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On June 1st 2016 chemical users will need to have the Globally Harmonized System of labeling chemicals in place.  As a vendor of these chemical labels I see many companies still purchasing the old chemical labels that do not meet the new OSHA/GHS requirements.  As a company we have began to inform our clients that these older labels have a fast approaching expiration date and that they should be purchasing the new GHS friendly labels that we released almost three years ago.  Our analysts stated that it is not a surprise that people seem to be waiting until the last minute to switch to the GHS labels as people tend to purchase these type of items at the last minute.  It seems risky that people would wait until the last minute to procure these essential items that could potentially save lives in the event of an emergency.  Of OSHA's top 10 citations for 2015, hazard communication was number 2!  Something as simple as placing a sign or label in an appropriate place is costing companies money and even worse placing their workforce in danger!  Receiving this OSHA citation is completely preventable and yet it is the number 2 most popular.  Now is the time to get in compliance and get your OSHA/GHS Hazcom labels in place.  June 1st will be here before you know it!

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A Fire Department Connection (FDC) is “a connection through which the fire department can pump supplemental water into the sprinkler system, standpipe, or other system, furnishing water for fire extinguishment to supplement existing water supplies.”  FDCs are required on all standpipe systems per NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, and sprinkler systems per NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

In 2007, the Technical Committee for NFPA 14 added the requirement for one 2 ½ inch inlet per every 250 gallons per minute (gpm), but this requirement lacks supporting test data. The Research Foundation undertook a project that involved flow testing to determine the amount of water that is possible to flow into an FDC inlet. A final report for the project, "Fire Department Connection (FDC) Inlet Flow Assessment" is now available
on the Foundation webpage.

Registration is open for the Foundation's 2016 SupDet symposium, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX from March 1-4, 2016.  This year's symposium will feature 30 presentations on suppression and detection and signaling research and applications. 

The suppression session, which will take place March 1-2, will feature a keynote on the "History of Fire" by Dick Gann from NIST, presentations on the latest research on warehouse sprinkler protection, research on the protection of lithium ion batteries, and more. 

The detection and signaling section will take place March 3-4 and includes research on residential smoke alarms, smart building applications, notification, smoke characteristics, and more. 

Between the two sessions on the afternoon of March 2 will be a free half-day workshop on "Big Data and Fire Protection Systems" that is open to all SupDet attendees! 

Don't miss out - register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection Program.  For additional details and the full program visit: