May 10, 2012 · 2:39 PM
Hot summer working conditions are right around the corner. As part of its “Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has announced the availability of its “Heat Safety Tool” for iPhone and Android.
According to OSHA’s website, the App:
allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple “click,” you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness — reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
Check out the App, and stay cool, everyone.
October 13, 2011 · 6:54 AM
The International Code Council (“ICC”) has announced the availability of the 2012 North Carolina Building Codes. The ICC’s press release summarizes some of the key code changes as follows:
One of the most visible changes to the 2012 codes is the inclusion of live/work unit provisions (North Carolina Building Code Section 419) to help building code officials better manage mixed commercial and residential properties in neighborhoods, buildings and within unit types. North Carolina Fire Code Section 404.3.3 includes requirements for school lockdown plans and other similar occupancies while the North Carolina Mechanical Code Section 504.8 has new provisions for common exhaust systems for clothes dryer ducts in multistory structures. Increased safety provisions in the North Carolina Residential Code Section R312.2 now address child protection and fall prevention for windows located more than 6-feet above the exterior grade.
The following 2012 codes are available now: Building, Fire Prevention, Fuel Gas, Mechanical and Plumbing. The 2012 Residential Code, Administrative Code & Policies, Energy Conservation Codes and North Carolina Electrical Code (2011 edition) are scheduled for release in January, and are currently available for pre-order. The entire 2012 North Carolina Building Code Collection, in soft cover, PDF Download and CD formats, will be available as a single package in March. Ordering information can be found here. The N.C. Office of the State Fire Marshal has uploaded the amendments to the 2009 Codes here.
FYI, the 2009 Codes are applicable to all permits issued before March 1, 2012.