Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety
The National Fire Protection Association Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund awarded four students scholarships based on their academic achievement, leadership abilities, contributions to fire safety activities and pursuit of careers in fire safety.
Venture Development Corp., Natick, Mass., developed a market study, “Intrinsic Safety Devices: Global Market Assessment, Sec. Edition”. The market study estimates the total 2006 worldwide shipments for wireless intrinsically safe devices and equipment at $271.5-mil. and predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8%, and reaching $432.7-mil. by 2011.
VaporLok Products LLC, a health and safety company headquartered in Mankato, Minn, has joined the efforts of Wal-Mart to help answer the question of what to do with burned-out fluorescent lamps.
The Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel’s Shark Reef attraction, Las Vegas’ only American Zoo and Aquarium Assn. accredited Animal Care Facility, contains more than 1,200 aquatic species including sharks, crocodiles, piranhas, rays, sea turtles, jellyfish and other freshwater and saltwater fish. Maintaining the water environment for these very special species is a great challenge for the life support crew. More than 1.6 million gallons of water is recycled hourly through the vast array of pipes and water treatment equipment.gallons of freshwater is delivered to the exhibit daily. The recycled and incoming water can be treated consistently, but only with the use of reliable analytical equipment. Salinity, pH, ORP, flow, and temperature are the measured parameters and controlling them ensures water quality. The pH ofthe incoming city water to the exhibit is never consistent due to the various drought conditions and elements that the water will carry. The recycled water also contains microorganisms and fish waste and must be treated before it is sent back into the exhibits. Throughout the exhibits’ensor.
For helping to restore critical fire and life-safety protection in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a major industry player is tipping its hat to the Hilton Hotels Corp. According to Michael Lohr, director of service marketing for SimplexGrinnell, the hotel chain stepped forward to provide the fire-protection and life-safety company with hotel space to support its displaced employees and to provide a staging base for the service technicians repairing and retesting fire and life-safety systems damaged by the disaster and subsequent flooding. “This gesture says a lot about Hilton as a company and about the strength of our relationship,” said Lohr, who added the two have had a longtime business relationship. “It helped some of our employees whose own lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina. At the same time, Hilton has contributed to the well-being of the community by supporting SimplexGrinnell’s efforts, under the most difficult of circumstances, to provide fire and life-safety protection.”.
Studies show that one of employees’ highest priorities is achieving a healthy balance between professional career and private life, says Kim McLean, a SullivanKreiss market sector leader whose area of focus includes A/E design firms. “This concern is especially prominent among younger employees,” she writes in the SullivanKreiss Executive Search Newsletter for Aug 2005, “who seem less satisfied with working conditions than previous generations.” According to McLean, a survey of 7,718 Americans aged 18 and over, conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc. for Age Wave, an independent think tank, found that just 45% of employees are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their jobs. Younger workers are the most distressed, and they feel the least amount of loyalty to their employers, the survey, released earlier this year, found. “Maybe it’s not surprising that younger workers are more dissatisfied with their jobs and are less loyal to their employers,” writes McLean.
In the June 2005 issue of the SullivanKreiss Executive Search Newsletter, executive search pro John Kreiss offers advice on the right way to fire an employee. “’You’re fired,’ or the numerous less harsh euphemisms, are the hardest words for any manager, with the possible exception of Donald Trump,” writes Kreiss. “Indeed, firing an employee is probably the most stressful and difficult task for managers. While it’s never easy, handling the situation properly can minimize the negative repercussions for all involved and mitigate the impact on the organization’s morale.” Kreiss also points out that every firm should have policies in place to mitigate the possibility of wrongful termination lawsuits. Some of the important points to consider, according to Kreiss, are the following: New employees.
Designers of engineered fire-protection systems will be happy to know that at least one thing that puts their systems to the test has abated in recent years. According to a recent report from the National Fire Protection Assn., in 2003, the rate of arson offenses relative to population decreased by 6% from the previous year. The number of intentionally set structure fires in 2003 dropped to 37,500, marking the lowest number recorded in the 27 years studied. This figure does not include suspicious fires or fires with undetermined causes, but if those are included, recent numbers are still the lowest NFPA has ever recorded.
The markets for fire protection showed high growth rates worldwide during 2003 and 2004—mainly in China—says a recent report from German consultant Helmut Kaiser Consultancy. Moreover, it is expected to increase 6% to 15% per year until 2008, depending on the segment. Fire-protection markets are more and more global for key applications, technologies and materials, says Helmut Kaiser, creating millions of new jobs. The market increase is being driven by more damage to assets, more fire events around the world, climate change but also new technologies and companies.
The CAD Society announced L. Stephen Wolfe, P.E., publisher and CEO of CAD/CAM Publishing, Inc., as the winner of the 2004 CAD Society Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. The not-for-profit CAD industry user association presented the award on April 3 at COFES2004: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, held in Scottsdale, Ariz.