OSHA drafts guidelines to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

Released by OSHA, Ergonomics for Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards will provide practical recommendations for employers to minimize number and severity of workplace injuries in their facilities by identifying, evaluating, and controlling hazards. Public is invited to submit comments to draft guidelines until Nov 13, 2007.

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Gallagher nominated to be 14th NIST director.

On Sept 10, the White House announced President's Barack Obama's intention to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be 14th director of NIST. Gallagher, who has a doctorate in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, came to NIST Center for Neutron Research in 1993 to pursue research in neutron and X-ray instrumentation and studies of soft-condensed matter systems. In 2004, he became director...

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NIST Workshop covers standards for voting machine data.

Common Data Format Workshop, to be held October 29 and 30, will address creation of common digital language for electronic voting system data. Workshop will bring together election officials, auditors, manufacturers, testing labs, and others involved in election analysis, and will aim to establish agreement on what goals of common format should be. In addition to auditability and transparency,...

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Two Experts named to earthquake advisory board.

Two distinguished earthquake experts have been named to serve on Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program by Patrick Gallagher, deputy director of NIST and acting NEHRP Interagency Coordinating Committee chair. New ACEHR members are John Hooper, director, Earthquake Engineering, of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA, and...

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Precision Metalforming Association

PMA releases September 2009 Business Conditions Report.

According to Sept 2009 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are less optimistic about trend in general activity and in expectations for new orders over next 3-month period than they were 1 month ago. Forty-seven percent of participants anticipate improvement in overall economic activity, down from 57% in August and 51% predict increase in orders, down from 62% in August. However,...

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American National Standards Institute

ANSI will host ISO General Assembly in 2012.

ANSI announced its intention to host 35th General Assembly of ISO for Standardization in San Diego. Formal offer and acceptance will be made at ISO Council meeting in September 2010. As host, ANSI will reaffirm U.S.'s commitment to international standardization; raise awareness of ISO to U.S. industry management; and contribute to spirit of international cooperation in standardization community....

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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Standard provides guidance for DOE federal standard.

Issued by the U.S. DOE, proposed federal standard for vending machines is based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 32.1-2004, Methods of Testing for Rating Vending Machines for Bottled, Canned and Other Sealed Beverages, which establishes uniform testing of refrigerated vending machines to determine energy consumption. DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards, finding that such standards would...

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NIST Judges pick 15 organizations for final Baldrige review.

Panel of judges has selected 15 organizations for final review stage for 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Experts will visit 2 organizations in manufacturing category, 2 in small business, 1 in education, 8 in health care, and 2 nonprofits, noting operational strengths and opportunities for improvement. Award recipients are expected to be announced in late November. Named after...

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Kroger Retail Chain joins ZigBee Board of Directors.

The ZigBee Alliance announced that Kroger, the nation's largest grocery retailer, is now a Promoter level member and the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors. Kroger, which joined the ZigBee Alliance as a Participant member in 2008, spans 31 states with a variety of store formats and will play a key role in leading efforts to expand ZigBee use in the retail industry as well as...

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Wells Manufacturing LLC

Inc. Magazine Unveils Exclusive List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies - the Inc. 5000

WELLS MANUFACTURING Ranks No. 943 on the 2009 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 322.6% NEW YORK, August 12, 2009 - Inc. magazine today ranked WELLS MANUFACTURING No. 943 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy-America's...

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