogeneous catalysts, and enzymatic catalysts.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 23, 2009 According to NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should require all new motor vehicles weighing over 10,000 lb to be equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring systems. NHTSA should develop performance standards for newly manufactured motorcoaches to require that overhead luggage racks remain anchored during accident. Standards should also be developed for newly manufactured motorcoaches that prevent head and neck injuries from overhead luggage racks.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to AASHTO.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 23, 2009 According to NTSB, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials should work with FHA to establish performance and selection guidelines for bridge owners to use to develop objective warrants for high-performance Test Level Four, Five, and Six bridge railings applicable to new construction and rehabilitation projects where railing replacement is determined to be appropriate. Guidelines should be included in LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.
U.S.-India SCCP Workshop focused on tall building fire safety.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 23, 2009 Held in New Delhi, India on November 4, ANSI convened the first in a series of workshops to be held under U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program that focused on improving codes and standards for fire safety in tall buildings. Approximately 30 representatives of U.S./Indian organizations participated in discussions pertaining to fire safety principles, role of safety standards, lessons learned from tall building fires, and fire safety infrastructure development.
Inspector General gives NTSB clean financial report.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 23, 2009 For seventh consecutive year, NTSB's financial statements received unqualified opinion from Department of Transportation Inspector General. Results are from audit conducted on Safety Board's financial statements for Fiscal Year 2009. Recently, the Government Accountability Office issued a report finding that NTSB "has fully implemented or made significant progress in adopting leading management practices in all areas in which GAO made prior recommendations."
BSA opens 2010 convention registration and website.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
November 23, 2009 BSA has opened registration for its 2010 Annual Convention, to take place May 1-4, 2010, at Naples Grande Beach Resort, in Naples, FL. Themed, A Look Back to Step Ahead, it will recognize and build on BSA's 44 yr of industry leadership and look ahead to new opportunities/markets in recovering economy. Convention website includes video highlighting previous conventions and preview of this year's event. It also covers registration as well as other information.
ASHRAE and IES standard addresses energy efficient building design.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 23, 2009 ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient design of buildings. It features 15 proposed agenda, open for public review, including addendum cd which would require active exterior control and bilevel control for all-night applications. Also included are addendum bn for orientation of fenestration and addendum bb which focuses on walls, rooms, and fenestration.
AWWA Webcast covers backflow prevention.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
November 23, 2009 On Wednesday, December 9, AWWA will host webcast which will utilize case studies to summarize regulatory framework for backflow prevention and cross-connection control, as well as water utility responsibilities. Webcast attendees will learn how to formulate specific plans for superior backflow prevention program, apply cross-connection control procedures to reduce contamination risks, and employ backflow prevention devices for best results.
U.S. Farmers continue to favor biotech crop varieties.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 23, 2009 Despite statistics, report titled Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years, claims "farmers are increasingly critical of GE crops." According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers have embraced biotech varieties of soybeans, cotton, and corn at rate of 91%, 88%, and 85%, respectively. Agricultural biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on less land using practices that are environmentally sustainable.
ASTM International gains certification capabilities.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 23, 2009 At its October 27-28, 2009 meeting, ASTM's board of directors authorized ASTM's management to develop the capability to offer certification services. ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative, offers opportunity for certification of products - materials, products, services, systems - as well as personnel. Potential benefits include increased confidence, reliable product comparisons, equitable testing and rating, and facilitating regulatory compliance.
Construction Materials Prices decline in October.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    Chantilly, VA 20151
November 23, 2009 Producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department shows that prices for construction materials and supplies fell 0.2% in October, and overall prices are 5.8% lower on year-over-year basis. While ready mixed concrete, cement, and softwood lumber prices are down, prices for prepared asphalt, tar roofing, and siding as well as steel mill and structural metal products rose. Anirban Basu said slight rise is sign that declines in construction materials prices may have come to end.
IPC Study forecasts growth in EMS industry through 2013.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 23, 2009 According to IPC, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for EMS Industry predicts global EMS market will grow at annual average rate of 8.1% until 2013 as world economies recover. Report provides general business metrics on sample of participating companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. It details trends in sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, manufacturing technology, capital investment, spending on equipment and materials, and market size.
Medical Device Database offers access to 1,300 standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 23, 2009 Developed jointly by ANSI, AAMI, ASTM International, and DIN, Medical Device Standards Portal provides single source for critical documents from AAMI, ASTM DIN, US FDA, IEC, and ISO, as well as applicable European regulations. All documents are available fully indexed and in .pdf format. Users can add comments directly into standards, share analysis with others, receive notifications when standards are updated, and compare revisions with color-coded highlights denoting changes.
ISO Standard covers data systems on agricultural tractors.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
November 20, 2009 Published in English and French, International Standard ISO 11783-12:2009 provides diagnostic system requirements for serial data network systems on forestry or agricultural tractors. It prescribes method and format of electronic transfer of data between sensors, actuators, control elements, and information storage and display units. These may be part of tractor or implement, whether mounted, semi-mounted, towed, or self-propelled implements.
AEM salutes member companies for industry service.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
November 20, 2009 AEM has presented Milestone Member plaques to 8 companies in recognition of their industry support through longtime and continuous participation in the association. Erie Strayer Co. is a 75-year member, while Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Firestone Agricultural Tire Co., Manitou North America, The Timken Co., and Weasler Engineering are all 50-year members. Two 25-year companies included Amerequip and Bush Hog LLC.
ANSI Workshop covers accreditation of certificate-issuing bodies.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2009 Scheduled for Feb 11-12, 2010, event will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and Institute's Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Stakeholders will learn requirements for developing education/training course that has assessment at the end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Workshop will also cover terminology, significance, and use of standard as well as requirements for certificate issuers.
ANSI participates in GSO workshop.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2009 ANSI, along with many international stakeholders, participated in workshop on best practices for standardization around the world, held by Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization. Gary W. Kushnier, ANSI Vice President of international policy, discussed increasing use of international standards by regulators and business to facilitate market access, as well as ways to work cooperatively to minimize duplicative testing and certification requirements.

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