Archive for March 13th, 2013

What does it take for a company to lead in safety culture?  At a seminar titled “Creating a World Class Safety Culture” at the Grainger Show held earlier this week, Dr. W.E. Scott, Ph.D., PE, a consulting services manager at the National Safety Council, provided tips that managers can follow to establish a safer, more effective work environment. Read more

Credit: Ford Motor Company

The world is more connected than ever before. In the past 15 years, virtual meetings and online communication have saved businesses untold amounts of money and resources. A similar evolution is taking place in manufacturing facilities today with the 3-D virtualization of factories. Read more

Sequestration will hamper environmental cleanup programs as well as reduce renewable energy grants. Credit: Federico Stevanin.

The environmental may get dirtier, thanks to sequestration. Credit: Federico Stevanin.

As of March 1, the words “sequester” and “sequestration” suddenly became familiar to the American vocabulary; prior to that the only time most of us had ever heard the words were in connection with a jury trial that lasted for weeks at a time.

But when President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress could not come to terms on a deal to balance the federal budget and head off $85 billion in automatic, immediate spending cuts, the sequester became all the rage in Washington, D.C., and the 50 states.

Almost no sector of the economy is spared by these draconian reductions, but one of the hardest-hit sectors is the environment.

Between government subsidies for solar, wind and other renewable energy sources, grant money to cutting-edge private companies, and cleanup and rescue efforts for everything from oil spills to fisheries to wildlife preservation, the environmental funding has taken a major hit. Read more

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