Available from ASTM International, STP 1565, Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles, features 15 peer-reviewed papers that provide latest information on silica and associated respirable mineral particles, with respect to current rulemaking activity from OSHA. Publication demonstrates that it is possible to accurately measure respirable crystalline silica using properly applied analytical techniques employing appropriate calibration and highest levels of quality control. Read More
Cited for his leadership in renewable and clean energy sectors as well as promoting national balanced energy policies, Dan Arvizu, director of Energy Department's NREL, has been elected to membership in National Academy of Engineering. NREL director since 2005, Arvizu is also president of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Arvizu holds bachelor's in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and a master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Read More
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security adopted Payne amendment, which is backed by NEMA and will result in assessment of actions needed to expand and strengthen capabilities of electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from natural disaster or cyberattack. Specifically, amendment directs National Research Council to conduct study on resiliency and reliability of USA's power grid and related issues. Read More
Beginning in February 2014, Solvent Wipe rule from EPA will provide new exclusions for shop towels and wipes if they are managed correctly. Environmental Resource Center's Solvent Wipe Rule webcast aims to help understand answers to critical issues, such as applicability to cloth and paper wipes and rags, permissible types of solvents, towels that contain characteristic hazardous waste, and more. Course will be held from 1 to 2 pm Eastern Time on February 13 and 21 and March 7 and 19. Read More
On February 25, AIM will bring together international leaders in the automatic identification and data capture industry for the inaugural meeting of the newly created AIM Europe. Event will feature presentations by C-level executives from Russia, China, Germany, and the U.S., as well as the first gathering of AIM Europe’s members from around the globe. Roundtable will coincide with LogiMAT 2014, the leading International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow. Read More
FAA is proposing $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services of North Las Vegas, NV for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations with its shipment of one quart of high gloss enamel paint on August 29, 2013. Workers discovered leaking paint had soaked through shipping box, and investigators determined shipment was not accompanied by proper shipping papers. Also, box was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with regulations. Read More
FAA is proposing $204,050 civil penalty against Sierra Academy of Aeronautics of Atwater, CA for allegedly operating 9 Cessna 152 airplanes for total of 358 flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Allegedly, Sierra mechanics failed to inspect planes' seat locking pins according to requirements of an Airworthiness Directive (AD). Also, FAA alleges Sierra improperly recorded maintenance log entry for one of said aircraft. Read More
By simplifying design approval requirements for angle of attack (AOA) indicators, FAA hopes to improve safety in small aircraft. AOA devices are cockpit instruments that supplement airspeed indicators and stall warning systems to alert pilots of low airspeed condition before dangerous aerodynamic stall occurs. Calling this "a win-win situation," U.S. DoT Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "we are improving safety by streamlining regulations and cutting red tape."