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About the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act

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.


  • NCST Advisory Committee
    (301) 975-6077
    NCST Advisory Committee
    100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8610
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8610
Created May 17, 2013, Updated November 15, 2019