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.

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 that is passed through air when... ...Read More...

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 misperceptions about CPR and AEDs,” said... ...Read More...

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 emerging thought leaders... ...Read More...

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

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

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 errors or risk an unfavorable... ...Read More...

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 avoid risk of fire and shock.... ...Read More...

Trane’s Top Tips for Summer Safety

Every cooling season, accident rates rise among facility staff and contractors. This is due to heavy cooling season workloads and the rush to respond to unscheduled maintenance. Summer brings more on site accidents of all types, and it’s critical that facility managers (fms) are prepared. “Even under the pressure of a cooling emergency, take time to plan ahead, especially for safety,” says Bob Murphy, Trane safety leader. “No one goes to... ...Read More...

GE Consumer & Industrial Active In Midwest Flood Region

In the wake of the devastation caused by recent, massive flooding across parts of the Midwest, GE Consumer & Industrial’s Electrical Distribution business has initiated an emergency response action plan to help restore power and provide needed electrical equipment throughout the affected region. GE’s initiative calls for an immediate influx of resources to the areas most in need. Local GE representatives are helping distributor customers... ...Read More...

GE Consumer & Industrial Active In Midwest Flood Region

In the wake of the devastation caused by recent, massive flooding across parts of the Midwest, GE Consumer & Industrial’s Electrical Distribution business has initiated an emergency response action plan to help restore power and provide needed electrical equipment throughout the affected region. GE’s initiative calls for an immediate influx of resources to the areas most in need. Local GE representatives are helping distributor customers... ...Read More...