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FSA targets the environmental compliance arena

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has announced a new strategic direction change for the association.

'The FSA has traditionally been known as a technical standards group,' says FSA president Mike Shorts, 'but there is a representation gap from industry leaders to effectively influence environmental compliance policies with respect to sealing devices.'

The FSA has been internally retooling over the past couple of years and the new plan is complete. The FSA's vision is to be the leading trade association that is recognised and accepted as a subject matter expert and a technical leader advocating and influencing environmental compliance policies.

This new and focused direction will create and raise standards in technology, safety, quality, and best practices for sealing devices. The FSA will enhance its existing education programme on the correct adoption of technology and practices and will be a key collaborator with other organisations that influence and direct the development of key standards that directly impact the users of sealing devices.

The new plan was delivered to the association membership by Ian Baynes, marketing committee chair. 'This is an exciting change of focus for the association; changes in the industries served and regulatory environment they operate in have created a perfect opportunity for the FSA to demonstrate its true value,' he says. 'The FSA has developed four key strategic pillars: Influence & Advocate, Educate, Lead, and Collaborate; their primary focus will be technology, safety, environmental compliance, quality, and best practices for sealing devices.'

The FSA's new efforts will benefit the end users of sealing devices as the cost of adoption of new technologies to meet new policies is reduced. Through the delivery of non‐commercial educational programmes, the FSA will lead the way as sealing device technology experts to end users and anyone involved in the specification, use, and maintenance of process systems using sealing devices.