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Comments Sought on field of technical activity on HR management.

August 4, 2010

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), member of ANSI, submitted proposal to ANSI for new field of technical activity for ISO on human resource (HR) management. Proposed activity would offer broad, coordinated guidance to HR practitioners and harmonize disparate practices for benefit of organizations and their employees. ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by August 20, 2010. Read More

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NEMA's North American Confidence Index slid in July.

August 4, 2010

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions declined nearly 7 points in July, falling to 63.5 from 70.4 one month earlier. While indes reading implies economic environment faced by electrical equipment manufacturers continued to improve on balance in July, fewer panelists reported improvement than those last several months. Also, EBCI for future North American conditions dropped 12.7 points to 57.7 in July, its second drop in as many months. Read More

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Standard addresses testing of satellite positioning devices.

August 3, 2010

ASABE announced publication of international standard that provides procedure for evaluating and reporting accuracy of navigation data determined using positioning devices that are based on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, or similar global navigation satellite systems. Because satellite positioning devices have become more common in agricultural applications, ISO 12188 focuses on performance of positioning devices while they are subject to motions typical of ground-based agricultural field operations. Read More

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EPRI Report measures consumers' interest in electric vehicles.

August 3, 2010

According to report from EPRI, 95% of people surveyed in Southern California say they would prefer to charge their electric vehicle at home, and 62% say they have a 3-prong, 120 V outlet that fulfills basic requirement for home charging. For 240 V charging, about 83% report having 240 V service in their residence, but may require an additional outlet closer to vehicle. About 75% said would pay a 33% premium over slower, at-home rate to fast charge at public facility. Read More

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TIA and SEMA create Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas.

August 3, 2010

Global Tire Expo by TIA, taking place as part of 2010 SEMA Show, will be held Tuesday-Friday, November 2-5, at Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 135 educational seminars will be available, including 70 sessions that address general business and management issues and 4 educational session tracks being held by TIA. Over 26% of buyers at 2009 SEMA Show sought tires and related equipment, so event will serve as convenient stop for 50,000-plus buyers that attend SEMA Show yearly. Read More

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Landmark ADA of 1990 is honored, revised 20 years later.

August 3, 2010

Signed into law on July 26, 1990, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities. Institute continues, two decades later, to advocate accessibility as essential building safety component and lists accessibility among requirements of high-performance buildings. On July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed regulations revising Department of Justice's Title II and III ADA requirements. Revisions go into effect in 6 months. Read More

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David Cummings to present keynote at ISA Automation Week.

August 3, 2010

ISA announced that process safety expert David Cummings, Global Process Safety Management Competency Leader for DuPont Safety, Health, and Environment, will deliver keynote address on Oct 6 at ISA Automation Week 2010. His presentation will explore key elements required to implement and maintain a consistent and highly reliable program to prevent process incidents, including risk management systems, safety culture, operational discipline, and organization learning. Read More

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AMCA seeks volunteers to serve on Review Committee.

August 3, 2010

Approaching its periodic review period, ANSI AMCA 230-07 describes laboratory method of test for air circulating fans, which are defined as fans used for moving air within a space, are unconnected to any ducting, and are usually without a housing. Committee members would be expected to participate in drafting, review, and resolution of any and all comments on standard until revised standard is approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. Read More

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FAA Finds Mexico does not meet ICAO safety standards.

August 3, 2010

U.S. DoT's FAA, after assessing Mexico's civil aviation authority, announced Mexico does not comply with international safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As a result, U.S. is downgrading Mexico from Category 1 to Category 2. International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 2 means Mexican air carriers cannot establish new service to U.S. but can maintain existing service. FAA will work with Mexico's government to help reestablish Category 1 rating. Read More

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EPA announces nation's top 50 green power organizations.

August 3, 2010

The Green Power Partnership's top purchasers use more than 12 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1 million average American homes. Green Power helps to prevent emissions from conventional power sources that are linked to harmful air pollution and climate change. Top 5 on list include Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, City of Houston, and Dell Inc. Read More

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Courses Related to Standard 90.1 will be offered this fall.

August 3, 2010

Two new courses related to Standard 90.1 - Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical (October 18 and 25) and Envelope/Lighting (October 20) - are part of 12 online professional development courses being offered this fall by ASHRAE through ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). Attendees can log in from anywhere via Internet connection and will earn 3 professional development hours, .3 continuing education units, or 3 AIA learning units for each seminar completed. Read More

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ACGIH Webinar to address industrial hygienists' ethical dilemmas.

August 2, 2010

Scheduled for Nov 16, 2010, Industrial Hygienists' Ethical Dilemmas: Basic Principles and Resolution Strategies webinar will provide industrial hygienists with overview of code and principles, rationale for their existence, and importance of ethical codes to professions. Participants will learn effective strategies for avoiding ethical conflicts. After several ethical dilemmas are presented as case studies, participants will use multiple tools and resources to resolve scenarios. Read More

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WirelessHART® approved as European National Standard.

August 2, 2010

HART® Communication Foundation announced that the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved WirelessHART® specification as European National Standard EN 62591. CEN released the standard to CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, whose members are the national electrotechnical committees of 31 European countries. Approval confirms global acceptance of WirelessHART technology by users and suppliers. Read More

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NREL Solar Collector pre-heats air coming into buildings.

August 2, 2010

By using dark-colored, perforated metal plate on south side of a building, NREL scientists have perfected a way for buildings to pre-heat air coming in, reducing need for additional heating energy. Fan added to building's existing ventilation system slowly draws warmed ventilation air into building through plate. Solar energy absorbed by dark plate is transferred to air flowing through it, efficiently preheating air going into building as much as 40°F. Read More

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NTSB Safety Recommendations A-10-105 through -118 issued to FAA.

August 2, 2010

NTSB's recommendations include guidelines for research into effects of wind conditions at airports located downwind of mountainous terrain, and call for archiving of low-level windshear alert system data at these airports. They also cover rules for air traffic controllers on providing pilots with wind data and use of acquired data in pilot simulator training programs. Safety of cockpit crew seats and modification of galley latches to include mechanical fasteners is also covered. Read More

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Manufacturers support passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

July 30, 2010

According to NAM President and CEO John Engler, manufacturers are pleased that the Senate passed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, HR 4380. NAM has been working to educate Congress on the importance of this bill and how it will preserve and expand American jobs. Legislation will also cut costs of doing business in U.S. and boost American manufacturing exports. Studies show that if enacted, these provisions would increase production by $4.6 billion and support almost 90,000 jobs. Read More

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Airport Upgrade Made Possible by Recovery Act funding.

July 30, 2010

US DoT's FAA celebrated opening of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's upgrade, which was paid for with $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Specifically, money helped Chattanooga Airport complete aircraft parking area that will aid in relieving congestion. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt noted, "Recovery Act dollars are helping airports of all sizes maintain and improve their critical infrastructure." Read More

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ASHRAE VP testifies to DOE on sustainable design standards.

July 30, 2010

U.S. DOE hearing on July 27 covered notice of proposed rulemaking on energy efficiency and sustainable design standards for new federal buildings and major renovations of them. ASHRAE VP Ross Montgomery encouraged DOE's Federal Energy Management Program to reference ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 compliance option of IGCC to meet requirements in rulemaking. Standard is first code-intended green building standard in U.S. and covers topics similar to green building rating systems. Read More

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Senate Commended on Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act.

July 30, 2010

NEMA commends US Senate on its passage, by unanimous consent, of S. 3250, the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, which will help reduce energy consumption of federal government by training federal facility managers to implement and properly use existing energy-efficient technologies. While encouraging House to follow suit, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said this can help reduce overall dependence on foreign oil while also reducing carbon footprint of federal government. Read More

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Equipment Finance Economic Activity shows modest growth.

July 30, 2010

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for June up 6% against same period in 2009 and up 25% compared to prior month. Receivables over 30 days declined to 3.3%, while charge-offs showed slight increase from prior month but steep decline from one year earlier. Also, number of credit approvals climbed to 70% in June, and 2/3 of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval during month. Read More