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Today we update our scan of the literature for disaster avoidance, disaster management and disaster recovery.   We side-step the over-arching topic of the COVID-19 disaster because leading practice discovery and promulgation is well covered elsewhere.

Disaster is Big Business in the education industry and others.   The US Economic Development Administration tracks its growth (CLICK HERE).

The disaster “domain” is characterized by niche vertical incumbents that have secured a silo of stakeholders that support a business model that has generally proven successful.

You cannot avoid many disasters but you can prepare for them.

We start with the titles developed by ANSI-accredited standards setting organizations and, time-permitting, we will review legislative proposals which fill the risk exposure gaps that standard setting organizations cannot.  A few of those titles are covered in our Imperium colloquium.

A small sample of the less familiar (but no less solid) standards setting organizations in the disaster domain are listed below:

APCO International

ARMA International

Disaster Recovery Institute International

Emergency Management Accreditation Program

FM Global

Infrastructure Security Partnership

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

National Air Duct Cleaners Association

National Disaster Preparedness Consortium

…as well as the familiar incumbents — NFPA, IEEE, ICC, etc.  All of the foregoing non-profits have extensive disaster bibliographies.

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Standing Agenda / Disaster

Outdoor Power Equipment

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District Schools

The appearance of lawns and gardens contributes mightily to pleasant campus atmospherics that, in turn, supports the educational mission, philanthropic goals and brand identity.  Playgrounds provide the opportunity for children to practice skills that will ultimately play a role in adult competencies such as the ability to collaborate with others, develop decision making skills, and successfully take on leadership roles, persevere in the face of distractions, and generate creative ideas.   Many colleges and universities have botanical gardens that are open for instruction and public enjoyment.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is one of the first names in standards setting in this domain.  The landing page for its standards-setting enterprise is linked below:

OPEI Standards Listing

Note that OPEI develops its suite according to the ANSI/NIST-ITL Canvass Method.*

OPEI has released the following title for public consultation:

OPEI B175.5 Standard) for Outdoor Power Edgers – Consultation Closes 4 December 2020

Comments are due December 4th.

We encourage our colleagues in exterior grounds and landscaping units to participate directly as a User interest in the OPEI standards development process.   OPEI Standards Staff Contacts are listed on the OPEI Standards landing page.  Start with Greg Knott (gknott@opei.org)

Noteworthy: OPEI is also ANSI’s US Technical Advisory Group administrator and the Global Secretariat for ISO TC/23 Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry.  This makes sense since the machinery manufacturing has long since been a global industry.  The landing page for that committee is linked below:

ISO/TC 23/SC 13 Powered lawn and garden equipment

We maintain OPEI titles on the standing agenda of our Sport and Bucolia colloquia.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [18-155]

Category: Bucolia, Landscaping & Exterior, Sport

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Jack Janveja


OPEI Procedures – February 2019 CLEAN ANSI Approved 190510

Workspace / OPEI



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