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 September 2006 Global Notebook

World Standards Day 2006 to Celebrate Standards and Partnerships

The U.S. celebration of World Standards Day 2006 will be held on Oct. 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together more than 200 business professionals, government leaders, industry experts, scientists, academia, and consumers to honor the collaborative efforts of standards and conformity assessment professionals across a broad range of industry sectors. The 2006 theme, “Standards Build Partnerships,” draws attention to strengthening relationships between government and industry in the areas of standards and regulations. For additional information or to register, click here. Advance registration is required.

New Version of Search Engine

The American National Standards Institute, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary consensus standardization system, has launched a new version of its NSSN vertical search engine for national, foreign, regional and international standards and regulatory documents. Major enhancements include additional content; a streamlined, user-friendly design; greater speed; improved search functionality; and results filtering and display options. First launched in 1997, the NSSN: A National Resource for Global Standards is a cooperative partnership between ANSI, U.S. private-sector standards organizations, government agencies and international standards organizations. More than 270,000 records are indexed with links to download the documents from the ANSI electronic Standards Store or from other standards developers or resellers. Users can also create and manage customized user-profile accounts to monitor updates on standards activities in areas of personal interest. 

Impact of Emerging Chemical-Related Regulations on U.S. Manufacturers

The impact of chemical-related regulations and standards on U.S. manufacturers will be the focus of a Sept. 26-27 forum at the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus in Gaithersburg, Md. The event will identify ways in which the business, scientific and standards communities can cooperate to better anticipate, prepare for and respond to the increasing number of chemical control regulations imposed on industry. Jointly hosted by NIST and industry partners, Innovation and Competitiveness: a Strategic Approach to Emerging Chemical Issues, will explore potential early-warning systems and processes that will facilitate effective dialogue about technical health, safety and environmental issues. Presentations and discussions will be led by experts from industry, government, and the standards community. Concurrent breakout sessions will allow participants to explore in detail specific areas of interest such as the strategic use of voluntary standards by government and industry, methods for early identification of issues, mechanisms for broader stakeholder collaboration, and more. Additional key points of the event will examine the ways in which regulations and standards are affecting chemicals and their uses and the potential impacts on domestic and international commerce. Along with NIST, the event is cosponsored by the American National Standards Institute and its Company Member Forum, the American Chemical Society, ASTM International, the Automotive Industry Action Group, and NSF International.

ICE 2006 Focuses on Green Chemistry — Global Ingenuity

Few international news stories have attracted more attention this year than the global concern for the environment. While the adoption of a “green” approach to the manufacture of paints and coatings has created challenges, providing value-added products and services with minimal or no environmental impact continues to be a top priority for the coatings industry. As protection of the environment and corporate sustainability activities become more important, the adoption of green chemistry approaches by the coatings industry will be critical for continued success. ICE 2006, to be held at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., on Nov. 1-3, provides an unparalleled opportunity to spotlight the initiatives taken by the industry to design products and processes that help the environment and still contribute to the bottom line. Focusing on the theme of “Green Chemistry — Global Ingenuity,” ICE 2006 combines a variety of educational programs with the largest North American exhibition of raw materials, equipment, and services for the coatings manufacturing industry.

New SRM Aids Coated Steel Industry, Based on ASTM Standard

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a new reference material to aid quality control in the steel coatings industry. The new Standard Reference Material 2426 is a 55 percent aluminum-zinc alloy certified by NIST not only for the aluminum and zinc content but also for silicon and iron, two important contaminants. The SRM represents 55 percent aluminum-zinc alloy that is near the maximum allowable concentrations of iron and silicon as set by ASTM standard A 924/A 924M, Specification for General Requirements for Steel Sheet, Metallic-Coated By the Hot-Dip Process, and can be used by steel laboratories to validate the performance of their test methods at the critical upper specification limits. The SRM was developed in cooperation with ASTM International Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry of Metals, Ores and Related Materials. It is intended primarily for use in evaluating chemical and instrumental methods of analysis. Certified values are provided for the four elements aluminum, zinc, silicon, and iron. More information on SRM 2426 is available from NIST’s Standard Reference Materials office. //

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