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May/June 2011

World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced

The paper competition for the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day will focus on “Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide”; entries are due Aug. 12. Issues of safety and sustainability are important causes for stakeholders around the world, from alternative energies and environmental protection to the safety of products, services, homes and workplaces. As governments, organizations and individuals alike strive to address these transnational challenges, globally relevant standards provide the technological and scientific foundations that drive health, safety and environmental innovation. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Oct. 13. SES — The Society for Standards Professionals.

U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day to Be Held in October

Advancing safety and sustainability standards worldwide will be the focus of the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day 2011 on Oct. 13. The program will recognize the role of standards, codes and conformity assessment in assuring the health and safety of people and the environment. The American National Standards Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are co-chairs of the event, and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials is this year’s administrating organization.

ASTM International President To SPEAK at August SES Conference

James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International, will be the keynote speaker at the 60th annual conference of SES — The Society for Standards Professionals. The conference will focus on the theme, “The Evolving World of Standards: What’s on the Horizon,” and will be held Aug. 14-16 in Las Vegas, Nev.

NRMCA Launches Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has launched the Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification program to help concrete producers demonstrate excellence in sustainable development. The program uses performance-based metrics that will guide producers in assessing production practices and implementing sustainability strategies to decrease their environmental footprint. The program uses the recently released Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines, Version 1.0, from the RMC Research and Education Foundation. These guidelines include calculators and checklists to assist ready mixed concrete producers in furthering sustainability at their plants.

Code Council Issues Guideline for Replicable Buildings

The International Code Council has issued a Guideline for Replicable Buildings, which is intended to streamline building document review for replicable construction documents. This approach should be particularly useful to corporations and chains that construct similar or identical buildings across the country.

ANSI-HSSP to Sponsor Workshop on Small Business Preparedness

On May 25, a workshop, Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses, will be held in Arlington, Va. The program, sponsored by the American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel focuses on the unique needs of small businesses in preparing for unforeseen challenges. Workshop organizers seek to foster dialogue among small businesses, standards developing organizations, federal agencies and other stakeholders to support preparedness through voluntary consensus standards. Attendance is free of charge; for more information and to register, click here.