PEARL Achieves ANSI Accredited Standards Developer Status

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PEARL takes a critical step toward the goal of creating the first ANSI standard for reconditioning of industrial and commercial electrical equipment.

ANSI sets out a clear democratic process to make sure that its standards represent an industry’s best practices.

The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system – as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

ANSI’s decision comes nearly two years after PEARL created its first ANSI committee and began the application process to become an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer with the goal of promoting a single set of consensus technical standards for reconditioning electrical equipment used in industrial and commercial installations and accepted by a pool of industry professionals and stakeholders.

“ANSI’s decision to accept PEARL’s application for Accredited Standards Developer status has been a goal of PEARL since the organization was founded in 1997 and began creating hundreds of technical reconditioning standards for the most common categories of electrical equipment used in industrial and commercial applications,” says Stephen Reames, PEARL President and President of Oregon Breakers, Inc. (Portland, OR). “Today’s achievement is the culmination of many thousands of man hours from our corporate members and volunteers. I cannot say enough about the men and women who have made all this possible. While considerable work remains to gather industry-wide input, validation, and acceptance of the electrical reconditioning standards, it makes sense to take a moment today and feel proud of the progress PEARL volunteers have achieved to help the electrical industry reach a new level of safety and sustainability.”

According to PEARL Executive Director Mark Stone and Stuart Jackson, PEARL ANSI Committee Chairman, PEARL Vice President, and President of Instel Power Products Inc. (Simpsonville, SC), PEARL’s next steps will be to reach out to the entire electrical industry and find volunteers from every segment– from electrical consumer to manufacturer, retailer to field service organization, and other stakeholders – to assist with the review and improvement of the existing reconditioning standards.

“ANSI sets out a clear democratic process to make sure that its standards represent an industry’s best practices,” Mr. Stone explains. He encourages anyone in the electrical industry with relevant expertise and interest in volunteering their time to help create an ANSI standard focused on electrical reconditioning to contact PEARL’s offices by email at pearl(at)pearl1(dot)org or phone at 877-AT-PEARL (877-287-3275).

ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation, and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

About PEARL:
Founded in 1997, the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) creates, collects, and disseminates information, policies, procedures, and standards to ensure the proper recycling and reuse of electrical power equipment. Its 70+ corporate members must meet strict technical, safety, and operational requirements.

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