International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Formed in January 2009, IRENA is an intergovernmental political organization that promotes a rapid transition towards the widespread global use of renewable energy in both developing and industrialized countries, in collaboration with various other organizations. The site offers access to reliable data on the potential of renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms, and state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies.

International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)

ISEA is the trade association in the US for companies that design and manufacture safety equipment and protective clothing used in factories, construction sites, hospitals and clinics, schools, laboratories, etc. Included are products for head, eye and face, respiratory, hearing, hand and fall protection; environmental monitoring instruments; safety warning signs and symbols; emergency eyewash and shower; first aid kits, clean room garments, and safety wearing apparel. The site includes ISEA news, a calendar, product standards and regulation, government relations, and a personal protective equipment (PPE) marketplace, including a buyer’s guide.

ISSA

Worldwide cleaning industry association. ISSA offers member benefits, trade shows (ISSA/INTERCLEAN), educational and training events and resources, workloading software, a Member Code of Ethics, certification/standards, legislative and regulatory resources and training, news and periodicals that specifically focus on professional cleaning and maintenance.

KL Security: HIPAA Compliance Resources

KL Security Enterprises has compiled a list of associations, agencies, and Web sites that offer specific information for every HIPAA compliance checklist. The HIPAA Compliance Solutions page offers more information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which mandates safeguards for physical and electronic storage and maintenance, transmission, and access to individual health information.

Laboratories [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses the unique safety and health issues of the laboratory workplace, particularly relating to occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals. The site offers OSHA’s “Laboratory Standard,” other relevant standards, how to produce a Chemical Hygiene Plan, how to recognize and evaluate specific hazards in the laboratory, possible solutions, training, and other resources.

LandscapeOnline.com

From the publishers of Landscape Architect and Specifier News, Landscape Contractor National, and Landscape Superintendent and Maintenance Professional magazines, this online portal to the landscape development industry includes a product search feature; state-by-state directories of wholesale and retail product vendors and landscape/design/maintenance professionals; articles and research; links to associations; events; classifieds; and industry news.

Lead [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses the common hazard of occupational overexposure to lead, which may be present in hazardous concentrations in food, water, and air, from sources such as paint and urban dust. The site offers relevant OSHA standards, health hazards from lead exposure, how lead exposure is evaluated and where it occurs, possible controls, training, OSHA’s Lead eTool, and other resources.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System [USGBC]

LEED is the US Green Building Council’s nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators tools for an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability encompassing: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Specific programs include: New Commercial Construction and Major Renovation projects, Existing Building Operations and Maintenance, Commercial Interiors projects, Core and Shell Development projects, Homes, Neighborhood Development, and Guidelines for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System [USGBC]

LEED is the US Green Building Council’s nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators tools for an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. As a third-party certification program, LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability encompassing sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Specific programs include: New Construction and Major Renovations, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Healthcare, Homes, and Neighborhood Development.

Legionnaires’ Disease [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers information on Legionnaires’ disease, a bacterial disease commonly associated with water-based aerosols that OSHA says often results from poorly maintained air conditioning cooling towers and potable water systems. The site offers applicable OSHA and national consensus standards and examples of potential hazards and possible solutions.

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) or Control of Hazardous Energy [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses issues related to “Lockout/Tagout”–specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. The site contains relevant OSHA standards, why LOTO is needed, examples of LOTO programs, and OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout eTool.

LowCarbonWorld.com

This Web-based communication platform was launched by Low Carbon Economy.com and the United Nation’s Climate Neutral Network and is aimed at speeding the transition to a green economy. It lists every country’s carbon policies, commitments, historical performance, future projections and opportunities, as well as other information.

Machine Guarding [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contains general information on the various hazards of mechanical motion and techniques for protecting workers. OSHA says that any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded, and its hazards either eliminated or controlled. The page provides information on relevant OSHA standards, hazards from ineffective machine guarding, possible machine guarding solutions, and OSHA’s Machine Guarding eTool.

Mesothelioma Group

Nonprofit resource to help prevent mesothelioma and to support those with the disease. It offers thorough explanations of the disease and treatments, with a special section for military veterans and another section identifying which products still contain asbestos today, and how asbestos can be spread through various activities (“Causes”).

Mesothelioma.com

A comprehensive resource for information about mesothelioma cancer, caused primarily by repeated occupational exposure to asbestos. Contains research and information on mesothelioma, treatments for the disease, related news, and highlights on occupations at risk, specific companies, and specific products. It also discusses the asbestos industry and related diseases, legislation, removal, and contractors.

MIMOSA

MIMOSA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to developing and encouraging the adoption of open information standards for Operations and Maintenance in manufacturing, fleet, and facility environments. MIMOSA’s open standards enable collaborative asset lifecycle management in both commercial and military applications.

Mobile Office Technology

This section of the New York Times Company’s “About” Web site covers electronics and gadgets for use in mobile/home offices, and offers information about teleworking. Extensive topic list includes: laptops, PDAs/handhelds, phones for mobile workers, VoIP, home offices, mobile security, tips for telecommuting, a buyer’s guide, and information on home office/vehicle tax deduction in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the U.K.

Mold [AIHA]

This site from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) addresses how to protect individuals from exposure to potentially hazardous but ubiquitous molds and fungi. The site describes methodologies and techniques currently available to conduct assessments of mold growth in residential and commercial buildings, as well as other AIHA resources and outside links. It also offers professional development courses and a listing of consultants that specialize in emergency response.

Molds and Fungi [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines molds and fungi and describes their associated health effects; lists applicable OSHA standards; explains how to detect them in the workplace; and gives information on control and clean-up of mold and fungal contamination. It also contains links on preventing and cleaning up mold caused by floods and hurricanes.

Motor Decisions Matter

Motor Decisions Matter is a national campaign encouraging the use of sound motor management and planning as a tool to cut motor energy costs and increase productivity. The campaign is sponsored by a consortium of motor industry manufacturers and service centers, trade associations, electric utilities and government agencies. The campaign encourages commercial and industrial customers to develop a motor plan, with the assistance of their local distributor, repair center or utility representative. A motor plan addresses common motor decisions before they become a crisis and ensures motor availability, enhanced productivity, and lower energy costs.