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4/25/2014 - SAIA is Re-accredited by ANSI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director
Scaffold & Access Industry Association
laurie@saiaonline.org 816.595.4860

SAIA is Re-accredited by ANSI as an American National Standards Developer

Kansas City, Mo. – The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) has been re-accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under its recently revised policies and procedures for documenting consensus on SAIA-sponsored American National Standards. The revised procedures replace the previous version that was approved in January 2009.

“As an American National Standards developer for the operation of elevating and rotating aerial devices, work platforms and vertical devices primarily used to position personnel, SAIA is committed to the design, construction, testing, maintenance, inspection, training, use and operation of  this equipment ,” DeAnna Martin, SAIA A92 Liaison said. “The revised provisions allow us to continue to serve the scaffold & access industry in this critical role. We appreciate the ongoing support that ANSI provides by establishing its essential requirements for due process and in re-accrediting SAIA as a standards developer.”

Since 1984, the SAIA has been developing safety guides for the aerial platform industry. The Scaffold & Access Industry Association is one of over 220 American National Standard Institute (ANSI)-Accredited Standards Developers that develop American National Standards.

SAIA serves as the Secretariat for the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A92, Aerial Platforms standards-developing committee.  This committee facilitates a volunteer force of over 120 active participants through the ASC A92 Main committee and eleven subcommittees.  “The hard work and dedication of the volunteers show their commitment to the industry and the U.S. standardization process.  Thank you to the members and their companies for allowing them to participate”, said Dave Merrifield, ASC A92 Main Committee Chair.

The purpose of the standards is the prevention of accidents and injuries, as well as, establishing criteria for the manufacturers. The standards also aid the manufacturers, dealers, owners, users and operators of the platforms to understand their various responsibilities.

For more information about ANSI, the ASC A92  Aerial Platforms Committee or SAIA please contact SAIA A92 Liaison, DeAnna Martin at (816) 595.4860 or by email at deanna@saiaonline.org

About the SAIA

The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, shoring, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SAIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SAIA ASC A92 standards. For more information, call 816 595.4860 or visit us at www.saiaonline.org.

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