The alarm clock blares. Your eyes open. You take a deep breath. You drag your feet until you feel your bedroom slippers. Flipping the light switch on, you open the door and make your way to the kitchen. At the table, you have breakfast. You hop into your car and make your way to work. As you drive, a warm feeling washes over you. You know that you’re healthy and happy and safe. Without even thinking about it, you’re being protected. In everything you have done, and will do for the rest of the day, the rest of your life – standards will be there for you.
The Importance of Standards
While often overlooked, standards touch almost every part of our daily lives. From the quality of food we eat, vehicle tyres that take us safely from one place to the next, the type of footwear we use, or the construction of our very homes – standards underpin it all.
They are the invisible threads that hold our interconnected world together, defining the quality, safety, and performance of products, services, and systems. Standards ensure that products and services work the way that we expect them to, making life safer and more enjoyable.
What is World Standards Day?
Observed on October 14th each year, World Standards Day is a global celebration of the role standardization plays in supporting international trade, innovation and the well-being of society. This date holds special significance as it marks the founding of three key international standardization organizations: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Guiding Our Future
SDGs are a universal call to action adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. These 17 interconnected goals address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. Sustainable Development Goal 3, “Good Health and Well-being,” is the focal point of World Standards Day 2023.
Achieving SDG 3 is about more than just accessible healthcare; it encompasses creating an environment where products, services, and workplaces contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities. Standards are the building blocks of this goal, providing the framework for a fairer, more sustainable world.
The Role of Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS)
At TTBS, we understand the profound significance of standards in shaping our daily lives and our nation’s progress. TTBS is committed to ensuring that products and services in our region meet rigorous quality and safety standards. This not only enhances consumer confidence but also fuels economic growth.
Join us in commemorating World Standards Day 2023 as we celebrate the power of standardization. Our upcoming content series will unveil the intricate ways in which standards contribute to a healthier, safer, and more sustainable world. Visit www.gottbs.com to explore the impact of standards in your life.
Together, we can create a world where well-being and good health are safeguarded, today and for the generations to come!
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