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ARTA Heads For The Hill To Spread Environmental Awareness Of Reusable Textiles

Washington, DC – ARTA members once again went to Capitol Hill to educate representatives, senators, assistants and agency managers about the cost and environmental benefits of reusable textiles.

“As healthcare or environmental issues arise, we want our lawmakers to be familiar with our organization, industry, and legislative agenda,” ARTA president Brad Bushman says. “Hopefully, this familiarity will produce support for our cause.”

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OSHA Extends Period For Comments On Tuberculosis Rulemaking Record

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is extending until May 24, 2002, the period for comments on the tuberculosis (TB) rulemaking record. OSHA first published a proposed TB standard on Oct. 17, 1997 to control occupational exposure to tuberculosis.

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OSHA Increasing Enforcement In FY 2002

WASHINGTON -- John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, announced that his agency's enforcement efforts will increase in Fiscal Year 2002, with more inspections targeting workplaces where injury and illness rates are the highest.

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OSHA Reopens Tuberculosis Rulemaking Record

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened for 60 days the tuberculosis (TB) rulemaking record to give interested persons the opportunity to review and comment on the agency's final risk assessment and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report "Tuberculosis in the Workplace."

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OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Takes Effect

New requirements for tracking workplace injuries and illnesses are now in force for 1.4 million employers covered by OSHA's new recordkeeping rule.

"The new recordkeeping system is easier for employers to understand, better protects employee privacy in sensitive cases and will yield more accurate injury and illness data," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "The new OSHA forms are smaller; they fit on legal size paper. We've also clarified and simplified the instructions for filling out the forms."

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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.

The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.