By Bonnie Rose
I'm proud of the progress we've made against our four strategic pillars, and never fail to be delighted by the dedication of our members to create a safer, more sustainable world.
In recent weeks, we celebrated two significant milestones. Our committee membership now stands at over 8,000. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest number of committee members in over 10 years. The other achievement is that within just ten months, our Communities of Interest attracted over 18,000 participants. This total includes committee members, many of whom are starting to access and use their private committee workspaces. Over 8,500 potential new members have also signed on and are exploring and participating in the communities most relevant to them.
CSA Group members have developed some truly landmark standards in the past year. For example, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace addresses a critical need, resulting in more than 17,000 downloads to date! With additional funding from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, we will be publishing an Implementation Guide in early 2014, to supplement the Standard and other training products.
We also continued to expand our health care standards portfolio, improving safety for patients as well as health care workers, with the first edition of CSA Z305.0-13, Safety of personnel in perioperative environments. Among the other important documents developed by CSA Group members in 2013/14 were the 9th edition of Canada's premier welded construction standard CSA W59-13, and a brand new guideline CSA Z463 on the maintenance of electrical systems.
We also began hosting a new Codes Policy Advisory Committee (CPAC), a forum for senior level provincial and territorial policy makers to provide input on the development and regulatory considerations of CSA Codes. In addition, we now have a process to address short-term product harmonization needs between the US and Canada on energy efficiency standards and a new compendium of 10 standards for estimating energy use in new and retrofit buildings.
The launch of our new mobile app for the Electrician Practice Exam was a success with over 6,200 downloads, placing it within the top 5 Educational Apps. Further enhancements are underway. The CNG Fuel System Inspector Personnel Certification program has seen significant growth recently, helping to ensure Natural Gas Vehicles are properly inspected by certified Inspectors. To date, over 750 inspectors have been listed, and the number is projected to grow to 1,300 in the coming year.
We are undertaking lean process improvements, with an initial focus on reducing waste and accelerating cycle times in the publishing of standards. This will help ensure our members' hard work is ushered into the market as soon as possible, and that high-quality standards get into the hands of users who need them, quickly and cost-effectively. You can expect to see more Lean improvements as 2014 progresses.
Our standards leadership and credentials have been further advanced with an exciting development: Our scope of activities in the US has been expanded and approved by ANSI, allowing us to develop standards in any area in which CSA Group conducts business. Previously, the scope was restricted to developing standards related to gas, alternative energy and built environment. This is very good news!!
And we continue to reach out to important stakeholders. Last fall, we held the second annual "Education Day on the Hill" in Ottawa, which resulted in meetings with over 52 senior government officials, and increased CSA Group's visibility as a credible partner for government.
The longer I lead this business, the more convinced I am about the power of people, their passion for a cause, and their pursuit of a solution. Achieving good results is a collaborative effort, and we couldn't do what we do without the extraordinary talents, expertise, knowledge and dedication of our members. You embrace standards and I want to thank you for the role you play in helping us to create a better, safer, more sustainable world.