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The working-at-heights training of more than 120,000 Ontario workers is set to expire over the next six months. This training is mandatory, but many training providers have shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is giving workers in the construction sector an extra year to renew their training if they work at heights. Workers who successfully completed their working-at-heights training between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017, would have had their training ended this year. Now, it will now end in 2021. To enable this extension, Ontario has amended the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation. The regulation is under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The extension ensures affected workers can continue to work, and construction continues, when possible. The health and well-being of every Ontario resident is the ministry's number one priority. Please refer to the following website for more information. English: https://www.ontario.ca/page/training-working-heights French: https://www.ontario.ca/fr/page/formation-pour-le-travail-en-hauteur Source: Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
As multiple state and government agencies have limited travel and ordered people to shelter in their place of residence, essential businesses like Greenheck Group are addressing new challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Greenheck Group manufactures a wide variety of commercial air movement, control and conditioning equipment, including ventilation, exhaust and damper products that are necessary to create safe environments for healthcare workers and patients in hospitals, surgical suites, laboratories and senior care centers. Hospitals across the U.S. are asking contractors to build more patient isolation rooms and testing facilities to accommodate the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. In March, urgent orders for Greenheck Group products have been received from around the country, and the company responded quickly. A couple examples include: Greenheck was engaged by hospitals in California and Virginia to provide Vektor and FumeJet lab exhaust equipment for new patient isolation rooms. Typically, this equipment requires weeks to manufacture and ship. Greenheck expedited the orders for 10-day shipping. A south Florida hospital is converting a patient space into a COVID-19 ICU. Airflow is critically important. Greenheck's Kentucky plant manufactured a vital louver product in one day and airfreighted it to the jobsite. In addition, to keep team members, families and communities safe at all its manufacturing facilities, the company has implemented a comprehensive set of social distancing, workplace hygiene and illness response protocols. It also formed a COVID-19 Response Team, which implemented policies based on CDC guidelines: Inbound and outbound travel was stopped Time gap was created between shift changes to prevent exposure Sanitization of workspaces and common areas before and after each shift Removal of all shared vending, coffee and water from facilities Developed a remote worker program Expanded employee absence guidelines In addition, the company expanded its existing absence policies by creating the “Emergency Absence System.” A support line was launched, and team members were given the ability [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
The National Association of Workforce Boards and the signatory Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association have formed a partnership that will strengthen the relationship between local workforce development boards and the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, with a mutual goal of supporting the workforce needs of the sheet metal industry across the country. NAWB and SMACNA believe collaboration is one of the most effective ways workforce development boards and the industry can meet their respective objectives. The partnership will work to establish relationships between SMACNA's network of 97 chapters and 1,834 members and workforce development boards and one-stop centers. The partnership will also build awareness for and increase the use of SMACNA/SMART apprenticeship, training and certification programs that match industry workforce needs and help workforce development boards place more clients in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. Information on the sheet metal industry will be regularly shared with workforce development boards through NAWB publications, podcasts, conferences and a website that will highlight opportunities within the industry. Likewise, information on how to effectively connect and work with the boards will be shared by SMACNA with its chapters and members across the country. Jobseekers interested in learning more about careers in the sheet metal industry can visit SMACNA's career website, IgniteYourCareer.com. [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
MBizLink Trying to secure a supply of N95 disposable respirators for front-line workers has been a challenge for some HVAC/R and plumbing contracting firms, but there is a broader spectrum of respirator options that offer that level of protection, or more. Occupational health and safety supplier Major Safety has a great blog post that outlines several respirator ratings, including details on the nomenclature that you might run into when ordering PPE for your team. While N95 designated respirators have typically been what contractors order, the blog posting outlines the differences between these and R95, P95, N100 and P100 disposable respirators, and the relative level of protection offered by each. Click here to check out the post. [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
The National Air Filtration Association addresses questions from the field in light of the recent global pandemic. While many distributors are being asked to upgrade filter systems, manufacturers are being pressed to ship rush orders. And from the field, the association hears the same two questions being asked: What efficiency filters should I use to protect against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes the Covid-19 disease)? How do I protect my employees who are performing service work? In NAFA's search for sound yet common-sense answers to these questions and more, it recommends a two-page position document penned by Dr. Jeff Siegel titled, Air Filtration and COVID-19 What you need to know about keeping you and your building safe. Dr. Siegel is professor of civil and mineral engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada and a member of the university's Building Engineering Research Group. Prior to his present position, he was an associate professor at the University of Texas. In addition, he has spoken at numerous NAFA Technical Conferences. NAFA is also hosting a complimentary webinar from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, March 27. If unable to attend the live event, a recording can be accessed on the NAVA website following the session. Register here for the webinar. As NAFA finds usable documents, it will continue to build on the NAFA COVID-19 web page. In the meantime, it recommends reviewing the following four books: ASHRAE's HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics NAFA Guide to Air Filtration NAFA Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Air Filtration Systems manual (IOM) ASHRAE's Position Document on Airborne Infectious Disease For detailed information on personal protective equipment, visit the CDC site. [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
ASHRAE will offer a course on the role of HVAC systems in infection control in hospitals. The course, “Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems,” is one of 11 offerings in ASHRAE's spring online instructor-led course series, taking place on April 7. “Infection control is a primary purpose of HVAC systems in hospitals,” said course instructor, Dan Koenigshofer P.E., M.S. Public Health, HFDP, SASHE. “Although COVID-19 is not considered an airborne contagion, the design and operation strategies described in this course may be helpful during the current pandemic. It appears that COVID-19 can be transmitted through aerosols. The movement and concentration of aerosols can be influenced by the HVAC system. Thus, it's important for hospital engineers to understand the methods to remove and reduce airborne aerosols, using the HVAC system.” This three-hour course focuses on the design and operation of HVAC systems in healthcare facilities. The course details the relationship of infection control and HVAC design, including application of ASHRAE's HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition, and ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. Key elements covered in the course include: infection control, comfort, reliability, safety, maintenance, energy and flexibility. Course topics are as follows: Discussion of costs of Hospital-Associated Infections in the U.S. Controversial issues regarding HVAC and infection control such as air change rates and levels of filtration Engineering methods to maintain proper temperature and humidity How/why to pressurize to move air from clean to less clean areas The equation for the probability of getting an infection Reasons why the air velocity is limited – deposition and thermal plume The design of airborne infectious isolation rooms, protective isolation rooms, operating rooms, emergency depts, sterile processing department and infection control risk assessments The course will highlight the design, operation and methods of filtration, UV lighting and monitoring of pressure, temperature and humidity in HVAC systems for healthcare [...]
Mon, Mar 23, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
Registration is now open for the 2020 Spring online instructor-led course series from ASHRAE Learning Institute. The 11 online offerings, including three new courses, run from April through June. The new course “Principles of Building Commissioning: ASHRAE Guideline 0 and Standard 202,” taking place on April 20, explores the implications of employing the ASHRAE commissioning process during the acquisition of a building. The course references ASHRAE Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process and ASHRAE/IES Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems. “V in HVAC – What, Why, Where, How and How Much,” scheduled for May 14, teaches the basics of the ventilation and provides the current concepts behind the new ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. This new course covers the scope, application and multiple compliance paths available in the standard, including the ventilation rate procedure, indoor air quality procedure and natural ventilation procedure. Based on the new ASHRAE Cold-Climate Building Design Guide, the course Designing for Cold Climates, offered on June 2, enables engineers to develop design strategies and solutions that can be successfully applied in cold climates. The course covers health and safety in cold climates and how to achieve energy-efficient and net-zero design in these environments. The following is the full schedule of online instructor-led course offerings: April 21 New! Principles of Building Commissioning: ASHRAE Guideline 0 and Standard 202 April 23 Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Applications: Best Practices (Energy Saving Practices) April 30 Variable Refrigerant Flow System: Design and Applications May 5 Updated! Latest in High-Performance Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) May 7 Solar PV and Thermal Systems Analysis and Design May 13 Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems May 14 New! V in HVAC – What, Why, Where, How, and How Much May 21 Humidity Control I: Design Tips and Traps IAQ Practices May 26 Updated! Save 40% by Complying with Standard 90.1-2019 June 2 New! Designing for Cold Climates June 9 Successfully Managing the Risk of Legionellosis [...]
Wed, Mar 18, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
ASHRAE is accepting paper abstracts for Ventilation 2021: 13th International Industrial Ventilation Conference for Contaminant Control, taking place Aug. 15-18, 2021, in Toronto, Canada. The conference, hosted by ASHRAE, is held every three years and rotates between locations and organizers across Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. Key issues to be covered include: Occupational health, environmental emissions and safety considerations in industrial process ventilation system design and applications Innovations in ventilation system (equipment, innovative sensors measurements, energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability, etc.) Thermal hydraulic modeling, measurement and test & balancing techniques, AI applications, optimization models, data mining, etc. Industrial HVAC systems innovation & best practices (equipment, controls, risk management, energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability, etc.) Best practices and risk evaluations and management in industrial ventilation and air conditioning systems application (advanced manufacturing, healthcare/operating theaters, professional kitchens, clean spaces/nanotechnology, tunnel and mine ventilation, power plants, etc.) Best practices in data center and ventilation and air conditioning system design and applications Lesson learned in industrial ventilation and air conditioning systems design and applications Modeling advances (new techniques, automation, scripting, etc.) Filtration systems for contaminant control Abstract submissions are due October 2020. If accepted, papers will be due in March 2021. For more information and updates on Ventilation 2021, visit ashrae.org/ventilation2021. [...]
Mon, Mar 16, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
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