Tag Archives: COVID-19

COVID Via HVAC?

Bombshell report from Bloomberg furthers concerns about airborne transmission A Bloomberg article released Monday was not the first of its kind, but it may become the most-read, due to its insight on how the coronavirus spreads and its questions raised about whether the virus can be contracted through air conditioning systems. "The long-staid world of […]

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Straighten It Out

Fact-checkers clarify false claim against OSHA saying masks “don’t work” Seas of misinformation are rough to navigate; an inconvenience multiplied tenfold in a climate of crisis that also happens to fall in an election year. It behooves all of us, therefore, to try and get things right. We’d like to spotlight a a recent defense […]

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Poster’s Child

OSHA’s continued effort to fight COVID-19? A multilingual poster OSHA’s “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster (pictured below), mentioned in a previous edition of Direct & Current, is now available in 13 languages. In addition to English, the poster is being disseminated in Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, […]

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OSHA Revisions for Reopening

Adoption of revised enforcement policies designed to ensure protective environment The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection […]

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McCormick Place Debate

Alternate care facility shutting down, leading to questions of necessity Big news from EA‘s local front. McCormick Place, Chicago’s prized convention center and one of the largest in the world, had been used as an emergency hospital over the past month but is now being deconstructed to its original layout. The converted building was housing […]

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Qualitech Support

Another company helping out by producing PPE equipment, this time in the Caribbean Continuing our partial focus on companies that are taking an active role in fighting the coronavirus—in one way or another, whether that be PPE production or the donation of funds—we have another great example this week, from one of our Electrical Apparatus […]

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Handling It Well

Sanitary door mechanisms produced through 3D printing in UK A recent graduate of a UK college has collaborated with his alma mater’s head of engineering to create a special door puller for NHS (United Kingdom National Health Service) staff to use in hospitals in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. At Havering College, […]

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The Fallen & Furloughed

A net look at coronavirus’ effect on the global workforce As COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 1 million Tuesday, a national nightmare continued for the average American worker. Hotels, airlines, restaurants, clothing stores, entertainment venues…things often described as representative of American excess, are among the hardest hit with layoffs. And it’s making us […]

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Biro, Protolabs Team Up For Rapid PPE

Nidec engineer uses design and project management skills in PPE production When the COVID-19 crisis began to emerge, Josh Biro, like so many people throughout the country, wanted to make a personal contribution to help. And as the pandemic evolved, the Nidec mechanical engineer has been using his skills to help healthcare workers on the […]

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ASME Debuts Virtual Learning Playbook

Association offering virtual training solutions to engineers in wake of crisis Lifelong learning for engineers doesn’t stop, even under quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent survey of approximately 3,000 engineers conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), eight out of ten engineers anticipate a change in operations due to COVID-19 […]

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