Ken Zans specializes in ergonomics. He has a degree in the subject, and his company, Ergonomics Solutions (Shawnee Mission, KS), is devoted to its study. Zans spoke on the topic at the Conference on Worker Safety and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Compliance, sponsored by Keye Productivity Center.
There seems to be an increasing number of meetings that contractors feel they should and must attend each year to keep up-to-date on industry trends and to keep in touch with manufacturers and fellow contractors. This month, The News explored how our contractor consultants cope with the necessity of attending meetings.
There are some sure-fire ways to guarantee that OSHA will knock on your door, according to Ken Zans, conference speaker for the Keye Productivity Center. However, he was quick to add some tips on what do when that happens.
If a building has too much humidity, not only will its occupants tend to be more uncomfortable, there’s also higher risk of mold and fungi growth, resulting in poor indoor air quality (IAQ). If humidity is too low, occupants can experience static shock, their sinuses may become too dry, and wood furniture may split. Now that ASHRAE has set aside funds to study the interaction of humidity control technologies with Standard 62 on ventilation, The News decided this is a good time to look at some of the newer humidity control products hitting the market.
Looking to the next century, imagine if an air conditioner was smart enough to tell how efficiently it is running, shut itself off when energy use peaks, and/or perform diagnostic tests without the home or building owner having to call the local utility or service company. Tomorrow’s smart appliances will have a big impact on home energy use, and the ability to keep cool all summer.
The New York State Energy Planning Board has announced the release of its 2002 State Energy Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is designed to provide statewide policy guidance for energy-related decisions by government and private market participants within the state for the next four years.
What if you’re unable to isolate on one particular furnace or air conditioner and the customer uses that reason to give you the “I want to think it over” objection? Narrow things down to them wanting to buy from you, and that the only decision they have left to make is to decide exactly what equipment they want. Then give customers a few minutes to talk it over or think it over.
“Sick Pool Syndrome” is a phrase that is relatively unfamiliar to the HVAC community. However, if there is a high school or college in your area with an indoor pool where swimmers train, there is a good chance that some of those swimmers suffer from Sick Pool Syndrome’s consequences: extreme shortness of breath or asthma events. Correcting the problem holds opportunities for contractors interested in natatorium work.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a hot topic in school environments. Many schools rely on dehumidification units to facilitate proper IAQ and comply with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Parkhill Junior High in Dallas was no exception.