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6 disaster recovery do's and don'ts from Hurricane Katrina survivors
Computerworld
Ten years ago, the Gulf Coast was completely devastated by Hurricane Katrina, leaving thousands of businesses in New Orleans and the surrounding area under water and without power for weeks. But while most disasters — natural or otherwise — can't compare with the magnitude of Katrina, there were some hard lessons learned that could help organizations be better prepared for the next catastrophe.
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EPA launches mobile app for school IAQ assessment
FMLink
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new mobile application to assist schools and school districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality facility assessments to protect the health of children and school staff. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a one-stop shop for accessing guidance from EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit.
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3 technologies that will keep energy costs in check
Energy Manager Today
Many American households and businesses saw energy costs soar this summer with July being the hottest month in earth's hottest year on record. Utilities rely on "peaker plants" during these record-setting heat waves to avoid blackouts. Such plants are more expensive and often more polluting to operate, and utilities pass the higher costs straight on to their customers.
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Making the workplace safer from the effects of lightning
Occupational Health & Safety
Annually, lightning strikes cause damage to facilities, disruption of work, injuries and deaths in some cases. Although the U.S. has made progress in protecting structures, there is still room to improve in properly protecting people. Keep in mind that lightning protection for facilities protects the structure and the electrical systems in the facility, it does not protect people or operations outside of the structure.
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NYC adopts part of ASHRAE's Legionella standard following outbreak
FMLink
With 12 confirmed dead and more than 120 cases of infection due to Legionellosis by Aug. 13, the New York City Council adopted legislation that requires adherence to part of ASHRAE's newly published Legionella standard, which global building technology society ASHRAE hopes will be adopted in full by many locations across the country.
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Want to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Hiring practices may differ for industrial cleaning
Cleanlink
One of the challenges of industrial cleaning is assembling a team of workers who are able to handle not only the physical demands of the job, but also the psychological demands. A fear of heights or confined spaces, for example, might prove detrimental to a worker assigned to clean rafters or paint pits. Industrial cleaners might also be required to work odd hours when manufacturing operations close down, such as weekends, holidays and third shifts.
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LEED for resilience? Paying for shock-proof infrastructure
GreenBiz
Think of it as LEED for resilience — but with the added bonus of lowering your insurance rates. That's the vision behind architecture and design firm Perkins+Will's new "RELi" resilience standard, an endeavor aimed at encouraging city planners, project developers and businesses to build and operate facilities that can better withstand shocks such as super storms, sea-level rise, drought, heat waves or even longer-simmering social unrest.
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Government affairs: Will proposed OT regulations affect you?
Landscape Management
New regulations proposed by the federal Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division could ratchet up your labor costs and make audits of your payroll records potentially even more expensive. Employees who are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act now must meet three criteria: they must be paid a salary; that salary must be more than $455 a week; and they must perform work that is executive, professional, administrative or outside sales in nature.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Money gushes into California firm's water-saving shower (AFP via Phys.org)
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Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks (University of Strathclyde via ScienceDaily)
UK heat pump industry warns 'technology may die' (Andrew Gaved)
Door hardware: Striking balance between safety and security (Facilitiesnet)

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