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WORLD STANDARDS DAY 2015
Imagine a world where your credit card would not fit into every
cash machine or where you could not just stroll into a shop
and find the right lightbulb for your lamp. A world without
telephone codes, country and currency codes and access to
the Internet. How would you know where a call came from,
or how to reach a specific region? If we didn’t have standards,
communication between people, machines, parts and products
would be extremely difficult.
For example, graphical symbols display important information
quickly and clearly, no matter what language we speak or read
– be they wash and care instructions on clothes, emergency
evacuation signs, or electrical equipment instructions. But if
everyone used different symbols for the same message, they
would not serve their purpose!
Technology also needs standards to communicate. Have you
ever wondered how your computer sends your documents
to a printer from a different manufacturer? Standards set out
common rules and parameters so that products can work with
each other. Standard file formats like MPEG and JPEG standard
enable you to share videos and photos with family and friends
using technology from different vendors.
Now imagine how difficult it would be to order products and
parts from international suppliers if we didn’t have standardized
units of measurement. “Small”, “medium” and “large” mean
different things to different people.
Not only are standards good for trade, they also make it easy for
people around the world to work together.
International Standards are like the Rosetta stone of technology.
They are essential for products to work together smoothly and
for people to communicate easily. When standards are in place
things just work, but if they are not used we instantly notice
it. In a world without standards, routine activities we take for
granted, like making a call, surfing the Web or using our credit
cards when we travel, would be much more complicated, nearly
World Standards Day
1-2 Century Drive, Trincity Industrial Estate, Macoya, Tunapuna
Dr. Junji Nomura
COMMERCIAL DIVING STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION
STANDARDS LAUNCH - ACCESSIBLE AND USUABLE BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES
PROCLAMATION LAUNCH OF THE METROLOGY ACT
HEADTABLE PANELISTS: Members of the Commercial Diving Stakeholder Consultation
Committee prior to the commencement of the Diving Consultation Stakeholder Meeting. (left-
right) Dr. Thackwray Driver, President/Chief Executive Officer, The Energy Chamber of Trinidad
and Tobago; Mr. Errol Rampaul, Head, Standardization Division, TTBS and Mr. Chemij Jobity,
Technical Officer (Technical Department), Environmental Management Authority & Chairman,
TTBS Specification Committee for Commercial Diving.
COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE: Mr. Theodore Reddock – Executive Director (Ag.) of
TTBS, delivering opening remarks at the launch of the Accessible and Usable Build-
ings and Facilities Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, International Waterfront,
: Mrs. Erica Caruth, Head Metrology Division (Ag.) TTBS (left),
presents a token of Appreciation to Mr. Bhawani Persad, President- Consortium of
Disability Organizations (CODO) (right).
GREETINGS: Mr. Ramesh Ramdeen, CEO TTMA, delivers greetings at the reception.
GIFT OF THANKS: Mr. Theodore Reddock – Executive Director (Ag.) (TTBS) (right) express
his appreciation to Mr. Bertrand Harnanan (left) who was instrumental in pioneering the
ALL SMILES: Mr. Theodore Reddock Executive Director (Ag.) (second from right), TTBS is
flanked by members of the Legal Metrology Inspectorate (LMI).
- Head table discussions (left-right) Mr. Errol Rampaul, Head
Standardization Division - TTBS, Ms. Sharda Ramlakhan, Chairperson, Consortium of
Disability Organizations (CODO) and Ms. Alison Grosberg, President, Trinidad and Tobago
Institute of Architects.
A cross-section of attendees listen with rapt attention to the presentations
Mr .Jim Hurst, Director, Hull Support Services Ltd and Member, TTBS Specification
Committee for Commercial Diving delivering greetings to the participants.
World Standards Day is
undoubtedly a significant day for the
standards community, for the Bureau
of Standards, and indeed for all of
Trinidad and Tobago as we take time
out to recognize the contribution of
those involved in standardization
On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and
Tobago, I would like to applaud the Trinidad and
Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) as the pivotal
national institution charged with the overall
responsibility for promoting Standards and Quality
in the various sectors of the economy.
.....the role of standards and quality is critical in
building up our national manufacturing and export
capacity. This focus on quality is essential if we
are to have our products and services successfully
traded within the region and in the wider global
community. Success in this regard will go a long
way in ensuring higher quality in and greater
demand for, our locally manufactured products
whilst simultaneously ensuring safety and minimum
quality in imported products.”
Senator the Honourable
Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI)
Senator, the Honourable
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