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Don’t Damage Your Hearing on the Job

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

October 11, 2018

Power tools and gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers are some of the tools facility managers and building services contractors use that can cause permanent hearing loss. Each year, about 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, making hearing loss one of the most common work-related injuries in the country, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). However, about 70 percent of people exposed to loud noise never or seldom use hearing protection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During October, National Protect Your Hearing Month, NIOSH and the CDC are reminding workers and their supervisors to take steps to protect hearing on the job. Follow these tips from NIOSH:

  • Eliminate the source of the noise.
  • If elimination is not possible, substitute loud equipment, such as vacuums and power tools, with quieter models.
  • Limit workers’ time using loud equipment.
  • Provide free hearing protection devices, such as earplugs or earmuffs, to workers.
  • Provide a quiet area for breaks to remove workers from the source of the noise.

 

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Judge Preserves Protected Status of Immigrant Workers

October 11, 2018

More than 300,000 immigrants whose protected status was due to expire can remain in the United States after a federal judge this month issued a nationwide injunction protecting their status, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen preserved the temporary protected status for former residents of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan. The immigrants, many who work as janitors and building service contractors, were allowed to live and work in the United States due to natural disaster or war in their homeland. Some of the immigrants have lived in the United States for 20 years and have established careers and families.

The protected status of the Sudanese was scheduled to be terminated November 2, 2018 and the deportation of immigrants of the three other nations was scheduled to proceed through fall 2019.

The U.S. government may appeal the ruling.

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Sodexo Contracts with Kentucky University

October 11, 2018

Sodexo, a global facilities management provider, has been awarded a 10.5-year contract with Murray State University.

The US$35.6 million deal calls for Sodexo to provide food retail and catering services to the Murray, KY, school. Per the terms of the contract, Sodexo will also renovate the university’s dining areas, WKMS reports.

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Valley Industries Introduces New Manager

October 11, 2018

Valley Industries, manufacturer and distributor of fluid-handling components, announces Pete Gustin as its new Comet product manager. Gustin will be responsible for managing sales and product development for Comet pumps and accessories in North America.

Gustin got his start with Comet diaphragm pumps in 1995 while working for his family business, UNICO Spray Products Corporation. UNICO merged with Valley Industries in 2010. This merger provided the support and resources for Gustin to expand Comet diaphragm pumps into new industrial applications such as carpet cleaning.

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