IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME ATTENDING THE ASC A92 ANNUAL MEETING?
First of all, WELCOME! The SAIA and A92 Main Committee applaud you for taking your commitment to the scaffold and access industry to the next level. We look forward to your participation!
WHAT CAN STANDARDS DO FOR MY BUSINESS?
By participating in standards development activities that affect your products and services – and by implementing standards and conformance tools that can help you streamline your processes and trim costs – you can continue to build your company’s market share and boost your bottom line.
WHY SHOULD MY STAFF SPEND COMPANY TIME ON STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT?
When your employees participate in standards-setting work, your company automatically gets a leg up on emerging issues and obstacles that affect your industry or product line. You’ll gain insider knowledge and early access to information that will help you shape your agenda, develop networks, and act on priority areas. On almost any given day, a standards group or technical committee is meeting and making decisions that could affect your business. Shouldn’t you be involved?
BUT ISN'T IT EXPENSIVE TO PARTICIPATE?
In challenging economic times, some companies decide to downsize or even eliminate their standards development efforts. What they don’t realize is that re-starting their internal processes later can be much more expensive and time-consuming than maintaining a well-functioning system. The companies that are most successful in their sectors recognize that standards and conformance are business tools that should be managed right alongside their quality, safety, and environmental policies.
WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?
If the U.S. private sector does not step forward to develop a standards and conformance solution to a key national priority, then the U.S. government will meet that need with a regulation. And from a market share point of view, it’s likely that your competitors are actively engaged in standardization. Without your influence and input, your competitors can dictate the way you will be doing business through the content of a standard. Worse yet, they can even include language that effectively standardizes your product off the market.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Make a resource commitment – time, money, and manpower – to the U.S. standardization system. Visit the Standards Boost Business website to show your support and read case studies about how other companies are relying on strategic standardization to get ahead in the global marketplace.
WHO COMES TO THE ASC A92 MEETING?
The ASC A92 Main Committee meeting is open to the public for those who have interest in the standards activities that establish consensus rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities, or their results in the aerial platforms industry. Consensus (industry) standards are voluntarily used by manufacturers, dealers, owners, users, and operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP). 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.