Fellow IWCA Members,
Slightly over a year ago, two separate appeals were filed, then
heard by the Executive Standards Council (ExSC) of the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) regarding the IWCA I-14 Safety Standard.
Each appellant requested that ANSI remove the accreditation of the IWCA
as Secretariat; dissolve the I-14 Committee, and eliminate the I-14
Safety Standard. One appeal was filed by a window cleaning contractor
who had been a member of the committee, and the other appeal came from
an engineering consulting company that had been participating in the
public comment period of the draft standard.
The result of this hearing was that the ANSI ExSC conducted a special
audit of the activities of the I-14 Committee, as well as the
operating procedures used and actions taken by the IWCA as Secretariat.
The special audit took nearly nine months to complete, and upon
completion the ANSI ExSC did not decide to remove the accreditation of
the IWCA as Secretariat, nor did they dissolve the I-14 Committee or
eliminate the I-14 Safety Standard.
Instead, ANSI has suspended the accreditation of the IWCA as
Secretariat until such time the operating procedures are revised
and are again submitted for approval and re-accreditation.
The standing accredited procedures were used to initially
address the two appeals. Unfortunately, the IWCA was unable to
agree upon enforcement and use of those procedures
effectively; therefore, the time date stamp for the 10-year maximum life
of the I-14 as an ANSI standard expired before the appeals could be
addressed and the draft standard submitted for approval.
The expiration date was October, 2011. As a result, the I-14 standard
is not presently an ANSI approved standard but remains a general
industry consensus safety standard.
In order to proceed with the resurrection of the I-14 as an American
National Standard, the next step is for the procedures to be revised in
accordance with the findings of the special audit, and then submitted to
the American National Standards Institute for re-accreditation. The
committee will also need to complete the refinement of the draft
standard for the final review and approval process.