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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

OSHA Announces Proactive Measures to Reduce NYC Construction Fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on June 23, 2008 proactive measures to combat the recent high fatality rate in New York City. OSHA is temporarily assigning a dozen additional compliance officers to conduct proactive inspections of high-rise construction sites, cranes, and other places where fatalities and serious accidents have been occurring. Ongoing inspections will also continue based on existing local emphasis programs or as a result of complaints, referrals or accidents.

Since May, 2008, OSHA has also been sending copies of violation citations issued to employers on city construction sites to the employer's insurance or worker's compensation carriers, and to construction project owners and developers in order to raise awareness of occupational hazards found on city jobsites. Citations involving training violations at union sites will be sent to the unions representing the workers and to their training funds.

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Future Environment Designs announced today that they are a key sponsor of “Singing in the Sanctuary” being held Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center at 134 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, New York.
“Singing in the Sanctuary” will connect people to nature through the songs and puppetry of locally-grown and internationally known singer/songwriter Janice Buckner. Ms. Buckner will perform from 2:00-3:00pm and will showcase kid-friendly environmentally themed songs and puppetry. Combining music and puppetry, Ms. Bruckner educates and entertains with children’s lyrics that carry a tune and environmental message. Throughout the day from 1:00-4:00pm, Sanctuary staff and volunteers will display live-animals where you can get up close and personal with some of the resident non-releasable wildlife. Sanctuary staff and volunteers will also have many crafts, displays, kid’s activities, raffles through the day.
Future Environment Designs, visit there website at, is a 20-year-old indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, and construction safety training and consulting firm based in Syosset, NY. Future Environment Designs works with clients to solve indoor air quality issues (mold, asbestos, lead, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning problems) and train workers on construction safety issues (asbestos, lead, respiratory protection, OSHA 10 hour construction safety, etc.). Angelo Garcia, III Principal – Industrial Hygienist for Future Environment Designs, read his blog at, says it is part of our mission to support events like “Singing in the Sanctuary” and organizations such as the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center to help families become more familiar with the natural world around them.
The Sanctuary was established in 1923 in memory of the Conservation President, Theodore Roosevelt. Considered the oldest songbird sanctuary in the nation, the Sanctuary has 15-acres of upland forest and open meadow habitat maintained for songbird conservation and environmental education.
The goal of the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is to provide high-quality effective environmental education programs to all audiences. Using hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based methods, program participants will develop a deeper understanding and consideration for our natural world, gain a sense of stewardship for their local environment, and become informed decision-makers for the future. Highly qualified educators conduct nature programs at the Sanctuary or at a site of your choice. The Sanctuary uses live non-releasable wildlife; natural areas, artifacts and an exciting assortment of activities to help people discover the natural world.

Chrysotile Asbestos Banned? More Like Certain Conditions of Use Will Be Eventually Banned!

Many of you, as did I, read about the " Ban of Chrysotile Asbestos " and rejoiced over something long overdue.  However, after rea...