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ISO 9001


To help snow and ice management companies that are having an increasingly harder time finding insurance coverage, Randy Strait, the owner of Arctic Snow and Ice Control, advises to become ISO 9001 certified as his company is. The standards in ISO 9001 set out the requirements of a quality management system to ensure that a company's products and services consistently meet customers' requirements and that quality is constantly improved. http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_9000


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ASTM C1782


The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute recently praised the new ASTM International standard C1782, which sets minimum requirements for segmental concrete slabs in terms of flexural strength, dimensional tolerances and freeze-thaw durability. These larger paving units (up to 48" x 48") did not fall under the existing ASTM standard C936. ICPI says that "C1782 now provides a set of requirements that producers can meet, which uses familiar ASTM terms and references," and applies to the dry cast, wet cast and hydraulically pressed manufacturing processes. http://www.astm.org/Standards/C1782.htm


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ANSI/ASCA A1000-2014


As an ANSI-Accredited National Standards developer, the Accredited Snow Contractors Association produced the System Requirements for Snow and Ice Management Services: ANSI/ASCA A1000-2014, which provides companies with guidance on reducing risk, and creating procedures and documentation to help defend against slip-and-fall claims. http://www.ascaonline.org/ansi-standards.aspx


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Networking and Education Opportunity


The International Code Council, which develops standards in addition to codes for the building industry, will hold its 2016 Annual Conference October 16-25 in Kansas City, Missouri. Among the highlights are the Building Safety and Design Expo, and 30 educational sessions that offer CEUs and LUs, as well as certification testing. http://www.iccsafe.org/conference


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ASTM D2855 & ASME B31.3


According to Mike Grabowski, a technical sales manager at IPS Corporation, the makers of Weld-On, two standards of increasing recognition in the irrigation industry are ASTM D2855, which addresses how to best join PVC pipe with solvent welding, and ASME B31.3, a test to prove that pipe fitters, including irrigation installers, can assemble pipes that meet those best practices. After passing the test, installers are given a qualification card that allows them to work on irrigation projects where B31.3 is specified. Grabowski says the specification is appearing more frequently because of the growing necessity of accountability due mainly to drought conditions around the country. http://www.astm.org/Standards/D2855.htm


As seen in LC/DBM magazine, September 2016.








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