The act, signed into law on Oct. 1, 2002, by President Bush, authorizes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish teams to investigate building failures. These authorities are modeled after those of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for investigating transportation accidents. The NCST gives NIST the responsibility to dispatch teams of experts, where appropriate and practical, within 48 hours after major building disasters. Under the law, the NIST Director, in consultation with the U.S. Fire Administration and other appropriate federal agencies, maintains a standing advisory committee of as many as 12 persons to advise him or her on carrying out the act, and to review procedures and reports issued. The panel is known as the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee.
- Bill grants NIST new authorities to investigate major building failures (News Release, Oct. 2, 2002)
- Fact sheet on NIST's responsibilities under the NCST Act
- The National Construction Safety Team Act (pdf)
- Implementation of NCST Act (Federal Register Notice, Nov. 2004, pdf)
- NCST Electronic Code of Federal Regulations