OSHA Focuses on Isocyanates Via National Emphasis Program

On Dec. 3, 1984, over 40 tons of methyl isocyanate and other lethal gases including hydrogen cyanide, leaked into the northern end of Bhopal, killing over 3,000 people in its immediate aftermath and causing ongoing health issues for thousands more. More recently, a large explosion and fire that took the lives of two workers and injured several more at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute, W. Va., in August 2008 was caused by a thermal runaway reaction during the production of an insecticide containing methyl isocyanate. OSHA’s new National Emphasis Program for isocyanates will target the serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates. OSHA develops national emphasis programs to […]

Suncoke Agrees to Pay $2 Million to Settle Clean Air Violations

SunCoke Energy Inc. and two of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $1.995 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations of emission limits at the Gateway Energy and Coke plant in Granite City, Ill., and the Haverhill Coke plant in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. The companies also will spend $255,000 on a lead abatement project in southern Illinois to reduce lead hazards in owner-occupied low income residences with priority given to families with young children or pregnant women. The companies will pay a penalty of $1.27 million to the United States, $575,000 to the state of Illinois, and $150,000 to the state of Ohio. Illinois and Ohio are co-plaintiffs in […]

Not Quiet Before the Storm: Calming Employees’ Pre-Hurricane Fears

Recent uneventful hurricane seasons have done little to calm Florida workers’ fear of hurricanes, according to a new study by Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran professor of business administration at the Florida State University College of Business. For his study, Hochwarter surveyed approximately 600 full-time Florida workers prior to the onset of the 2013 hurricane season and found these workers had levels of anxiety comparable to those reported in years when hurricane season was more active. For example, one-half of the individuals surveyed admitted they were worried about the impact a hurricane would have on both their home and work. More than one-third (34 percent) indicated that even the thought […]

Digital Projection adds to EMEA team

Dirk Siedle, Digital Projection Dirk Siedle joins the company as European sales and marketing manager, tasked with developing the company’s business in Europe. Siedle joins from GMK Germany, an AV integrator he set up and has been the MD with for over 17 years. He will be based in Stuttgart, Germany. Tim Wood, Digital Projection Tim Wood joins Digital Projection as regional sales manager for the Middle East and Turkey. He joins from projectiondesign, and has experience in providing projection systems for corporate AV, simulation, scientific visualisation and staging and rental. Wood will be based in Dubai, UAE, where he has been a resident for more than 20 years. Your […]

REA Sound specifies Martin Audio Omniline for NI church upgrade

Donaghcloney Church, Northern Ireland The church’s previous system, installed in the early 1980’s, had reached end of life and the sound quality had deteriorated dramatically. Seeking a solution that would take them far into the future, they also simultaneously commissioned a complete visual display system, with PTZ cameras, projectors and screens. Rea Sound’s Projects manager, Roger McMullan said: “They had requested that the system be sensitive to the Church environment, with low visibility, and they took my word that it would do what I promised it would.” That included delivering consistent audio coverage with accuracy, requiring only one amplifier channel per array. The OmniLine optimisation was implemented by Rea Sound’s […]

Not Quiet Before the Storm: Calming Employees’ Pre-Hurricane Fears

Recent uneventful hurricane seasons have done little to calm Florida workers’ fear of hurricanes, according to a new study by Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran professor of business administration at the Florida State University College of Business. For his study, Hochwarter surveyed approximately 600 full-time Florida workers prior to the onset of the 2013 hurricane season and found these workers had levels of anxiety comparable to those reported in years when hurricane season was more active. For example, one-half of the individuals surveyed admitted they were worried about the impact a hurricane would have on both their home and work. More than one-third (34 percent) indicated that even the thought […]