American National Standard released for sustainable management
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers and Water Quality Association have announced that the standard known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 (2015): Sustainable Management has been officially approved by the American National Standards Institute as an American National Standard.
CHICAGO, IL, Feb. 25, 2015 -- The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Association (WQA) have announced that the standard now known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 (2015): Sustainable Management has been officially approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 can be used to evaluate a company's sustainability-related governance and management practices at the corporate and production facility levels. It focuses on the following core attributes:
- Corporate social responsibility and healthy, safe working conditions
- Organizational sustainability (e.g., policies, communications, transparency/reporting, environmental monitoring, and improvement)
- Sustainable supply chains
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a prerequisite for certification to two WQA sustainability-related product standards, WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802: Sustainable Activated Carbon for Drinking Water Treatment (see "ANS released for sustainable activated carbon media") and WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems (see "ANS released for sustainable drinking water treatment systems"),both of which received ANSI approval in 2014.
Companies and facilities cannot be certified to S-801, but companies whose facilities conform to the requirements of S-801 are eligible to have their products evaluated for certification to S-802 and S-803.
"WQA began collaborating with ASPE in 2013 to take our S-800 sustainability standards through the formal public review process necessary for approval as American National Standards," said Pauli Undesser, CWS-VI, deputy executive director of WQA. "By achieving ANSI accreditation for our S-801 standard, we've put the final piece in place for our original vision of the sustainability series."
ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,000 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit ASPE.org.