Can ESFR Early Suppression, Fast Response Sprinklers Be Used For Rack Storage With Solid Shelving?

There are a lot of issues with warehouses and storage building that make these facilities a significant risk as a fire hazard. The very nature of how the material is stored in these buildings, including being up on racks with solid shelving, creates challenges for fire suppression systems to have the ability to slow down or even stop the spread of the fire.  Additionally, the combustible types of storage racks and solid shelves can also become fuel, and they can easily become unstable during a fire. This leads to an increased risk of not only damage to the stored materials,
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Benefits To A Business In Participating In Local Charity Involvement

There is a lot of information online and in any number of workshops and seminars about the importance for a business to create a message of their mission, philosophy, and values. While this may seem like a “make work” exercise that business leadership trainers are using as a hot, trending topic, it is really a wonderful opportunity for a business or a company to engage with the community and to also support local charities.  There are some predictable and some not as apparent benefits or outcomes in working closely with a charity. A local organization can be particularly a good
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Tips For Handling Employee Complaints And Issues Effectively

Whenever there are people working together, there is the potential for problems and issues. Sometimes these are issues between a manager or a supervisor and an employee, sometimes they are between employees, or sometimes they are issues an employee has with the job. There are also some employees that seem to have grievances no matter what is happening in the workplace, and this can also be a challenge.  Regardless of the cause of the complaint, how you initially handle the issue when it is brought to your attention has a big impact on either resolving the issue or creating more
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The Impact Of Temperature Change On Dry Pipe Systems

In different types of climates and in various types of buildings, facilities, and venues, the standard type of sprinkler systems are simply not a possibility. The standard type of wet system has water present in the pipes of the system on an ongoing basis. While this is fine for areas where there is a consistent temperature, such as an office building or a home, it becomes problematic in unheated areas or when refrigeration systems are in place.   The Basics of a Dry Pipe Sprinkler System In these types of applications, a dry pipe sprinkler system is the ideal option.
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Tips For Keeping Fire Department Connections Free From Obstructions

When it comes to providing the safest possible environment in any type of building or facility, ensuring that all safety measures are in place and are correctly maintained should be at the top of the list. For use in an emergency situation, fire department connections (FDCs) are utilized to allow fire departments to quickly and easily find the connection and hook up to the system. In the United States, these fire department connections are positioned according to the National Fire Protection Association standards for the specific property or building. This, in turn, is based on the International Fire Code. The
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Staying Cool Through The Dog Days Of August

Throughout all areas of the country, August is typically the hottest month. With long days and temperatures that can easily reach triple digits, it is essential for companies to provide safety talks to all employees working outdoors about staying cool and staying safe. One of the most effective ways to keep employees safe is to provide education. Having a health and safety expert come in and talk about the danger of heatstroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion can often provide a highly informed training that may carry more significance than having a supervisor or manager give the talk. It also allows
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The Benefits Of Fostering Team Empowerment

Empowerment is a buzz word that is used in a lot of different settings. As a very basic definition, empowerment provides an individual or a team with the ability to make decisions by providing authority and giving responsibility to the individual or the group. A good way to think about empowerment is to consider it the complete opposite of micromanaging. This is not to say the team has all the authority or all the decision making power, but they are able to make decisions and take on responsibilities as designated by the team leader. This is true for the management
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Warm-Ups Are Not Only For Baseball – The Importance Of The Steam Warm-Up Valve

Operating a steam system requires the right equipment, parts, and components for reliability and long duty cycles. The startup of the steam system can be a particularly problematic time in the operation as there are high levels of both condensation as well as expansion in the system due to the presence of steam. To address these issues and to protect the system as a whole for the startup process, a steam warm-up valve is an essential component to have in place. The use of this valve is to control the presence of steam in the pipe to allow for safe
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Scissor Lifts – Easy To Use But High Rates Of Injuries

Scissor lifts are a versatile option for moving people and materials vertically in warehouses, inventory rooms, and on construction sites. Unfortunately, they are often used incorrectly and without attention to safety. This results in an increased risk of injuries on the job, and it can also pose life-threatening safety issues that could be prevented with knowledge and training.  Training Each manufacturer has specific recommendations of the given make and model of scissor lift. It is vital that all employees operating the scissor lift be trained in the specifics for that model, including maximum lift and maximum weight capacity.  Training should
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The Toilet Paper Problem For Commercial Drain Lines

One of the critical balancing points for any commercial building plumbing system is the reduction in the amount of water used for flushing of toilets and the subsequent problems with blockages in commercial drain lines. With water-saving incentives in place, and an increasing number of low flow toilets (also known as high-efficiency toilets), there is an increasing risk of blockages in the drain lines, which can result in backflow through fixtures, increased costs of plumbing repairs and slow draining toilets throughout a building. According to studies completed by PERC, or the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition, the issues with blockages in
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