A Complex Environment

My May Break Room column, “Broken Glass,” along with the workplace violence series that prompted it, apparently struck a chord with many readers who wrote in to share their thoughts. “Broken Glass” focused on how domestic violence can too easily become workplace violence. And while many of us might hear “domestic violence” and immediately assume iit’s a case of a man abusing a woman, it doesn’t always work that way. Take it from this reader, whose family was personally touched by domestic violence: Hello Laura, and thanks for your great editorial, “Broken Glass.” Thank you for writing the article as “gender neutral.” All too often, today men are being blamed as […]

Keeping the Fourth Fun and Safe

The Fourth of July is days away, with families and friends getting together to celebrate with fireworks, picnics and more. After Independence Day, news reports are filled with stories of injuries and fires related to fireworks. Burns and injuries to the eyes are not uncommon when safety precautions are not followed for fireworks. FEMA is offering these tips to help everyone celebrate a safe Fourth of July: Make sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose readily accessible in case of fire or other mishap. Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing into the trash […]

OSHA Settles With ConAgra Foods to Protect Workers from Anhydrous Ammonia Releases

The agreement protects workers at Idaho, Arkansas, Missouri and Ohio facilities of the Nebraska-based company. It requires ConAgra to implement controls to reduce hazards associated with release of ammonia from low pressures receivers (LPRs). Among other products, Lamb Weston manufacturers Arby’s Seasoned Curly Fries. “This agreement ensures that ConAgra will protect workers from releases of ammonia by enclosing older LPRs that were not already enclosed, and by providing other controls such as normal and emergency ventilation to prevent exposure,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “OSHA’s corporate-wide settlement agreements are highly effective tools for ensuring that companies take a systemic approach to addressing […]

Liverpool John Moores University uses Riedel Intercom System to connect new Screen School facilities

Main control room at Liverpool John Moores University Designed and specified by Drama by Design, and supplied and integrated by Sony Broadcast, Riedel’s Artist and Performer systems support communications between control rooms for the school’s large full-HD TV studio and a smaller full-HD news studio, the cameras on each studio floor, the technician’s office, and the central technical room. The product combination allows the LJMU facility to integrate both studios into one system and to establish talkback into the studios, the green room, and preshow areas. The Performer C22 partyline system interface converts two two-channel Cat5 matrix ports to two phantom-powered digital beltpack lines and vice versa, enabling integration of […]

Martin Audio speakers installed inside €50m Kaunas Arena in Lithuania

Martin Audio loudspeakers inside the Kaunas Arena in Lithuania Owned by the Kaunas City government, the  €50m Žalgiris Arena is the largest in the Baltic states. A Martin Audio H3+ horn-loaded system, proposed by Martin Audio’s Lithuanian distributors, Audiotonas, was chosen as it met the overall specification and could also be used for basketball or ice hockey matches. Audiotonas co-owner, Algirdas Sidiskis, said: “During basketball play, in particular, we typically have audience noise crossing over at 105dB — and thanks to the H3+ the bowl sound can be heard loud and clear above it. On top of that, powerful enclosures, run with no subwoofer support, are great for the music […]

Augmented reality app Blippar announces partnership with F1 driver Max Chilton

The Blippar logo on the car of F1 driver Max Chilton In addition to featuring on the nose of Chilton’s car, the Blippar logo, when blipped, will trigger exclusive multimedia content featuring Max Chilton. Photo cards of Max Chilton will also be Blippar enabled to launch multimedia content when blipped. When the logo is blipped using the Blippar app, fans will be given access to multimedia content personally introduced by Max Chilton. The blipp will include video content that will be updated with each Grand Prix. The first videos will feature an interview with Max and Martin Brundle and a tour of the Marussia F1 car factory. The blipp will […]