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Author: United States. General Accounting Office.; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. (P.O. Box 37050, Washington 20013) : U.S. General Accounting Office, [2001]
Series: AD-a393 911.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Developing standards that protect against fire and testing products against those standards are critical in promoting fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), business office properties, including federal offices and other federal civilian facilities, annually experience thousands of fires, over $100 million in property losses, and dozens of casualties each year. The government and  Read more...
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United States. General Accounting Office.
Fire safety.
Washington, D.C. (P.O. Box 37050, Washington 20013) : U.S. General Accounting Office, [2001]
(OCoLC)654231759
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: United States. General Accounting Office.; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science.
OCLC Number: 49384173
Notes: Cover title.
"August 2001."
"GAO-01-879."
Description: i, 23 pages ; 28 cm.
Series Title: AD-a393 911.
Responsibility: United States General Accounting Office : report to the Honorable Sherwood Boehlert, chairman, Committee on Science, House of Representatives.

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Developing standards that protect against fire and testing products against those standards are critical in promoting fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), business office properties, including federal offices and other federal civilian facilities, annually experience thousands of fires, over $100 million in property losses, and dozens of casualties each year. The government and the public rely on product standards, testing, and certification for protection from fires. For example, organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and NFPA are "standards-development organizations" that are part of the private sector process for developing standards on a voluntary, consensus, and largely self-regulated basis. Generally, the technical committees of these organizations include manufacturers, government officials, consumer representatives, and others who discuss and propose standards and testing procedures. The nation's system for developing standards and testing products to certify their compliance with those standards is complex. The system consists of a decentralized, largely sell-regulated network of private independent standards-development organizations, testing laboratories, and government agencies. For example, there are about 50,000 private sector voluntary standards, developed by more than 620 organizations. This number does not include over 44,000 regulatory and procurement standards developed by some SO federal regulatory and procurement authorities, or other codes, rules, and regulations containing standards that have been adopted by state and local governments.

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