During the month of February 2015 the SMA published and distributed 3 surveys to all in the stair industry requesting the survey in addition to all subscribing professional contacts in the SMA database. The survey data will provide the needed basis for the SMA to represent industry interests and expertise in the development of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standard for Woodwork recently announces by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). As the approved standard development organization, the AWI, has asked the SMA and many other organizations to participate. The SMA looks forward to participating by representing the stair industry in the process.
The ANSI Mission is: "To enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity." ANSI does not develop standards but rather provides a consensus process for their development and accreditation. "The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector..."
As a first step in the process, the SMA Quality Standards Committee, solicited participation in an industry-wide survey extending well beyond its current membership, asking all stair professionals for their valued input. The survey examined the materials and methods used in the construction of, stairs, handrails, and guards. Survey results will provide the broad understanding of currently accepted practices needed to develop a standard of value to all in the industry.
UPDATE: Survey results were reported to attendees of the 2015 SMA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on April 10th. Results will be sent to all participants and available for download from the Members Landing Page in early June.