Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Standards and Regulations

Ahh, Chief Reason, I should have known I'd find you here (well, I was here too, but since we are bringing our discussion to others, I agree our dialogue would be useful here as well).

We have been having a little chat about the perceptions and issues involving standards and regulations and maybe the readers here would like to say their piece as well. Art has some great points about the issues of standards, mainly that the consensus standards that have been adopted as American National Standards (like your various NFPA standards) since they are being used by OSHA to perform their regulatory duties, should be published and distributed for free, since we all have to live by them.

I don't have a general argument against that, but I do see the side of those organizations that develop consensus standards and know that the development of them isn't cheap (and someone has to pay for the light bill). So what is your take on them?
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1 comment:

  1. Apparently, we are a government "flush" with cash.
    I would see no reason why the money to promulgate new OSHA Fire Service standards couldn't come out of existing funds.
    If they-the government leaders-want to get the most bang for our buck, this would be a good place to start.
    It's funny, though; the feds keep cutting our money, but are giving it away to failing businesses and to executives giving themselves big bonuses for failed business plans. Maybe we should put "bank" behind our names.
    Forgive my sarcasm.
    In a nut; government can "purchase" the standards and then print them into the regulations.


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