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California Fire Sprinkler Fitters Save Lives

The purpose of fire sprinkler fitters is to install, inspect, repair, and maintain fire suppression life safety systems to protect building occupants as well as first responders in the event of catastrophic fires. According to FEMA, a fire can become deadly in two minutes and envelop an entire house in five The importance of these […]

2021 Top Colleges for Building and Construction Trades in California

If you’re looking for training in the building or construction trades, you’ll find there are a number of schools in California that offer degree and/or certificate programs. Compiled by Niche, this list of the top schools for 2021 relies on data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as student reviews and select statistics […]

NITC Exam Development and Administration

The National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) is the premiere third party provider of personnel certification in the piping related industries including, but not limited to, plumbing and HVACR. NITC’s ISO certification allows them to certify personnel for Journey and Mastery Levels, Medical Gas, and more. Adhering to ANSI 17024 Standards, the meticulously developed […]

Worksite Safety for the Trades

The most important consideration of any worksite is safety. In addition to Covid-19 safety measures, there are standard safety precautions that every worker should follow. Never start work on a site without a legally required induction to familiarize you with the site. Never put yourself or anyone else at risk. Always follow established procedures and […]

Water Safety and Infection Control – ASSE’s 12000 Series

Source: ASSE (American Society of Sanitary Engineering) at http://www.asse-plumbing.orgw Most people will agree that we live in unprecedented times with unprecedented challenges, affecting all aspects of our lives from our personal and family situations to our professional endeavors. Careers and career standards have been re-examined, amplified, or completely transformed due to Covid-19 Nowhere is this […]

NITC Certification Post-Covid-19

“The Covid-19 pandemic has not only impacted the plumbing and HVACR industries, it has also expanded their roles in maintaining hospitals and industries as well as returning public buildings to safe post-Covid use. It’s clear that NITC certification is indispensable for both individual professionals and the customers they service As the building industry begins to […]

Bringing Our Buildings Back from COVID-19 Closure

With the approaching approval of an effective vaccine for Covid-19, planning for re-opening of shuttered buildings around the country can slowly begin. At the same time, the safety of the workers who will be completing the reopening while the pandemic is still raging must be assured. As the virus is controlled, buildings must be ready […]

Medical Gas Systems Under Duress II

Last month we looked to Tim Richards’ article, “The Effect of COVID-19 On Medical Gas Systems Today,” to explore the negative effects of Covid-19 on Oxygen Delivery Systems, along with some short-term remedies. This month, we will continue with Mr. Richards’ suggestions for longer-term actions. Analysis of Piping Distribution Networks In anticipation of the need […]

Medical Gas Systems Under Duress I

The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted our lives, our institutions, and especially our hospitals. Hospital staff and systems have been taxed past what we could ever have imagined. With the demand of vastly increased populations of critically ill patients, hospitals are finding that their vital medical gas systems have been pushed to their limits. The […]

Designing and Building a Post-Covid-19 Workplace

Social distancing may feel surreal in the beginning—co-workers avoiding physical contact, people separated by partitions, everyone wearing masks. It might even seem a little lonely with a lot of our coworkers still forced to work at home as organizations ramp up operations, allowing people to return to work in phases. Nonetheless, over time, we’ll get […]