Safety Articles

Facility managers are often charged with health and safety responsibilities, including fire safety and alarm systems, OSHA inspections, ergonomics, emergency preparedness and disaster planning, and much more.

Mercury Pollution From Cement Kilns

Mercury Pollution From Cement Kilns

More than seven years after a federal court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate toxic mercury pollution from cement kilns, no action has been taken to curb these dangerous and rapidly growing emissions from over 150 plants located across the nation. A major new study to be released on July 23, 2008 by Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) will document the severely...Read More...

Atrium Fire Safety Solution For Wrigley Center

Atrium Fire Safety Solution For Wrigley Center

The Wrigley Global Innovation Center serves as an office and research facility for the confectionery industry. One notable element of the facility is the atrium in the center of the building, which provides meeting areas in a garden setting, featuring 25 plant species from four continents under 540 glass panels. While the rest of the building was only three stories, the four story high atrium reclassified the...Read More...

Mold Clean-Up Tips

Mold Clean-Up Tips

Mold grows easily in flood-related conditions, which include standing water, humid air, and wet surfaces according to American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) members. The longer these conditions remain, as in the current flooding in the Midwest, the more the mold growth can spread. To address this, ASSE offers the following tips to consider on how to clean-up mold and minimize its adverse effects. Individual...Read More...

Cooper Bussmann Platinum Sponsor Of Project On Arc-Flash

Cooper Bussmann Platinum Sponsor Of Project On Arc-Flash

The company has contributed $500,000 to the Arc-Flash Collaborative Research Project organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This Platinum Level sponsorship will expand the knowledge of the electric arc-flash phenomena with the objective of advancing Codes and standards for greater workplace safety. Arc-flash (an electric current...Read More...

Common Misperceptions About Heart Attacks And Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Common Misperceptions About Heart Attacks And Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Dr. Glenn W. Laub, a practicing cardiac surgeon and Defibtech CEO, said the roles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are commonly misperceived by the media and general public. “As a cardiac surgeon and advocate of public access AEDs, I believe it’s very important to create awareness not only about what CPR and AEDs can do, but to correct a few common...Read More...

Scholarship For Ergonomics Students

Scholarship For Ergonomics Students

Humantech, Inc. is assisting students in the pursuit of ergonomics-related education with its 2008-2009 ergonomics college scholarship program. Through the program, a $1,500 scholarship in each of three degree programs —undergraduate (junior and senior only), masters, and doctorate—will be awarded this coming fall. “We at Humantech are very excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the education of...Read More...

The Facility Technologist: Getting The Message

The Facility Technologist: Getting The Message

When an emergency event occurs, mass notification capabilities can help keep people...Read More...

Fire Management Trends: Escaping The Ring of Fire

Fire Management Trends: Escaping The Ring of Fire

During a fire, facility managers need to evacuate employees and protect the building's...Read More...

BBB Helps IAQ Council Fight Fraud

BBB Helps IAQ Council Fight Fraud

The American Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Council is welcoming assistance in its fight against consumer fraud from a new direction—the Better Business Bureau. Local Better Business Bureaus around the country are contacting the IAQ Council office to verify claims of certification found on company Web sites. In cases where the claims are inaccurate, some BBBs are giving companies as little as 14 days to correct the...Read More...

Salvaging Flood Damaged Electrical Equipment

Salvaging Flood Damaged Electrical Equipment

In acknowledgment of the hazards associated with working around electrical equipment that has been exposed to flood water, experts at Littelfuse, Inc., are offering the following instructions for a safe restoration. Flood waters are generally contaminated and leave conductive and/or corrosive residues inside equipment that can produce shock and fire hazards. Affected equipment should be replaced or refurbished to...Read More...