Upcoming Webinars to Address Standards-Related Topics

SES: The Society for Standards Professionals, presents two webinars: "Incorporation by Reference in Federal Regulations" will take place on Nov. 15, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST, and "How Environmental Performance Changes the Standard Landscape" will be held Jan. 15, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST. Presenting the incorporation by reference program is Emily Bremer, attorney advisor of the Administrative Conference of the United States. She will provide background, discuss pertinent ACUS research and cover the ACUS recommendations on the issue. Michael Kirschner, principal consultant at ENVIRON International and a product environmental compliance and performance expert, will explore manufacturing's work to improve product environmental performance because of regulations, customer requirements and market opportunities, and how the standards community can embrace these forces.

AISC Releases New Bridge Certification Program Rules

The American Institute of Steel Construction has published new regulations for its Bridge Quality Management System Certification Program. The new Standard for Steel Bridges-2011 (AISC 205-11) is needed for the program, and the new criteria increase requirements a participant must meet to become certified or maintain current certification.

NIST Debuts New Special Publications Series

A new document series, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publications 1200 (SP-1200) protocol series, has been established so that NIST scientists and engineers can provide more detail about experimental methods. The series will cover the design and implementation of experiments that will help others in replicating results. To find SP-1200 documents at the NIST publications portal, select "Special Publication (NIST SP)" in the "By series" search field and then key in "1200" in the "By report number" search field.

New China Conformity Assessment Information Available

Additional information about certification and accreditation programs used in China has been made available by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China for the StandardsPortal of the American National Standards Institute. The ANSI portal includes international trade and standards information, including that of China developed in cooperation with the Standardization Administration of China.

Spring Environmental Field Courses Scheduled

The Nielsen Environmental Field School announces its spring 2013 course dates and locations for such field courses as ground-water monitoring and sampling, soil sampling, environmental sampling and surface water and sediment sampling. The courses, to be held in Las Cruces, N.M., February through May of next year, are designed to meet the environmental training needs of contractors, consultants, environmental staffers and laboratory staff.

NIST Releases Plan to Reduce Preventable Fires

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has recently released a plan aimed at reducing preventable fires in the United States and associated costs and loss of life by one-third over the next 20 years. The report: "Reducing the Risk of Fire in Buildings and Communities: A Strategic Roadmap to Guide and Prioritize Research," provides a shared vision for communication, brings the available resources to bear on the U.S. fire situation to enhance effectiveness, describes a basis for NIST strategic planning, and identifies gaps in knowledge and measurement science that hinder the development of critical enabling technologies.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.