Lewis Barbe is a Board-certified safety inspector and a member of the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI. He has been a member of ANSI for more than twenty five years, and has sat on many of its committees.
The American National Standards Institute, as Lewis Barbe knows, writes standards guidelines that are used in industry to provide consensus and consistency.
“Like your computer,” Lewis Barbe said, by way of illustration. “We wrote standards for human factors that your hand and elbow have to be the same level as a computer keyboard.” The standards for computers and keyboards go to the ergonomics of computer use, and the position of the body relating to that use. Improper position can lead to excessive stress and in some cases to repetitive stress syndrome.
In many cases the ANSI standards have been adopted into law by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA. “OSHA adopts the ANSI standards,” Lewis Barbe explained. “Let me go back in time. OSHA was a law, and all of the sudden they have to get rules published. So what they did, they adopted the ANSI…standards, and made them law.”
Lewis Barbe has served as the chairman of several important ANSI committees. These include the Committees for Temporary and Portable Space Heating Devices, for Safe Operating Practices for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Construction, for Ceramic Tile, Terrazzo, and Marble Work, for Roofing and the Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs, and for Hot Mix Asphalt facilities.
Lewis Barbe is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, among many other professional associations.
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