Infection Control Training and Certification at the 2017 ASSE International Annual Meeting
12 hours of online training (at your own pace). 3 hours of in-person classroom review, and a 2-hour final examination onFriday, Nov. 10 in San Antonio, TX.
Enroll in the ASSE 12000 infection control certification course, provided by IAPMO Training & Education, to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to help protect the health and safety of yourself, building occupants, building employees, and various facility operations from pathogens and other hazards that may be present in your workplace.
As more and more facilities, particularly heathcare facilities, begin requiring training and certification in infection control, ASSE 12000 certification will prove to be a valuable credential on your resume. This unique certification program educates and trains pipe trades craftspeople, and other construction and maintenance personnel, on how to more safely work in an environment with potential exposure to disease-causing pathogens.
To take the first steps in becoming ASSE 12000 Certified, click below to register for the course.
Keep yourself safer, keep building occupants safer, and show your employer/clients that you can be trusted to work in hazardous environments.
Course objectives:
  • Understand how disease can spread and how to prevent the spread of disease in the workplace.
  • Employ the use of PPE to protect yourself and others against biological and waterborne pathogens.
  • Evaluate a work space to ensure it protects yourself and others who occupy the building or construction site.
  • Assess mechanical and plumbing systems to prevent the spread of contaminates.
  • Explain the roles of various agencies involved in your health and safety within your working environment.
  • Illustrate the use of work practice and engineering controls that protect you and those you encounter.
Who is this course and certification for? Construction and maintenance personnel, including plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, HVAC technicians, demolition laborers, and mechanical systems workers. What are the prerequisite requirements? Successful completion of an OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 class prior to enrollment. How do you become certified? Successful completion of 12 hours of training encompassing ASSE Standards 12010 (Biological Pathogens), 12030 (Waterborne Pathogens) and 12040 (Contamination/Infection Prevention Procedures); 75 question written exam, issued by ASSE, covering ASSE 12010, 12030, and 12040 What is the cost of training and certification? $250. This is a special rate (50% off) for the 2017 ASSE International Annual Meeting. What is included with the registration fee? The registration fee covers online training, in-person classroom review, examination and grading, and a certification card and certificate. Lunch will also be provided at the in-person classroom review. Who is providing the training? IAPMO Training & Education, an ASSE approved third-party training provider. When do you complete your online training? Whenever you want! The 12-hour online training portion of this course, created and provided by IAPMO Training & Education, is designed to work around your schedule so you can learn at your own pace. You may work through the training in September, October, and early November, but you must complete the 12-hour course by Thursday, Nov. 9. When is the in-person review? The in-person classroom review will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. The final examination will follow at 2:00 p.m. Where will the in-person review and exam be held? The in-person classroom review and exam will be held at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, TX. Any other questions? Feel free to contact us at (708) 995-3019 or marianne.waickman@asse-plumbing.org for more information.

FREE Safety Posters

September 19th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Links to over 1000 free downloadable safety posters for your bulletin boards! http://www.safetyawakenings.com/category/free-safety-posters/

Researchers Develop Environmentally-Friendly Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Water

The presence of pharmaceutical compounds in water supplies has been well documented for several decades, but the exact threat posed and recommended responses have been debated just as long. The health impact on humans and wildlife remains a concern for many scientists and policy makers. Unfortunately, the water treatment and sewage systems are not currently able to address this contamination. However, researchers are developing new methods to test and treat water. A promising new technique has been developed in which “supermolecules” detect and remove pharmaceuticals from water, leading to potential implications for improved and on-site water treatment.

A growing problem

Researchers are exploring the extent to which pharmaceuticals are found in the water supply; however, it is clear that this is an emergent issue. People often dispose of leftover pharmaceuticals down the drain, rather than through local drop-off collection programs or in a safe manner at home. Hospitals are also a source of pharmaceuticals that appear in municipal wastewater. In addition, individuals often only metabolize a portion of the drugs they ingest, meaning that some of the compounds are ultimately expelled into the sewage system, though removal proves difficult. In fact, in a 2013 study, the International Joint Commission determined that only half of prescription drugs in sewage were removed by treatment plants. Ultimately, the water treatment and septic systems are not equipped to address this source of contamination. Pesticides and herbicides, hormones from contraceptive birth control, beta-blockers, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical compounds have been discovered in water reservoirs, water treatment plans, and watersheds. Many scientists are concerned about potential contamination of drinking water. The Associated Press also conducted its own independent research and found pharmaceuticals present in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Although these compounds are only present at very low levels, further research is underway to determine the potential effects. In addition, there are concerns that contamination by antibiotics, in particular, may affect people’s health by cultivating an environment where bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics. The extent of the impact on human health is under study, and there is also emerging evidence that there is an effect on the health of aquatic wildlife. Scientists are noticing that some fish populations have shown abnormalities, including male fish growing female egg cells. This is suspected to be the result of exposure to hormone-disrupting water pollution, including estrogen from birth control pills. Fish wildlife are extremely sensitive to their environments, but this issue does illustrate potential water quality concerns.

Making waves in water testing and treatment

Researchers from the University of Surrey have published research that showcases a new “supermolecule” that can detect and remove pharmaceuticals from water in an effective and environmentally friendly manner. This supermolecule, a derivative of calixarene, interacts with and extracts common pharmaceutical compounds from water. The receptors bind selectively with the pollutant so that they can be removed This method may be applicable to many kinds of materials and compounds. This research is particularly promising because it may potentially allow for on-site water quality monitoring, rather than testing samples in a separate laboratory. In addition, this method may emerge as more cost effective than other technologies, such as ozonation and carbon filtration, which are very expensive. Other promising research and policies include the development of pharmaceuticals that the body better retains, public awareness campaigns on drug disposal options, upgraded water treatment infrastructure, and additional public health research. This is an issue that will not go away anytime soon. A multi-pronged approach will be needed in order to tackle the existing water quality concerns and prevent future contamination.

The CSIS Energy & National Security Program cordially invites you to:

IEA World Energy Investment 2017

featuring

Laszlo Varro

Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

moderated by

Jane Nakano

Senior Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, CSIS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Center for Strategic & International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to host Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA), to discuss the IEA's World Energy Investment 2017. Energy investment in 2016 totaled 1.7 trillion dollars, around 2.2 percent of the global economy. The report covers critical details about energy investment across various energy sectors, sources, and regions. It also includes a special focus on a wide array of topics, including how digitization is impacting investment and employment, global investment in innovation, and the impact of emerging business models. The report assesses the importance of energy policy driving investment into energy efficiency and into facilities that ensure adequate levels of energy security. Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy & National Security Program, will moderate. Click here to register. This event is made possible by general funding to CSIS and the Energy & National Security Program. Copyright © 2017 Center for Strategic & International Studies, All rights reserved. 202-887-0200 | www.CSIS.org Center for Strategic & International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036

Could Be Headed Our Way

September 3rd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Good morning Lisa,
 Gary Howard with the Illinois Plumbing Inspectors Association here.
This design is new from Enware  in Australia.
My concern is that the handles do not meet the IAC requirements for grab bars.
The Flush button requires you to push down.
Grab arms are not fixed to their position.
Sincerely,
Gary W. Howard
Certified Illinois Plumbing Inspector
Enware has introduced the CARE601, which includes a freestanding IFO toilet suite with support arms,
raised flush button and toilet seat (with lid). It has been designed for people with movement restriction
caused by disability, aged care or as a result of an injury and is ideal for providing independence, safety
and dignity to both users and carers.
The Enware CARE601 has an easy to grasp design and larger foot print for extra stability. It also has
close coupled cistern assisted backrest, arms that fold out of the way and a purpose built seat with
stainless steel hinges, sideways buffers, colour options and less breakage.
 
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