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OSHA announces update to workplace fatality reporting rules
Today's Facility Manager
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect Jan. 1 for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.
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HVAC advances make compelling energy-value proposition
FierceEnergy
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning in commercial buildings accounts for approximately 40 percent of total building energy consumption, but advances in HVAC technology can provide for much more efficient and less energy intensive operation. Although adoption of these technologies has been low, except in large buildings, the reduced energy consumption these technologies can provide makes a compelling case.
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Former adversaries agree to collaborate on LEED
Sourceable
The United States Green Building Council, which developed and administers the LEED green building rating system, has announced that it will collaborate with the American Chemical Council to advance the LEED standard with help from "the materials science expertise of ACC and its members."
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Salt's role in building damage identified
BUILDINGS.com
The potentially caustic effects of salt accumulation on buildings are well-documented. However, researchers at the Institute for Building Materials at ETH Zurich and Princeton University recently found that certain conditions and types of salt can have an increased impact on the type and scope of damage that occurs.
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Results: Lowe's smart home study
PRNewswire via Green Building Elements
A new smart home study released by Lowe's found that while Rosie the Robot is the futuristic feature consumers would want most from "The Jetsons," more than 70 percent of smartphone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed.
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State of the solar industry: 10 stats to know
TechRepublic
In the last year, the solar industry saw more robust expansion than ever before, growing 41 percent in 2013. That's great news, considering carbon emissions have also reached a record high — in 2013, they increased by their fastest rate in 30 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Its report also showed that greenhouse gases were 142 percent higher than they were in 1750, before the Industrial Revolution.
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Report: Construction employment strengthening
Occupational Health & Safety
Employment in the U.S. construction industry rose by 20,000 jobs in August to a five-year high, with sector unemployment falling to 7.7 percent, which was the lowest rate for August in seven years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC officials said Sept. 5 that their surveys indicate many contractors are having trouble finding enough qualified workers.
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Ergonomic offices lead to happier occupants
BUILDINGS.com
Office workers are spending more and more time at their desks, which means the risk of discomfort and loss of productivity is increasing. Studies have shown that while ergonomic designs can help reduce work-related pain and improve occupant productivity, most programs are put into place only after complaints have been received. A new study shows that proactive ergonomic design not only increases occupant productivity but also improves job satisfaction, comfort and recruitment.
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