Accredited Standards Committee A11, Design, Manufacturing and Performance Testing related to Scaffolding, Shoring and Forming Products and Related Components and Accessories (with the Scaffold and Access Industry Association appointed as Secretariat) under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on ASC A11-sponsored American National Standards has been approved by ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC), effective August 25, 2015.
The SAIA is responsible for adhering to the policies and procedures outlined in the ANSI Essential Requirements, which govern the consensus development process.
The ASC A11 will manage and maintain the following standards:
Q: What are the A11 Standards?
A: Standards relating to scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, shoring and forming products and related components and accessories. The standards would focus more on design, manufacturing, and performance testing as opposed to safety and use, which is covered already by ANSI A10.8 Standards and would neither duplicate nor conflict with A10.8
Q: What are my responsibilities as a member of a subcommittee?
A: You will be expected to attend meetings, to contribute your ideas and feedback, to occasionally accept assignments such as drafting language for a particular section, and to vote on changes to the standard.
Q: How is the group organized?
A: ANSI, in New York, is the governing body. The A11 Main Committee reports to ANSI through the Secretariat, SAIA. Each specific standard is assigned to a subcommittee which reports to the A11 Main Committee.
Q: What is the makeup of the committee?
A: The goal is to make each committee a balance of interested classes. The classifications are: Producers, Users and General Interest
The main is made up of organizations. The individuals on the committee represent their organizations. The subcommittees, on the other hand, are made up of individuals who represent no one but themselves. Members on the main committee need not be on a subcommittee and subcommittee members need not be on the main committee.
Q: How am I selected and approved?
A: If you make application to a subcommittee, the secretariat passes your application along with a recommendation to the subcommittee chair that checks interest classification to assure the subcommittee remains in balance. Your name and a brief description of your affiliation and interest are passed on to the main committee. The main committee votes on all applications.
If you apply for the main committee, the process is similar except the application is directed to the main committee.
Q: What are ANSI and SAIA?
A: ANSI is the American National Standards Institute. It is the Parent organization for a wide variety of standards (publishing over 13,000 approved standards) which govern the way American products are made and used. ANSI standards have also been used as a world-wide pattern for standards in many instances. ANSI is also the official US representative in the International Standards Organization (ISO) which writes standards with worldwide application.
SAIA was formed in 1972 to promote and protect the interests of manufactures, dealers and distributors in the access and scaffold industry. The primary focus of the SAIA is safety, training, and education. SAIA applied to ANSI and was awarded the Secretariat for the Accredited Standards Committee A11, Design, Manufacturing and Performance Testing related to Scaffolding, Shoring and Forming Products and Related Components and Accessories.
Q: How much time and money will I spend?
A: Everyone is expected to attend their committee meetings and pay their own expenses for travel and lodging. A moderate amount of time will be spent in correspondence with other members and in drafting and refining the language of the standards.
Q: How does the work of the committee get done?
A: The formal meetings are lively discussions of the issues before the committee. Much of the preparation is done ahead of time and draft language is mailed and commented on prior to the meetings. Informal meetings and phone calls often prepare members for the meetings.
Balloting on proposed language is done by email.
Q: Am I personally liable for what is in the standard?
A: Although it is conceivable that anyone can be sued, there has not been a successful case brought as a result of participation on A11 committees.
Q: What is the purpose of the main committee meeting?
A: The main committee votes on and provides input on the work of its subcommittees. It also votes on membership and officers.
Q: How are the standards interpreted?
A: Each subcommittee chair sets up a small interpretations group within his committee to field questions of interpretation and draft replies.
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The ASC A11 Main Committee consists of 11 member companies and organizations who have been appointed based on their technical, safety and related industrial expertise. The committee will meet annually to review current issues, establish policy and procedures relative to the consensus standards, and evaluate the development activities of each subcommittee.
How do I apply to be a member of the main committee or subcommittee?
If you are interested in becoming a member, fill out an ASC A11 Membership Application online at www.saiaonline.org. Submit completed applications to the A11 Secretariat. Applications are reviewed at the ASC A11 Annual Meeting.
How am I selected and approved?
If you apply to a subcommittee, the subcommittee chair passes your application along with a recommendation to the main committee chair that checks the interest classification to assure it remains in balance. Your name and brief description of your affiliation and interest is passed on to the main committee. The main committee votes on all applications annually. If you apply for the main committee the process is similar except that the application is directed to the main committee.
What’s the difference between membership on the main committee and subcommittee?
Members on the main committee are members of the consensus body and must adhere to the requirements set up by the ASC A11 Policies and Procedures as well as the ANSI Essential Requirements. Members of the main committee are represented on the organizational level.
Members on each subcommittee are represented as individuals. Each subcommittee is formed to expedite the work of the consensus body as outlined in its scope and duties. Some of these responsibilities include: drafting all or portion of a standard, drafting responses for comments, and other advisory functions.
Membership on the main committee and a subcommittee are not interdependent. An interested company and individual must apply for each committee separately and will be voted on individually.
How does the work of the committee get done?
The formal meetings are lively discussions of issues before the committee. Much of the preparation is done ahead of time and draft language is mailed and commented on prior to meetings. Informal meetings and phone calls often prepare members for the meetings. Balloting on proposed language is done by email.
Interested in learning more about the A11 Committees? Contact DeAnna Martin, at 816.595.4831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would rather fax your application please download the application and send it to 816.472.7765
“Standards are a vehicle of communication for producers and users. They serve as a common language, defining quality and establishing safety criteria. Costs are lower if procedures are standardized; training is also simplified.” –ASME
Standardization and conformity assessment activities lead to lower costs by reducing redundancy, minimizing errors, and reducing time to the market. Demonstrating compliance to standards helps your products, services, and personnel to cross borders.
Standards also make cross-border interoperability possible, ensuring that products manufactured in one country can be sold and used in another.
Your business can reduce the economic risk of research and development activities by participating in standardization. You can lower overall R&D costs by relying on previously standardized technologies and terminologies.
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ANSI Standards Learning Portal an online resource for self-paced e-learning programs that help to raise awareness of standards and conformity assessment activities.
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