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JUL 2013

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Notes From the FIeLD Breaking the ANSI Code By Craig Firl, North American technical manager at Capital Safety C What Is ANSI? ANSI, which stands for the American Nationa l Standards Institute, is t he voice of the U.S. standards and conform it y a s s e s s m e nt s y s t e m , h e lpi n g to a ssu re t he sa fet y a nd hea lt h of c on su mer s a nd t he prot e c t ion of t he e nv i r on me nt . T h i s or g a n i z ation oversees the creation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that not only impact the coatings industr y but a lso count less businesses in va r iou s ot her s ec tors . I n gener a l, ANSI standards are intended to serve as aids for manufacturers, consumers, and the general public. Each standard undergoes periodic review and updati ng , w h ic h i s w hy u s er s mu s t b e careful to reference the latest editions and updates. Overall, the core of ANSI's mission is to enhance the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, which include accreditation, certification, inspection, and registration, as well as supplier's declaration and testing. ANSI standards are voluntary, meaning using the standards is neither mandated nor enforced. However, their value may exceed that of government regulations. 34 CoatingsPro g July 2013 Photo courtesy of Capital Safety hances are you've heard the term "ANSI" get tossed around on a jobsite, maybe along with "OSHA." Though safety and health are the primary concerns of these organizations, many companies tend to take the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more seriously than ANSI and overlook the importance of ANSI standards and the value of being ANSI compliant. ANSI is the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment. Why Is ANSI Important? ANSI's safety standards are by far the most comprehensive, rel iable, a nd up to date, addressing fall protection sa fet y, ladder sa fet y, const r uc t ion safety, clothing and equipment safety, workplace surfaces safety, and occupat iona l hea lt h sa fet y. The sta nda rds themselves are well respected across various industries and widely recognized as an excellent source of safety reference material in an easy-to-understand format. ANSI, which experienced various reorganizations until adopting its present name in 1969, was created to lead and foster the work of the broad-based U.S. standardization system to protect the integrity of this system, to promote global competitiveness of business, and to enhance the quality of life for U.S. citizens. In 1970, when ANSI officially formalized a public review process — the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) — its credibility grew dramatically. The BSR was responsible for implementing

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