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IAPMO, Jordanian Government Agencies Sign MOU to Develop Codes and Standards
Amman, Jordan (Dec. 12, 2017) — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) on Tuesday joined with the Jordanian National Building Council (JNBC), Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), and Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO) in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance water/sanitation infrastructure in the kingdom through the continued development and enforcement of plumbing codes and standards.
Jordan's Minister of Public Works and Housing H. E. Eng. Sami Halaseh, JSMO Director General H. E. Dr. Haydar Al Zaben, WAJ Secretary General H. E. Eng. Malik Rawashdeh, and IAPMO Senior Vice President of Government Relations Dain Hansen signed the MOU. IAPMO's delegation to Jordan also included Ohannes Dembekjian, Executive Vice President of Continuous Compliance for IAPMO R&T, and Christopher Lindsay, Director of Government Relations. Officials from the United States Embassy also attended the signing.
IAPMO and their Jordanian partners have been working together toward the development of a Uniform Plumbing Code – Jordan for several years. In 2015, IAPMO sent a delegation to Amman to participate in the International Water Association's Water and Development Congress and Exhibition as part of a U.S. grant highlighting U.S. standards, codes, and testing practices that can assist Middle Eastern communities in developing solutions to water scarcity issues. This work was funded through an effective public/private partnership known as the USAID/ANSI Standards Alliance.
"IAPMO and Jordan have long engaged in a fruitful collaboration and strong partnership, and the signing of this new MOU with JSMO, MOPH, and WAJ takes this partnership to the next step," Hansen said. "We are thrilled to work together to ensure that strong, water-saving product standards are embedded into technical regulations, to establish a robust conformity assessment scheme to protect Jordan from inferior, counterfeit products, and to update Jordan's plumbing code."
Rooted in their shared understanding of the importance of standards in developing water and sanitation related infrastructure, the signees agree to cooperate via the MOU on such goals as:
- Recognize and promote the value of the most recent edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) to update Jordan's current plumbing code, which is based on an older version of the UPC
- Promote the development of a skilled workforce that is capable of designing, building, maintaining, enforcing and inspecting the quality of water systems in buildings that Jordan desires
- Recognize the important role international standards play in developing a conformity assessment scheme for plumbing products that will enhance manufacturing in Jordan and promote the trade of goods certified to safety and efficiency standards
"The signing of the MOU marks the consolidation of a true partnership with IAPMO," Halaseh said. "This is an opportunity to further develop the Jordanian plumbing code and national standards in addition to product certification and personnel certification of plumbers and inspectors on plumbing systems that can assist Jordan in contributing to solutions dealing with water scarcity."
Specifically, IAPMO pledges to work with JSMO and other government stakeholders in mandating water efficient plumbing regulations and product standards, provide technical assistance in developing conformity assessment schemes and processes that meet international best practices, provide the most recent edition of the UPC to JNBC and JSMO to officials updating Jordan's codes, and assist in the development of personnel certification criteria for a skilled workforce and competent inspection officials.
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As temperatures drop, families often look for alternative ways to generate heat throughout their homes. While space heaters and fire places are good sources of warmth, they can be very dangerous. Space heaters account for about one-third of home heating fires and 80 percent of home heating fire deaths annually, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Families should use extreme caution with all alternative heating devices.
According to the NFPA, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths, with almost half of these fires occurring in the months of December, January and February. Common household mistakes contribute to the majority of these fires, such as placing flammable objects too close to heating equipment.
The NFPA recommends the following safety precautions when using heating equipment:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as a portable space heater, fireplace, wood-burning stove or furnace. The three-foot safety zone includes furniture, drapes, electronics—anything that can burn.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not place an electrical cord under a rug. Dispose of older, fraying extension cords.
- Always use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer for fuel burning space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood, or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
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Dec. 20, 2017 - George SwietczakJan 17, 2018 - Jim Majeriwiz will be discussing the State Code Feb 21, 2018 - will be Gary Howard on Referenced Codes (YOUTH CAMPS) and professionalism in our association March 21, 2018 -Gary Howard continuing on referenced Codes for (YOUTH CAMPS) June 20, 2018 - Tom Palkon ASSE Director on Water filtration Meetings: every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Earn 1 hour CEU! 11:30 – 12:00 SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:45 LUNCH 1:00 - 2:00 PROGRAM Medinah Shrine Center 550 Shriners Drive Addison IL 60101 (630) 458-0200
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At the Request of Industry, U.S. Senate Committee Supports WaterSense
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2017) — The U.S. Senate, at the urging of the plumbing industry and its partners, via language in a Department of the Interior appropriations bill for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018, expresses strong support for the continued operation and complete funding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense consumer product labeling program.
"The Committee rejects the proposed elimination of the WaterSense program, and provides not less than the fiscal year 2017 level," per the bill, introduced recently by the Appropriations Committee.
The Senate language echoes similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which the committee passed earlier this year, seeking to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to include the formal federal establishment of the WaterSense program. IAPMO has been a vocal proponent of WaterSense since its inception more than a decade ago.
"We have seen tremendous support from across the industry, from all facets of the political spectrum, in solidarity for the WaterSense program," said Dain Hansen, IAPMO Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. "This support has translated into both chambers of Congress, recognizing the vital need for the continuation of the WaterSense program. Building upon the House's support for WaterSense, the Senate has explicitly expounded on its support that WaterSense not only continues, but also remains at 2017 funding levels or higher."
Modeled after the ENERGY STAR program, WaterSense is a labeling and recognition program that seeks to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by offering consumers a simple way to make product-purchasing choices that conserve water with no sacrifice to quality or performance. Services and products earning the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient than average products in the same category without affecting performance. Such products include toilets, urinals, showerheads, bathroom faucets, landscape irrigation controllers, and pre-rinse spray valves.
IAPMO Research and Testing, Inc. ("IAPMO R&T") is the leading provider of WaterSense product certification in the nation and has been a U.S. EPA licensed provider, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), from the beginning, certifying the first high-efficiency toilet (HET) to the standard in April 2007. To date, IAPMO R&T, part of The IAPMO Group, has certified thousands of such water-efficient products to the WaterSense specifications.
Read the proposed legislation here: https://www.appropriations.
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