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The Global Supply Chain briefing on Capitol Hill
Can voluntary standards and conformance play a significant role with how the US conducts business on a global scale? On Thursday March 12, ANSI hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled “Standards and the Global Supply Chain” to examine this issue. This briefing took a look at how the standard community is addressing issues such as worker safety, government corruption and food safety to provide better products and services at home and abroad.
Victor Toy, President and Principle Consultant for Insyst H&S and Chair of US TAG spoke about the importance of ISO 45001, the new standard for global occupational health and safety (OH&S) to provide consensus solutions for improving working safety. In his presentation, Mr. Toy specifically described the collaborative efforts of groups such as the Accord, Alliance and NFPA to improve worker safety in the garment industry in Bangladesh.
The anti-bribing initiative ISO 37001 was the central theme of Kathy Seabrook’s, chair of the Center for Safety & Health Sustainability. Ms. Seabrook focused on combating government corruption and she also echoed Mr. Toy’s support for initiatives to reform the Bangladesh’s garment industry by the Accord, Alliance and NFPA.
The food industry was represented by the National Frozen Food Association and Joseph Scimerca, Vice President for Global and Regulatory & Scientific Affairs at Cargill. Dr. Schimeca gave the attached PowerPoint presentation on international food safety.
Rounding out the presenters was Raynee Chiang, Director of Standards, Technology and Fuels at Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Dr. Chiang’s organization seeks to improve heath, environmental and safety risk in the developing world by replacing traditional cook systems with more efficient and safer cookstoves. In addition, she also expressed a desired to work with NFPA and developing safety education campaigns for household that received cookstoves.
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