first_img(USFA) A new fact sheet from the Technical Research, Assistance Center, Information Exchange (TRACIE) provides a quick reference to help you protect your staff with safe, approved PPE and instructions on how to report sellers of counterfeit products. Respirators for Healthcare during COVID-19: Authorized Use and Avoiding Fraudulent Products recommends the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Certified Equipment List and the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization list. Review this guidance and keep it on-hand as a reference to help ensure the safety of people in your department. Sales and production of fraudulent PPE, especially N95 and KN95 masks, have increased since December 2019 as people took advantage of the pandemic to make money. Many agencies and departments are having problems getting PPE and must source from unknown sellers. Keep this guidance on-hand These lists provide information on what types of masks or respirators to use under various circumstances, use of imported products, and indicators of counterfeit products and vendors. United States Fire Administrationlast_img read more

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first_img Name and address supplied I write in response to previous articles regarding best value tendering, in particular Graeme Hydari’s letter (see [2009] Gazette, 16 July, 9). If you decide to publish this letter, I would appreciate it if you could hold back my name and firm details, as this is a personal view and not one necessarily shared by my firm. As a procurement professional working for a national law firm, I wholeheartedly support the idea of BVT and believe that it drives economically sound solutions to supply issues. While many lawyers may view the law as a discrete service, in reality they are simply supplying a customer with a service and therefore BVT is an appropriate tool to use. However, crucial to the success of BVT is the need for good procurement practice. Botched privatisations have undoubtedly been the fault of poor implementation of BVT, rather than of the principle itself. A good buyer would understand the market, understand the issues facing the sellers in that market and build a detailed and complete specification of the service required (which takes into account unknown factors/variables). In addition, the buyer will also take a long-term view and not be blinded by short-term cash incentives. Best value means just that – best value – not necessarily cheapest! Understandably, however, there has been some scepticism as no one has been in a position to assess the strength of the Legal Services Commission’s procurement team. Perhaps the best thing the LSC can do to reassure firms in this market is to confirm that they have employed appropriately qualified and experienced procurement professionals, who will take into account all of the issues and take the time to do this properly. The sooner the legal profession as a whole embraces best value tendering instead of fighting against it, the easier it will be for all concerned.last_img read more

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first_imgFINLAND: National operator VR has selected Transtech Oy as preferred bidder for a €90m contract to supply 27 double-deck coaches in 2016-17.The order covers a further 10 Edm double-deck sleeping cars and 17 Edo driving cars, similar to vehicles that the Finnish rolling stock manufacturer has previously supplied to VR. The sleeping cars will replace life-expired stock from the 1970s and 1980s on services to Kolari in the far north, and will have air-conditioning, power sockets, free wi-fi, and a toilet and shower in each compartment. The order is the latest step in VR’s €2bn programme to renew its locomotive and rolling stock fleet by the end of this decade. The Transtech Oy push-pull driving cars for VR were described in detail by Dr Rolf Paradies, Engineer, Simulation & FEA, at Prose AG, in the March 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International. Magazine subscribers can read the article in the digital archive.last_img read more

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first_imgThose interested in applying must fill out a candidate packet from the HEA website and submit the application by 5:00 pm March 4. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association has opened the nomination period for three seats on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. Gallagher: “One of the requirements of the candidacy packet is that the candidate gather at least 15 signatures of current HEA members that live in the district that the candidate resides in. We recommend that you would get maybe twice that many in case there’s a problem with verifying the signatures.” Joe Gallagher with HEA says the energy cooperative’s Board is made up of nine members who occupy three seats for each of the three districts that make up the service area. He detailed the open seats. Gallagher: In District one, that’s basically the Kenai-Nikiski area, the seat held by Boad Member Dan Chay is up for election; District two is basically the Soldotna and some of the Kasilof area, that seat held by Soldotna resident Ed Oberts will be on the ballot; the third district, District three, is basically Kasilof south to Homer and also includes across Kachemak Bay, the District three seat that is open this year is held by Homer resident Bill Fry.”last_img read more

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first_imgCaribbean Premier League (CPL) Head of Public Relations (PR) Peter Miller says they are awaiting the final confirmation with respect to Guyana being a venue for the upcoming CPL tournament. In a correspondence between Stabroek News and Miller when asked for a response to the issue of Guyana not being listed as a hosting venue Miller said, “”We are awaiting final confirmation of the games in Guyana. We thank CPL fans in Guyana for their patience while we sort a few things and will confirm all the details very soon.”While it could not be deduced when the information would be available, Miller added, “We are working through the detail to bring even more games to Guyana and as always we are thankful for the government’s support in making that happen.” Peter MillerEarlier, Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for Sports Dr George Norton indicated to this publication that he was yet to see any proposal for the hosting of matches in Guyana but said someone has indicated an interest in setting up a meeting with him but was not in the country. However, Norton is hoping the proposal is favourable and matches will come to Guyana, home of the Amazon Warriors.When asked if this was the normal procedure, Miller said, “It is normal procedure to wait until all details are finalised before we announce a venue.” He did not state if the issue of contractual obligations between the host venue and CPL had taken this course previously.An optimistic Miller added that “we should have more news very soon. We don’t have any issues, it is just a case of finalising all of the details before announcing.” Guyana has not been listed as one of the seven venues to host the sixth edition despite being one of the largest supporting crowds in the past but accreditation has indicated Guyana to host preliminary matches and playoffs.The CPL gets underway from August 8 to September 16.last_img read more

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