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.

LEED Gold for Pollution Leaders?

Olympic athletes were prepared to don respirators and China was forced to seed clouds, idle factories and ban vehicles to temporarily lift a pollution fog that enveloped Beijing as recently as last month. Very interesting (albeit ironic) for USGBC to award their “gold medal” for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design to a country recognized as one of the planet’s top polluters.   Thus proving that the... ...Read More...

OSHA Proposes Clarification of Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment and Training

On August 19, 2008, OSHA published a proposed rule to clarify the individualized nature of the requirement to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and training for workers in general industry, maritime, and... ...Read More...

White Paper On Mass Notification Systems

Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. has published a five-page paper on the... ...Read More...

Major Health Organizations In China Install Zoll Defibrilators

Massachusetts-based company helping Chinese improve emergency... ...Read More...

One Month In: New Building Codes In The Big Apple

For the construction industry, it has been one month since officials said goodbye to the old New York codes. The 2008 New York City Codes went into effect across all five boroughs on July 1,... ...Read More...

Guide to Assist Employers With Trip Fall Prevention

To help employers reduce and ultimately eliminate slips, trips and falls that continue to occur in workplaces, ASSE and ASTM recently announced the availability of a compendium including slip, trip, and fall prevention... ...Read More...

Again, ANSI Thwarts Efforts to Block Safety Standard for Construction Industry

Last week (7/17/08), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Appeals Board Panel dismissed the latest appeal brought by the Construction Industry Employer Coalition, a coalition of five trade associations of U.S. construction interests, to withdraw the adoption of the approved voluntary consensus standard “reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction” (ANSI/ASSE A10.40-2007), which aims to reduce musculoskeletal... ...Read More...

Building Code Grant Legislation Passes U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that will help communities across the country adopt and administer building codes to save lives and protect property. The Community Building Code Administration Grant (CBCAG) Act, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS), would provide awards to local governments to establish and enforce building safety and fire prevention codes. CBCAG funds would be used to recruit, hire, train, and... ...Read More...

Federal OSHA Issues Third Largest Fine in History Following Sugar Refinery Explosion

Last Friday (7/25/08), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations proposing penalties totaling $8,777,500 against the Imperial Sugar Co. and its two affiliates alleging violations at their plants in Port Wentworth, GA and Gramercy, LA. OSHA initiated the inspections following an explosion and fire on Feb. 7, 2008, at the Port Wentworth refinery that claimed the lives of 13 employees and hospitalized 40 others.... ...Read More...

Demand For Fire Protection Engineers Exceeds Supply

Fire is a danger that can affect entire communities. For example, each year in the U.S., more than 3,000 people die as a result of fire. To combat its destructive force, fire protection engineers use their acquired skills and the latest technology. Fire Protection Engineer Tony Caro studied industrial engineering at New Mexico State University before switching to an education in fire protection engineering. “I realized I wasn’t as... ...Read More...