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Answers to last Friday’s OSHA violation quiz

ANSWERS: The violations are given along with the regulation numbers that address them. Workplace is a mess: 1910.22(a)(1) Rats: 1910.141(a)(5) LP forklift used in EE rated area (see sign): 1910.178(c)(2)(iv) Propane tank lying on the floor: 1910.178(f)(2), 1910.110(f)(2)(i), 1910.110(f)(2)(ii)Worker standing on the forks: 1910.178(m)(3) Operator has dismounted the forklift without lowering the forks: 1910.178(m)(5)(iii) Exit blocked:... ...Read More...

Look out education FMs: MIT presents the $100 laptop

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan unveiled the first working prototype of the $100 laptop Nov. 16 at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, Tunisia. Annan was joined by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and co-founder of the Media Lab at MIT, in presenting the laptop to the gathering. The $100 laptop, first announced by Negroponte at the World Economic Forum in January 2005, is an ultra-low-cost, full-featured computer designed to... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: Spot the OSHA Violations

The safety professionals at MANCOMM created this picture through extensive Photoshop retouching, so no workers or animals were actually endangered. In the picture, how many Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety violations can you spot? Some of the violations are fairly obvious, but some will require a keen knowledge of OSHA regulations. Consider yourself well-versed in OSHA matters if you can spot at least 10 violations –... ...Read More...

High airborne mold levels, post-Katrina

Interesting article in USA Today regarding high airborne mold levels... ...Read More...

Avian flu adds to cold and flu season worries

More than half the people in a new survey about the upcoming cold and flu season say they are concerned about the possibility of a flu strain jumping from animals to humans. The results represent a big shift from a year ago, when only 1% of respondents to a similar question reported being worried about avian or bird flu. Both surveys were conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional. Some of the other key... ...Read More...

Winners of the 2005 Brick in Architecture Awards

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently announced the winners of its 2005 Brick in Architecture Awards. Each winning project demonstrated the importance of good design and the need to use environmentally friendly materials to create durable and sustainable structures. Award winning projects include: Project: RadioShack Riverfront Campus, Fort Worth, Texas Architect: HKS, Inc. The RadioShack Riverfront Campus, which replaced two high-rise... ...Read More...

Bonus funny: the link between cell phones and Finnish toilets

Amusing and odd little news item in today’s... ...Read More...

Diversity's impact on workplace safety

American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Practice Specialty Administrator Linda Tapp, ALCM, CSP, of Cherry Hill, NJ, recently pointed out how, with the workforce being more diverse than ever, it is important for facility managers to be aware and take actions to help provide a safe workplace for everyone—regardless of their age, language, body shape, or size. Tapp noted that today there are more women workers, workers with English as a... ...Read More...

Diversity’s impact on workplace safety

American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Practice Specialty Administrator Linda Tapp, ALCM, CSP, of Cherry Hill, NJ, recently pointed out how, with the workforce being more diverse than ever, it is important for facility managers to be aware and take actions to help provide a safe workplace for everyone—regardless of their age, language, body shape, or size. Tapp noted that today there are more women workers, workers with English as a... ...Read More...

Green buildings better for learning?

Turner Construction Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Turner Corporation, has announced the findings of its survey of 665 building owners, developers, architects, engineers, corporate owner-occupants, consultants, and educational institutions on green building issues. Similar to the survey conducted in 2004, the 2005 Market Barometer again took a snapshot of the views of senior executives on the benefits and costs of green buildings.... ...Read More...