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Standards in Trade
Electrical Safety Systems for the Asia-Pacific Region
March 18-22, 2002

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NIST cosponsored a one-week workshop entitled “Electrical Safety Systems in the Asia-Pacific” during the week of March 18 in conjunction with U.S. standards developers and trade associations. A selected group of expert representatives from public and private sector organizations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam discussed electrical safety systems for commercial buildings, industrial plants, and homes with the objective of exploring possible joint projects for increased electrical safety in the region. The U.S. sponsors included NIST; the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); the International Code Council, Inc. (ICC); Intertek Testing Services (ITS); the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA); the National Fire Protection Association International (NFPA); and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL);

The five-day program addressed the development and implementation of the safety of electrical systems in the United States and other participating countries in the areas of: (1) the electrical installation code, (2) electrical product standards, (3) product testing and certification, and (4) inspection and enforcement. For each topic, participants described their countries’ practices, including the evolution of their systems. The participants also discussed consumer safety issues and activities under the Pacific Area Standards Congress. Representatives of multilateral and domestic lending agencies gave briefings on their cooperative programs and activities for Southeast Asia. In addition, there were two visits to active commercial and residential facility construction sites.

The delegates recommended sharing comments on IEC standards, harmonizing standards in certain priority areas, considering follow-up work in the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC), and establishing a mechanism to share information on training programs, code development, inspection procedures and accident prevention. For full recommendations, please see below links. For a webcast of summary discussions held by each group, visit this address: http://real-e.nist.gov/essasia/

For recommendations and closing discussions, please visit the links below:

Closing discussion
Recommendations in electrical installation codes area
Recommendations in electrical product standards area
Recommendations in electrical installation inspection area
Recommendations in electrical product testing and certification area

For more information, please contact Christine DeVaux at christine.devaux@nist.gov, tel. 301-975-4679, fax 301-963-2871.

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Date created: April 23, 2002
Last updated: January 20, 2003

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