Creative Safety Supply Unveils Comprehensive HazCom Plan Primer

BEAVERTON, Ore. (PRWEB) October 19, 2017

Creative Safety Supply, Oregon’s premier vendor of safety and efficiency products, has released its latest guide, a deeply comprehensive look at modern Hazard Communications (HazCom) standards.

As chemicals can pose a wide variety of health and safety risks, HazCom is not merely the realm of the nearest safety officer. It’s crucial information that anyone working with or near chemicals should have a working knowledge of. OSHA’s HazCom standard provides not only information on which chemicals may present hazards, and how best to label them to denote their dangerous nature, but also how to protect one’s self from these hazards, whether it be limiting exposure to prescribed amounts or wearing specially designed protective gear.

The latest guide from Creative Safety Supply takes OSHA’s lessons a few steps further. Not only does the guide explain HazCom, examine its benefits, and explain adjacent concepts such as material safety data sheets and the most common hazard pictograms, but it also offers an in-depth walkthrough for anyone hoping to set up a HazCom program at their business. By explaining the process step-by-step, and including easily-duplicated worksheets, this guide takes the hassle out of setting up a HazCom program specifically designed to meet the needs of any given business.

Like all guides from Creative Safety Supply, this free HazCom guide is available at no cost in a handy .PDF format, making it easy to share the document with colleagues as needed. For a free copy, please visit our download page. For more information, details on other free guides (including the popular TPM guide), or to speak with a sales representative about the many other ways Creative Safety Supply can enhance your Total Productive Maintenance efforts, please visit or call us at (866) 777-1360.

About Creative Safety Supply   

Creative Safety Supply is an online retailer of safety and lean manufacturing supplies for the workplace. The company’s LabelTac® industrial label printers, SafetyTac® floor marking tapes and other visual communication products aid employers in making their facilities more visual. Creative Safety Supply works with businesses of all sizes and across many industries to help them improve safety, efficiency and effectiveness.

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Fybr Partners with California Grower to Launch Smart Agriculture IoT Platform

ST. LOUIS (PRWEB) October 19, 2017

Fybr has partnered with DaCapo Agricultural Corporation, located in California’s Central Valley, to develop an automated, wireless irrigation solution built using Fybr’s digital transformation platform and secure network.

With crop production utilizing more than 70% of the world's clean water, finding ways to reduce agricultural irrigation waste is critical to achieving sustainability. Improved water management in agriculture will increase global potable water availability, reduce soil erosion, and lead to better and more diversified agricultural yields – all while helping to feed a growing global population estimated to reach 9 billion by the year 2050.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 60% of the water diverted or pumped for irrigation globally is currently being wasted, either via runoff into waterways or evapotranspiration.

With a handful of US states discussing policies to regulate water distribution and utilization, the potential for unintended consequences on the economy and employment is real. Using Fybr’s Smart Agriculture solutions, growers can proactively optimize water usage by using cost-effective Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to stay ahead of regulations and potential water-use restrictions.

Fybr’s Smart Agriculture solution is an affordable, turnkey, and scalable solution for growers. Comprised of a full suite of sensors, controllers, and software analytics tools, growers can not only monitor crop/field conditions but also automate selected processes. For example, automating irrigation controls can reduce water consumption by as much as 50%, while potentially increasing yields by up to12%. Additionally, by automating the irrigation process, growers can minimize the time and manual labor required by legacy irrigation systems.

Unlike other systems, Fybr’s devices are 100% wireless and battery powered with field life of up to 10 years – removing the need to run underground cables required by many existing systems. This paradigm shift gives growers greater flexibility in the placement of sensors and actuators, as well as the ability to more easily relocate devices while contributing to a cost-effective system that can monitor and irrigate more crops with greater precision.

"I believe that one of the things we as growers have to do is show that we are monitoring and proactively managing our exposure to water shortages. Real-time analytics and documenting groundwater usage for compliance with future regulations, i.e., SGMA in California, will be a necessary tool for growers of all crops for compliance with new demands by government. We can’t simply sit back and wait for restricted government allocations," said Bob Greiner of DaCapo.

Fybr’s pilot installations, deployed during the 2017 growing season in DaCapo’s plum orchards and table grape vineyards, monitor soil moisture and soil tension at multiple depths, temperatures at ground level and each sensor depth, canopy temperature, and microclimate data. During testing, this data is being used to teach the system how and when to irrigate. When released commercially, Fybr’s data engine will use data analytics and artificial intelligence to control irrigation lines and pumps autonomously – allowing for optimal watering when it is both needed and most cost-effective to operate. Irrigation lines are also equipped with flow meters to monitor not only how much water is used in each portion of the fields, but also to detect leaks – a contributing factor to water waste each year.

Fybr’s platform also allows additional farm systems to be automated and monitored on the same wireless network via FybrLynk – a postage stamp sized microcontroller and communications device that can connect a broad range of new or existing sensors and devices to the platform.

"Fybr provides a valuable service that can help growers understand their existing water usage, measure real-time water needs, and then optimize water distribution and allocation. Using Fybr’s Actionable Insights™, growers can not only help minimize the impact of droughts but operate far more efficiently in normal conditions," said Bob Glatz, CEO of Fybr.

About DaCapo Agricultural Corporation

Headquartered in Dinuba, California, DaCapo Agricultural Corporation was established in 1997 and is one of the World’s largest plum orchards, producing over 30 varieties throughout the growing season. In addition to plums, DaCapo also produces peaches and table grapes for high-end produce retailers worldwide.

About Fybr

Fybr is a leading, end-to-end IoT solution provider – collecting and delivering data along with advanced analytic tools to solve business and community-based quality-of-life issues such as agriculture, transportation, power, water management and safety – for customers worldwide.

Fybr is an integrated and proven hardware, software, and network stack that reliably, securely and efficiently delivers data to and from the physical world. Combining real-time sensing data with intelligent machine-learning algorithms, the Fybr Platform delivers actionable insights that help leaders fix issues proactively – saving money and improving services.

Headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri, Fybr has deployments in the U.S., Canada, and Asia. With Fybr’s IoT solution managing nearly 3 billion sensor events, Fybr provides a powerful, simple, and turnkey solution to enable almost any Internet of Things ambition for cities, farms, and businesses.

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MEDA Fall Conference to Demystify the Process of Doing Business with the Military

BALTIMORE (PRWEB) October 19, 2017

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is hosting its Fall Conference entitled Maryland’s Unique Economic & Innovative Driver from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park.

Understanding how to capitalize on business opportunities with local military installations is pivotal to Maryland's growth. The conference will guide economic developers to position companies in ways to capitalize on opportunities military installations provide across the state. By the end of the conference, attendees will leave understanding how to take advantage of the military as an economic driver.

“Whether you have a military installation right in your backyard, in a neighboring region, or anywhere in Maryland, they can have a profound impact on your community,” said MEDA President Kimberly Clark, “Our Fall Conference will have expert speakers and panelists that highlight these opportunities for our attendees.”

Brigadier General Mike Hayes USMC (Ret.), director of the office of military affairs for the Maryland Department of Commerce, will open the conference sharing his unique perspective of the various bases throughout Maryland. He will share how economic developers can identify the key sectors for their businesses and the expansive role economic developers can play in their region.

Leslie Taylor, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), joins the conference conversations as a luncheon keynote speaker. As the CEO of an entity with over 14,000 personnel, her comments will address how naval aviation is fairing in a climate of increased global threats, readiness challenges and budget uncertainty. She will also provide insight about the importance of partnering with industry and academia to assist in the commercialization of NAWCAD inventions for use in the private sector and the importance of educational partnerships for workforce development.

The MEDA Fall Conference will round out the conversation with three panel discussions that include experts who will discuss forming alliances, leveraging installations, and creating compelling military drivers for economic development:

Alliances for Cooperation Panel

  • Rear Admiral Tim Heely USN (Ret.), Executive Vice President, Southern Maryland Navy Alliance
  • Tim O’Ferrall, General Manager, Ft. Meade Alliance

Leveraging Installations as Innovation Drivers Panel
Moderator: Christopher Wilhelm, Ph.D., Customer Advocate for Science and Technology Lead, Office of Research and Technology Applications

  • Ron Kaese, Director, Federal Programs, Maryland Technology Development Corporation
  • Charles Daitch, Ph.D., CEO, and Founder, Akonni Biosystems
  • Tom Sanders, Managing Director, and CEO, Coherent Technical Services, Inc.

Effective Military Drivers for Economic Development Panel
Moderator: Helga Weschke, Director, Federal Business Relations, Maryland Department of Commerce

  • Ashley Buzzeo, Managing Director at the Center for GIS, Towson University

TBA, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

  • Mary Lee Kolich, Procurement Specialist & Certified CVE Counselor, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
  • Rick Decker, Executive Director, Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland (RAMPMD)

The conference is part of MEDA’s seventh annual Economic Development Week, which takes place from Oct. 22 through Oct. 28. St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development sponsors the Fall Conference along with MEDA premier sponsors, The Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, who are also sponsoring MEDA’s seventh annual Economic Development Week. Additional sponsors of Economic Development Week include Comcast/NBCUniversal and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO).

To learn more or to register for the MEDA Fall Conference, visit

About MEDA

MEDA enhances the knowledge and skills of its members and encourages partnerships and networking among those committed to bringing jobs and investment to Maryland. In addition to quarterly conferences, members have access to opportunities, discounts, and scholarships for professional development. They may also participate in awards programs that highlight innovative economic development, redevelopment and marketing projects and programs in the state of Maryland.



Sandy Sponaugle, Program Manager

Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA)


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