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Standards and Their Role in Associations

Association Impact
July 7, 2017 11:00 AM


A.J. Gruber, President of the International Safe Transit Association shares the key value of the Association to its 1200 members is its voluntary standards program. Started in 1948, the Association was organized to improve and set shipping standards. Of the staff of 6, 5 are here in the greater Lansing area due to the connection they have with Michigan State University, the first packaging training program in the United States.

The Association sets the performance standards, and then certifies people responsible for shipping, labs that test the standards, and package products. Mr. Gruber shares the considerations he makes as the executive of a standards setting organization. He assures that all stakeholders have a say in the standards that are reviewed by a formal process every three years. Between that timeframe changes are reviewed as they are proposed. He shares that “frustration free” packaging are some of the newest performance standards that the organization is currently evaluating. The process of standards involves the American National Standards Institute and then International Standards Organizations. Learn how the values of this organization shares the values of its members to assure that what is delivered is received in prime condition.

In the six segment episode:
- Get to know more about A.J. Gruber, and International Safe Transit Association

- Find out about the Role of Associations in Setting Standards

- Standards in the Workplace

- Creating Standards

- The Value (of Standards) to Members

- Enforcement (of Standards) 

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