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to a Trade Association?
by Robert S.
Jasany, WSTDA Technical Coordinator
One might ask, “Why should I or we belong
to a trade association?”
Well, it starts in high school, by belonging to a sports team or school
activity club, and goes on through college and one’s professional life.
Usually, Trade Associations are not-for-profit organizations that are
established to improve one’s well-being or that of an industry.
Associations provide strength in unity for the common good of virtually
every industry or profession. Members come together for many reasons,
including the furthering or promotion of standardization in certain
technical areas, to research and study scientific issues, and to lobby
legal and legislative matters.
WSTDA provides the platform for its members to have a voice and to
establish voluntary recommended standards and corresponding warning
products, such as warning labels and safety bulletins, for the
manufacturing and safe handling and use of certain lifting and load
No other organization in the country is as focused on these product
categories and documents, which become adopted by the federal
government, regulatory bodies and industry throughout North America.
WSTDA’s membership is at an all-time high of 137 organizations on four
continents. The organizations continues to grow to better serve the
worldwide industry through improved practices and products.
Congratulations for making the decision to belong.
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