FAQs

WHAT ARE THE A11 STANDARDS? 

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 would neither duplicate nor conflict with A10.8.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A MEMBER OF A SUBCOMMITTEE?

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.

HOW IS THE GROUP ORGANIZED?

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.

WHAT IS THE MAKEUP OF THE COMMITTEE?

The goal is to make each committee a balance of interested classes. The classifications are Producers, Users, and General Interest. The main committee 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.

HOW AM I SELECTED AND APPROVED?

If you sumbit an application to a subcommittee, the secretariat passes your application along with a recommendation to the subcommittee chair, who 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.

WHAT ARE ANSI AND SAIA?

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.

HOW MUCH TIME AND MONEY WILL I SPEND?

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.

HOW DOES THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE GET DONE?

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.

AM I PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR WHAT IS IN THE STANDARD?

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.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE MAIN COMMITTEE MEETING?

The main committee votes on and provides input on the work of its subcommittees. It also votes on membership and officers.

HOW ARE THE STANDARDS INTERPRETED?

Each subcommittee chair sets up a small interpretations group within his committee to field questions of interpretation and draft replies.

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