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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.

Thank you,
Alan Burton
IWCA President

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