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Engineering Firm ENERCON Expands U.S. Operations To San Clemente

Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON) has added a San Clemente office located at 1201 Puerta Del Sol, to serve Southern California Edison’s (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station bringing the total number of ENERCON offices to 25, nationally and internationally.

ENERCON, specializing in environmental, engineering, licensing, technical and management services will be adding additional resources to support its nuclear utility clients as a result of this expansion.

ENERCON President John Richardson said, “Our Power Generation Division is opening an office in San Clemente to support a recently awarded Engineering Services Contract from Southern California Edison Company for its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Under this contract, ENERCON will be providing Design Engineering Services in the Civil, Structural, Electrical, Instrument and Control, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering disciplines. The opening of the San Clemente office is our third one in California.  Delivery of high-value services to our clients has continued to facilitate job growth and market expansion.”

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Dakshidin Update

Dakshidin Corporation Update. (Pink Sheets: DKSC)

Since the last update, Dakshiden Corporation has been struggling to complete and close an agreement with what initially appeared to be a very interested party however, to date has not been successful in doing so. After a number of meetings it emerged that the company that we were negotiating with had a number of internal issues to deal with prior to being able to make any commitment and eventually it abruptly ceased all correspondence with Dakshidin Corporation.

As a part of those negotiations, Dakshidin Corporation was undertaking a financial audit. Despite the fact that communications with the other party stopped prior to Dakshidin Corporation having to supply them the financial statements, we were still endeavoring to complete the audit but were unable to do so as a result of a lack of funds; in fact, the company has not had the funds necessary to provide regular updates.

As a result of this long period without sales, Dakshidin Corporation is once again in default with Restec LLC. however, Restec LLC has assured Dakshidin Corporation that an order of 50 windmills would cure this default. 50 windmills is the minimum order acceptable to the manufacturer.

Dakshidin Corporation is currently exploring other sources to initiate and close a deal for the manufacturing and sales of the water pumping windmills however, given the disappointing results of the past, we do not wish to give the impression that any deal is imminent. We will release updates as soon as there is something tangible to report.

Forward-Looking Statements: The information in this press release includes certain “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor provisions of Federal Securities Laws. Investors are cautioned that such statements are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including the future financial performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date of this release except as required by law.

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Capital Online Supply Green Power Steam Cleaners

Capital Online have pleasure in supplying the Green Power Dry Steam Cleaner which has a great advantage of filling an unfulfilled niche in the cleaning market place. Unfortunately in the cleaning business it is almost impossible to fill the cleaning market with a one size fits all machine and so the usual case is that sometimes there is a requirement for a range of equipment items in order to fully satisfy the requirements for a superb clean. The Green Power Dry Steam Cleaner is one of those pieces of equipment being a hand held small nozzled machine built specially to carry out its work in those areas which require small concentrated work areas and where it is impossible to use a large machine.

Capital Online supply already a nice line of large steam cleaners which will bottom clean large areas quickly and efficiently but any large building has small areas where the larger machines cannot get. This is particularly relevant to bathrooms and washrooms where there is a desperate requirement to obtain top of the range cleaning in difficult small spaces and niches. Places like around the toilet bowls or in the corners of shower cabinets are particularly vulnerable. Kitchens can also be places of serious risk of infections that require the best available cleaning equipment and techniques. Capital Online are also note that the unit is ideal for removal of chewing gum which is one of the worst problems that can be found in any cleaning system. The Green Power Dry Steam Cleaner is ideal for spot deposits of chewing gum as it lifts the gum by heating it and letting it gently peel away from the source of the deposit ready for disposal while leaving the base material undamaged.

Capital Online is particularly pleased with the operating cycle of this unit as it can be readied for usage in a very short time. This is ideal for a unit, as basically the steam cleaner can be left in storage until required by the operator. The unit takes approx. 20 seconds to heat the 500 ml of water that it uses to reach temperature of 120 degrees C which is the standard operating temperature of the Green Power unit. This start up time means that there is no demand for the unit to be filled and ready to go at all times although anticipation can remove some of the delays, certainly in can be readied and used in a matter of minutes. The temperature of 120 degrees C is such that it kills germs and bacteria and this has to be a major plus in the scheme of things and it is also ideal for serious spot and chewing gum removal which it does without any damage being done onto the carpet, rugs or upholstery on which it is found.

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Chiller Noise No Longer Problem After Acoustifence Barrier Installed

Installation of a 24-foot noise barrier utilizing Acoustifence outdoor sound abatement material at the new Sheboygan Festival Foods store is complete, ending complaints from nearby residents over extreme levels of noise leaking from the store’s industrial refrigeration chillers into the community.

Folks in Sheboygen were celebrating when the popular Wisconsin-based Festival Foods grocery chain opened the 70,000 square foot mega store here on September 16, 2011. Less than two weeks later, the community’s warm welcome had grown icy as neighbors began to complain about noise from the store’s industrial refrigeration chiller that was so loud, it violated the city’s noise ordinance.

Festival Foods enlisted the help of Acoustical Engineer Eric Wolfram of Milwaukee-based Scott R. Riedel & Associates, LTD, who consulted with Acoustiblok’s Jay Boland to choose Acoustifence noise barrier material, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. of Tampa Florida, to bring the decibel level down below the legal threshold and restore peace and quiet to the neighboring community.

When Wolfram first investigated the site in September, decibel readings ranged between 78.4 and 90.7, loud enough to be a risk for noise-related health problems to nearby residents and workers, had they been subjected to the noise over time. The Sheboygan Department of City Development demanded the level be reduced by at least five decibels, Wolfram said.

“The existing refrigeration pump and motor systems produce extreme noise levels,” Wolfram said. “This noise reverberates within the sheet-metal paneled enclosure interior and escapes through several different exhaust and ventilation openings.

“Additional noise was generated by the cooling and exhaust fans mounted above the enclosure.”

Working with sound consultants from Acoustiblok, Inc., Wolfram designed a two-step solution, creating a barrier with Acoustifence noise deadening material to block noise around the massive system, and incorporating another Acoustiblok product, QuietFiber, to help reduce sound from reflecting off of the taller adjacent building behind the chillers.

Minimal structural changes were required, as the ⅛- inch Acoustifence was easily attached to an existing chain link fence and the outdoor-rated QuietFiber with a perforated metal cover was capconed to the building.

The results were better than Wolfram had hoped, with decibel levels reduced to 57.3 the moment the barrier was in place – well below the City’s legal threshold, and more than 20 decibels lower than before the Acoustiblok products were installed. Neighbors are no longer bombarded with the irritating chiller noise, now replaced with the ordinary ambient sounds that existed before.

“Sounds from local traffic and roadways exceeded that of the compressor equipment after installation of the Acoustifence and QuietFiber products,” Wolfram said.

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., applauded Festival Foods’ quick action in addressing the noise complaints right away, stating that the product combination was the perfect solution for this particular type of noise challenge.

“The Acoustifence and QuietFIber treatments were the perfect solution for the Festival Foods chiller noise, as both of these materials are designed to hold up in inclement weather, and as you can see from the results, they do their job well beyond everyone’s expectations,” Johnson said. “The Acoustifence and Quiet Fiber are also substantially less costly than attempting a structural enclosure solution.”

For more information on industrial noise solutions, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Acoustiblok Creates Damped, Expandable Acoustical Envelope in New York ITB Recording Studio

Acoustiblok noise abatement material was installed in the nearly completed Artist Workshop Studios recording facility, an in-the-box (ITB) studio designed and built by Artist Workshop Studios owner Tom Donofrio. Acoustiblok was chosen to provide a sound barrier for the small, 12 foot x 12 foot basement studio that could drop decibels levels within the space and provide a neutral acoustical environment for recording.

Donofrio, an electrical engineer, and musician who has built recording studios in the past using different sound deadening materials, chose Acoustiblok for his newest project after consulting with Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc., because of its sound damping and noise blocking qualities, as well as its thin, flexible structure that adds no volume to walls within the studio space. Attached to the studs before drywall is hung, Acoustiblok performs without the need to add layers of rigid drywall or modified drywall, a method Donofrio used in the past with mixed results and significant floor space reduction.

“I was looking for a product that would lower the decibels in the studio without taking up any additional space,” Donofrio said. “I was able to achieve the neutral acoustics desired in the space, which makes me extremely happy.

“I didn’t want a sound quality that was too dead or too live, so the Acoustiblok turned out to be an excellent choice.”

Donofrio and a friend were able to hang the 3mm Acoustiblok on the newly framed stud walls within the studio space, including cutouts around a window and electric sockets, and seal the seams according to installation recommendations, all in less than four hours.

The Artist Workshop Studios recording space was built for Donofrio to indulge his own talents as an acoustical guitarist and vocalist, and to be made available to artists on a budget who need an affordable studio with high quality production equipment and the expertise of a seasoned technician to record a song or album.

“Acoustiblok is a perfect choice for establishing sound quality within a sound recording studio like this one,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Unlike additional drywall or other solid rigid materials used for sound reduction, the 1/8-inch heavy, limp Acoustiblok allows the room to be a damped, expandable acoustical envelope. As such, a studio or home theater has less reflection and actually sounds significantly better.”

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Quiet Fiber® Used to Quiet Industrial Generator Noise at Galleria 360 in Santo Domingo

Installation of 18,000 square feet of non-fiberlass Quiet Fiber® noise abatement material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed, 750,000 square foot Galleria 360 mall in Santo Domingo.

Quiet Fiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the mall’s generator and substation rooms. These rooms house the industrial emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.

The Galleria 360’s industrial generators, installed by Santa Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Edelca owner Carlos Montos, Edelca consulted with Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, Inc., and used Quiet Fiber on the project after achieving excellent results with Quiet Fiber on a similar project at the La Sirna Superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

“Even though Quiet Fiber is not the least expensive product on the market, I keep coming back to it because the results beat all the competitors’ noise deadening products with double the noise insulating qualities,” Montos said. “The customer on this job wanted to install a double layer of a different product but I convinced him to try the Quiet Fiber.

“I’ve been designing and installing these emergency generators for 20 years, and I have never had the results from other noise abatement products that I have with Quiet Fiber, and now I’m trying to use it everywhere.”

Montos says noise from these industrial generators on which the island has become dependent in order to maintain consistent power is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running. Not only is generator noise bad for business, but its constant drone can cause permanent hearing loss. Another important consideration in the selection of soundproofing material is its fire resistance.

Recently in Santo Domingo a serious fire started in a generator room, and the existing foam sound proofing material was a prime contributor. The fire caused Montos to search for a new fireproof solution. Quiet Fiber is fire resistant even at 2,000 degrees.

“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have an adequate level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montos said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and Quiet Fiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”

Montos and his crew were able to easily cut the Quiet Fiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.

The sound deadening qualities of Quiet Fiber will help to protect the mall’s employees, and streams of tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says that the application of Quiet Fiber in the Galleria 360 generator and substation rooms was exactly what was needed for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete walls.

“Quiet Fiber was designed with this type of hot, humid environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case with concrete walls, you need a product with proven maximum sound absorption, high temperature rating for fire blocking, and hydrophobic (resistant to moisture).”

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Play Safe And Follow The Law When Storing Fuel In Jerry Cans, Says Slingsby

With fuel shortages continuing to make headlines as Easter approaches, workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen jerry can sales treble over the last fortnight. As a result, the company has compiled a list of safety guidelines for anyone stockpiling fuel at home.

Even though strike action over the Easter bank holiday seems to have been ruled out, the threat of industrial action still looms, with the Unite union looking for guarantees of improved safety standards and working terms for tanker drivers. As a result, petrol retailers in the UK are continuing to report soaring sales and problems replenishing stocks to meet demand.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 products online and through its catalogues, said: “Sales of jerry cans to the domestic market have gone crazy since talk of a strike by tanker drivers began. When this is combined with the huge volumes of petrol and diesel that fuel retailers have sold in the last few days, and continued fears over potential strike action, it seems that a large proportion of people have listened to the government’s controversial advice and are storing fuel at home.

“We would always advise against stockpiling fuel because the explosion and fire risks can be disastrous, but if someone is adamant that they want to store fuel at home there are a number of guidelines that should always be followed”

Slingsby has compiled the following advice that anyone storing fuel should follow:

Approved storage solutions that are specifically designed for fuel must be used. Appropriate containers should be marked and fitted with a secure cap to prevent leakage of liquid and fuel vapours.

The maximum amount of fuel that can be legally stored at a domestic address is 30 litres, which must be kept in two 10 litre metal containers and two plastic containers with a maximum capacity of five litres each.

Using other combinations of containers, such as three, 10 litre metal containers or six of the five litre containers is illegal.

These limits also apply to any containers kept in vehicles parked in a garage or on a driveway.

Any fuel stored at home should be kept in a garage or shed that is either detached from the main living accommodation or if it is an adjoining building it should be separated by a fire door.

If fuel is left outside it should be no more than six metres from your house.

Never store fuel in the living area of your home.

Below is Slingsby’s most popular jerry can which is available by calling 0800 294 4440 or at www.slingsby.com.

The 5 Litre Metal jerry can Made from 0.9mm pickled steel sheet. Fuel resistant lining. Locking pin. Choice of 20 litre or 5 litre capacity. Optional pouring spout.

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The catalogue no workplace should be without

Leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has launched a new edition of its catalogue to showcase the company’s 35,000 products.

The latest catalogue covers 1,374 pages and includes 2,000 brand new products across a wide range of categories, including handling & lifting, premises, health & safety, signage, environmental & waste, janitorial and safety & security.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, said: “Slingsby has produced its famous catalogue for more than 100 years and even though a lot of customers now prefer to view and buy our product range online, a large proportion still like to flick through a hard copy of the catalogue and then consult our sales advisors before placing an order.

“For this reason we continue to place as much emphasis as ever on our catalogue and this year is no different. It contains quality photography and detailed descriptions of our entire product range and appeals to all industries including retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare and the public sector.

“We’ve also increased the number of products that are available with free next day delivery and have held or even reduced thousands of prices, which makes this catalogue an invaluable tool for all businesses and organisations.”

For further information on Slingsby or to order a copy of the company’s latest catalogue, call 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com.

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Acoustiblok Named “Best Practices” Customer by Hubspot Internet Marketing

Eighteen months after adopting Hubspot’s all-in-one marketing platform, Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok has increased website traffic by 210 percent, increased organic search leads by 307 percent, and increased customer transactions by 40 percent, contributing to Acoustiblok’s record sales increases in 2011.

Hubspot named Acoustiblok a “Best Practices” customer based on its application of Hubspot marketing tools for website management, blogging, search engine optimization (SEO), lead management, marketing analytics, social media monitoring, and website analysis.

“Being recognized by an industry leader as a “best practices” customer is a real accomplishment, and one we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Liz Ernst, director of public relations for Acoustiblok, Inc. “We have a small marketing and PR team, and we had been trying different approaches to increasing traffic and drawing attention to our Acoustiblok soundproofing product line, and our Thermablok aerogel insulating strips.

“Hubspot gave us some serious one-on-one attention and guidance to understand where to best devote our efforts for the greatest return on our marketing and PR campaigns.”

Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says that Hubspot provided the traffic building tools he had been looking for in order to achieve the huge growth goals the company had set for itself.

“We knew we had to get more web traffic, and that more traffic would equate to more leads,” Johnson said. “We were able to use the HubSpot software to help us with our traffic building initiatives, and our leads increased dramatically as our traffic increased.”

HubSpot, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides an all-in-one marketing software platform used by more than 5000 companies in 34 countries. HubSpot is also the developer of WebsiteGrader.com, a website analysis tool with more than 3 million users. HubSpot, Inc. was founded in 2006.

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Acoustifence Installed at Coca-Cola Plant Cuts Industrial Noise Pollution Almost in Half at Neighboring Residences

Coca-Cola has completed installation of Acoustifence® noise barrier fencing along the west perimeter of its Bay City plant, bringing to an abrupt halt those noise issues that had been plaguing neighbors in the surrounding community and attracting local news organizations as the outcry from area residents grew.

Architect Jack Zelazny of Dearborn, Michigan, acting as a consultant to Coca Cola’s contractor Kirco Manix, chose Acoustifence noise barrier fencing for the core of the 300 foot wide noise barrier project designed to alleviate noise from idling delivery trucks at the plant that had been plaguing neighbors in the South End Community.

Zelazny said the initial plan was to construct a 30 foot acoustical metal fence along the perimeter roadway to address the problem, but he nixed the idea in favor of something significantly less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing to the community’s residents.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate for the neighbors to have to stare at a 30 foot industrial metal fence from their small residential yards,” Zelazny said. “I really wanted to find something more organic and natural.”

After researching sound barrier fencing options, he found Acoustifence, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa Florida, and discussed his options with acoustical consultant Paul Getts of Acoustiblok. After conferring with Getts, Zelazny moved ahead with construction of a grass covered, 300 foot wide berm that incorporated a nine foot high Acoustifence barrier and landscaping for an attractive roadside aesthetic. The project was completed in the final weeks of December, and both company officials and neighbors rang in the New Year with their new found peace and quiet.

“The Acoustifence went up flawlessly, and it’s not unpleasant to look at,” Zelazny said. “When we covered it with the dark green acoustical fabric covering it looked natural and organic, as we had hoped.

“But the real surprise was the immediate impact it had on the noise.”

Zelazny said the plant noise measured at 89 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began, and registered at 68 decibels immediately after the Acoustifence went up. His hope was to lower the noise by 20 decibels, a figure that was exceeded at the plant, and more than doubled at the neighboring residence as soon as the Acoustifence was put in place. A reading taken at the adjacent residential property registered in the low to mid 40 decibel range.

“It exceeded my expectations, I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations,” he said.“The people at Coca Cola are happy with it, and most importantly the neighbors in the surrounding community are happy with it.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of Acoustifence in the bottling plant’s noise barrier berm was the soft drink company’s best alternative for significantly reducing noise, and respecting the surrounding community’s call for peace and quiet.

“I think Coca Cola acted quickly and responded to the area’s residents as a good corporate neighbor should,” Johnson said. “It’s particularly important that they sought out a serious noise blocking option while respecting the fact that neighboring residents would be living with whatever solution they chose, and viewing it every day – some from their own back yards.”

Acoustifence was designed to address outdoor noise pollution in residential communities, or any community that cares about its appearance.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:
Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6 feet (1.82 meters) high by 30 feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure. Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

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New Tugs Pull In Sales for Slingsby

A NEW and innovative range of handling and lifting equipment are already proving to be a hit within months of being added to Slingsby’s new catalogue.

Although the company now sells all types of workplace equipment it has been supplying a market leading range of trolleys, trucks and tugs since 1893 when company founder, Harry Crowther Slingsby, began producing products to move heavy loads horizontally around large buildings.

The latest additions to the range feature electric motors and are designed to pull, push and steer wheeled loads of up to 1000kg, with hardly any effort required by the operator.

Dominic Slingsby, Managing Director of Slingsby explains: “These state of the art tugs are simple to use and enable anyone to manoeuvre substantial loads around confined spaces by literally flicking a switch. Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, these are among the best tugs in the world at the moment and as a result they are immediately generating interest due to their huge potential and versatility.

“They are designed to be used in all types of premises from hospitals to warehouses and shops through to factories. These products will immediately increase productivity, reduce manual handling and improve safety and for larger premises there’s also an option to add a ride-on platform.”

They come with built-in rechargeable batteries, an accelerator system that can be regulated to specific limits and they can be adapted to work with a wide range of trolleys, carts and pallet systems. Visit www.slingsby.ie or call 1850 200 633.

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Turn Up The Heat On Fire Procedures In Your Workplace

DESPITE new legislation being introduced last year to reinforce the fact that employers in England must consider an employee’s capabilities when it comes to fire safety, the majority are still unaware of their obligations according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

The Fire Safety (Employees’ Capabilities) (England) Regulations 2010 were introduced to clarify how fire-related tasks and assignments should be delegated to employees. As part of the legislation employers must consider what a worker is able and unable to do and how these capabilities may affect their ability to deal with fire-related risks.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 workplace products including an extensive range of fire safety equipment, explains: “Rather than being an extra burden for employers, these new regulations have been introduced to reinforce a workplace’s responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. However the majority of businesses that we speak to are still unaware of the requirements and, as well as creating health and safety issues, this could put them at risk of prosecution.

“The regulations say that employers must carry out a fire safety risk assessment to identify what general fire precautions need to be in place. This should be reviewed regularly and updated where necessary. It must take a workers’ capabilities into consideration along with specific risks they face in their job role and where necessary employers should provide specific training. This also applies to fire wardens or marshals.”

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is still the primary legislation concerning all sectors of fire safety. As part of this employers are required to carry out a fire risk assessment to identify potential hazards and then take action to reduce them. They must also have a plan in place in case of an emergency as well as nominated people to assist in implementing it and all employees should be aware of the procedures.

All buildings must have adequate escape routes for their size and layout. In addition relevant signage should display fire procedures and highlight exits. In premises where employees could be unaware of a fire, either because it’s out of sight or they can’t hear warnings from colleagues, suitable fire alarms should be used and emergency lighting may be necessary in dark escape routes.

Usually one water based extinguisher is also required for each 200m2 of floor space, with a minimum of one extinguisher per floor. However in large or more complex premises, and depending on individual risks, a greater number or wider range of fire safety equipment could be required and some premises may also require hose reels, fire blankets or protective clothing.

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Workplace and Safety Equipment Provider Slingsby Launches Magalogue

LEADING workplace and safety equipment provider Slingsby, which supplies more than 35,000 products across all industries, has launched a new ‘magalogue’ which combines seasonal parts of the company’s catalogue with a wide range of features and news articles.

The new 64 page publication, named ‘WORK-it’ will be produced twice a year and offers supplier and customer interviews, buying guides, tips, ideas and news articles as well as showcasing a selection of Slingsby’s most popular products including safety matting and office furniture.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, explains: “WORK-it is designed to be relevant to people across all industries and features a full range of unbiased articles as well as profiling various products. The first issue contains six interviews, which include the head of The British Institute of Facilities Management and key people from ladder manufacturer Abru, as well as special offers, competitions, product reviews and health and safety advice.

“Customers can already view our entire product range in our catalogue and on our website as well as being able to visit our trade counter so WORK-it has been designed to complement these whilst being informative and interesting.”

Lee Wright, Marketing Director adds: “The first issue has been circulated to a wide range of customers across all types of business and public sector organisations and their initial response has been fantastic and we are delighted with the feedback we have received.”

For further information on Slingsby and its product range visit www.slingsby.com.

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EcoLogic Solutions Partners With Onondaga Nation to Rid Workplaces of Toxic Cleaners

Onondaga Nation and Brooklyn-based Ecologic Solutions today announced a historic, Native American-green business partnership to boost the company’s efforts to rid workplaces of toxic cleaners and replace them with sustainable alternatives.

Under the terms of the partnership, Onondaga Nation (www.onondaganation.org) has agreed to become the second largest shareholder in EcoLogic Solutions (www.ecologicsolutions.com), a leading supplier of natural, plant-based cleaning supplies for restaurants, hotels, schools, office buildings, and other commercial users. EcoLogic Solutions will use the investment to create jobs and expand current operations, while developing new products and approaches to eliminate harmful cleaning supplies from workplaces.

“EcoLogic Solutions is a company that shares our goals of a more sustainable planet, and a better, more holistic way of doing business,” said Jake Edwards, member of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs. “This is the first time we’ve invested in a U.S.-based environmental firm. When you partner with Onondaga, you partner for life.”

“When I founded EcoLogic Solutions, I looked to Onondaga values and sustainability as paragons for our business,” said EcoLogic CEO Anselm Doering. “That’s why I’m honored, and humbled, to make in this announcement today. It’s the fulfillment of a dream within a dream.”

Based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard along with 30 other green businesses, EcoLogic Solutions manufactures soaps, detergents, degreasers, solvents, glass cleaners, disinfectants, and other earth-friendly cleaning supplies for the institutional marketplace using bio-based formulations that are readily biodegradable and non toxic to humans and aquatic life. The company, using groundbreaking technology and scientific advances, offers the most progressive, environmentally preferable commercial cleaners in the market today.

EcoLogic Solutions clients include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Markets, the Statue of Liberty, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Mario Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, the Durst Organization, and NBC Universal, among many others. It sells exclusively to wholesale markets at this time. EcoLogic Solutions’ products will be made available to Onondaga Nation citizens soon.

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New Cleanroom-optimized Humidity and Temperature Transmitters from Vaisala

Continuous humidity and temperature monitoring is essential in ensuring the high quality of both processes and end products in life science and microelectronics industries. To ensure accurate and stable measurement data, Vaisala introduces two new humidity and temperature transmitters, designed for use in cleanrooms and demanding HVAC applications specifically.

The new Vaisala HUMICAP® Humidity and Temperature Transmitters HMT120 and HMT130 complement Vaisala’s existing offering of relative humidity measurement instruments that covers various applications from monitoring to ventilation and process control in demanding environments.

In addition to delivering accurate and reliable measurement data, the new transmitters are durable, easy-to-use and easy-to-install. Further, their smooth enclosure finish is resistant to dust and cleaning agents, which means that the transmitters are ideal for installation in cleanrooms and other critical environments with very high level of cleanliness and air quality requirements.

“Maintaining constant environmental conditions in production and storage environments is everything to our customers. The new transmitters incorporate Vaisala’s state-of-the-art HUMICAP® humidity sensor technology with guaranteed high measurement performance, which – especially when used in conjunction with the Vaisala Veriteq Continuous Monitoring System – means that our customers can rest assured that their products remain protected at all times,” says Jan Grönblad, Regional Market Manager for Vaisala’s Life Science and High Technology business.

Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, the transmitters can be either wall-mounted or used with a remote probe for installation in ceilings, chambers or air ducts. Calibration and maintenance are made simple, quick and cost-effective by making the transmitters’ measurement probes fully interchangeable. As a result, calibration does not need to be done onsite, and the probes can be replaced without having to remove and re-adjust the transmitter.

For further information and detailed product specifications, please go to vaisala.com/HMT120.

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Go!Foton Announces a New SELFOC® µ-Fluorescence Detector: the FLE 1100

Leveraging upon the success of the FLE 1000 Fluorescence Detector, Go!Foton announces the availability of a fiber-optic fluorescence detector with up to 0.5 nM* or better sensitivity which is two times higher than the FLE 1000 that it replaces.

The FLE 1100 detector is housed in a very compact body that can be built into other analyzers. The Go!Foton FLE1100 fluorescence detector works in high ambient light, is highly portable, and is vibration resistant. It can be used as a standalone detector or integrated into other instruments such as automatic DNA analyzers, chromatographic measuring instruments such as HPLC, flow cytometers, or customized for instruments including environmental monitors for air or water that test for trace amounts of contaminants or pathogens.

The FLE 1100 is available in three fixed wavelengths: a B type (FITC, FAM, SYBR Green, GFP, etc.), a G Type (Cy3, Resorufin, etc.), and an R type (Cy5, etc.) A UV version will be available shortly.
* depending on the specimen and at S/N =3.

About Go!Foton Holdings
SELFOC ® is a registered trademark of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., LTD. (NSG Group).
Go!Foton is an exclusive distributor of NSG’s microlenses worldwide for the optical communications industry and is a manufacturer of and developer of other optical components and modules.

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Don’t Slip Up By Neglecting Floors

DESPITE slips and trips still being one of the most common causes of accidents in the workplace, many employers are unknowingly putting their employees at risk by not maintaining non-slip flooring correctly, according to a warning from workplace equipment provider, Slingsby.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) says at least one serious slip injury occurs every three minutes in workplaces throughout Great Britain and most of these are due to contaminants, such as water or grease.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby which supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries from salt spreaders to air conditioners, explains: “Non-slip flooring is often found in high traffic areas such as kitchens and on walkways so it can quickly build up with dirt and grime if it is not cleaned regularly and as the HSE’s figures demonstrate this regularly results in accidents.

“Cleaning up any spillages or contaminations should be a priority in all organisations. Putting such procedures in place is quick and easy and can immediately make a workplace safer and reduce the risk of injuries and compensation claims.”

Lee adds: “In addition non-slip safety matting should be cleaned regularly to maintain its non-slip properties and in busy or public areas it should be cleaned every day. Because a lot of non-slip floors are heavily textured rap mops usually work better than sponge mops, which often disintegrate, and an industrial floor cleaning product should also be used. A scrub brush is good for tough areas or else steam cleaners are also very effective on these surfaces.

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Static Control Ionizer Specifically Designed To Ionize Nitrogen Gas Flow In Pure Nitrogen Environments

ION Systems, an ITW Company, the leader in static charge neutralization and control products for high tech industries, announces the In-line Ultra Clean Nitrogen Ionizer, Model 4214, the first in-line ionizer specifically designed to ionize a nitrogen gas flow in ultra clean medical, semiconductor, or other high purity processes where static charge generation is an issue.

The Model 4214 In-line Ultra Clean Nitrogen Ionizer was developed to provide a solution to the problem of materials readily charging to 30-40 kV when handled in pure nitrogen environments. Many processes in the medical, semiconductor, and electronics industries are carried out in five 9’s pure nitrogen environments (99.999% nitrogen). Nitrogen ensures a clean, non-oxidizing environment that enables critical processes to be carried out without contamination issues. The dry nitrogen environment, however, encourages static charge generation, which can cause particles contamination through electrostatic attraction, or damage from ESD events. The Model 4214 ionizer, by providing a stream of ionized nitrogen, can effectively remove static charge from products to minimize particle attraction and ESD events. Nitrogen cannot be ionized with standard ionization equipment designed for use in ambient air or CDA environments. The Model 4214 provides the user with the first small format ionizer that ionizes the actual nitrogen molecules instead of the trace impurity gases.

In addition to ionizing pure nitrogen, the Model 4214 is also the world’s first corona ionizer that meets Extended ISO Class 1 cleanliness. Using formulas in the ISO 14644-1 standard, ION Systems has extrapolated the allowable particles down to 0.01 micron (10 nm) in size. These smaller particles which are not covered by ISO 14644-1 can be especially harmful to semiconductor devices with 32 nm or below technology nodes.

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Workplace Safety Experts Slingsby Warns ‘Flooding Can Drown A Business’

AS FLOODING becomes an ever increasing risk in the UK, many organisations are investing in flood protection products as a precaution against the severe disruption that water damage can do to a business according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

The Association of British Insurers has revealed that since 2000 the cost of flood damage in the UK has soared by more than 200 per cent with insurers paying out £4.5 billion since the start of the decade, which is up from £1.5 billion between 1990 and 2000. Slingsby sells more than 35,000 products across all industries and in recent years the company has introduced a range of flood defence products as a direct result of customer demand.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby says: “Flooding is becoming an ever increasing threat to many workplaces and as we’ve seen in recent years it can happen at almost any time during the year. Many businesses that experience a flood never reopen and with the Government recently announcing investment cuts in flood defences, we’re seeing increasing numbers of businesses buying flood protection products purely as an insurance policy.

“Even though a business may not be located near to a river or other such water source, it could still be affected by surface or groundwater flooding which can be very difficult to predict. Although it’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property there are lots of things that can be done to help prevent flood damage and make drying-out and cleaning up much quicker and easier.”

Lee continues: “In buildings that are at risk of flooding, for fixed items and furniture, it’s a good idea to use water resistant materials such as stainless steel or plastic where possible and electrical equipment and machinery can sit on raised plinths. It also makes sense to raise electrical sockets and fuse boxes and store valuable items on high-mounted shelves.

“Most importantly any insurance policies covering buildings and contents should be checked to determine what cover they offer for flood damage. It’s also worth notifying insurers when making any modifications to buildings because it could result in lower premiums.”

Below is a selection of products from Slingsby’s range that are all proving especially popular with businesses and organisations looking to protect themselves against the risks of flooding. They are all available from Slingsby by visiting www.slingsby.com or by calling 0800 294 4440.

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Slingsby’s Sound Advice Can Prevent Industrial Deafness

DESPITE legislation being introduced to guard against it, thousands of employees still develop hearing problems every year as a result of being exposed to excessive noise in the workplace, even though it is one of the easiest and cheapest conditions to prevent according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

Under The Control of Noise at Work Regulations, employers have a legal responsibility to protect workers from high noise levels in order to prevent hearing loss or tinnitus which causes a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in the ear.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby explains: “Hearing problems, tinnitus or industrial deafness, as it’s often known, are still common medical conditions that are caused by excessive noise. The severity of the condition depends entirely on the level of noise and the length of time exposed to it but in severe cases it can lead to complete hearing loss and once the damage is done the effects are irreversible.

“Employers are required by law to protect their employees when noise reaches certain levels or else they can face prosecution and compensation claims. For this reason it’s important that employers monitor noise levels in areas where it can become uncomfortable. However the good news is that if it is excessive, it’s usually cheap and easy to guard employees against it.”

To help prevent hearing problems, Slingsby has compiled a check-list that employers must follow when noise levels reach certain levels.

When daily noise levels reach an average of 80 dBA (decibels) employers must:

– Explain the risks to employees and tell them how to protect their ears.
– Provide ear protectors – otherwise known as ‘ear defenders’ – and keep them in good working order.
– Reduce noise levels wherever possible by modifying, muffling or replacing equipment and maintaining it regularly.
– When daily noise levels reach an average of 85 dBA (decibels) ear protectors must be worn by law and signs must be displayed warning people they are in an ‘ear protection zone’.
– Average exposure levels, after taking into account any hearing protection, should never exceed 87 dBA.

About Slingsby

Slingsby was established in Bradford during 1893 by Harry Crowther Slingsby who designed and created a range of robust trucks and trolleys to move heavy loads horizontally around large buildings. Several members of the Slingsby family remain on the board of directors and whilst the company is still famous for its manual handling equipment, it now supplies more than 35,000 workplace products to a full range of industries via its catalogues and website, just in time for the onset of the winter weather Slingsby have many salt spreaders, and other ice melt supplies as well as rock salt storage solutions such as a grit bin.

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