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Hazard Communication

I heard a terrible story in a training class years ago.

It was a typical hot Florida day and the men were drinking like they should be.  That's the good news.  The bad news was that one guy was working to clean the adhesives from newly installed glazing.  He was using acetone for that.  A big jug is heavy and hard to manage, so he put a half pint in .... you guessed it ... a Gatorade bottle.  His buddy didn't notice which bottle was which.

Have you ever scorched your esophagus?

This is a problem that needn't ever have happened.  Do you watch your workers to see that they label all their containers?  It doesn't take hardly ANY time, right?

Train your workers in the safe usage of hazardous and dangerous chemicals and substances.  THIS is called Hazard Communication and it is the second most cited violation in the Unitded States.  We are introducing it into our course for the first time, now.

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Continuing Education Class in KENDALL

Attention Contractors in the Kendall and Miami area!  We are having CILB approved 14-hour and 16-hour courses in the Kendall area on February 12, 2018. 

This class will be held at the Comfort Suites on SW 117 Avenue, just north of Bird Road ... beside the post office, in Kendall.

This class is perfect for Kendall contractors who do not wish to travel and want a discounted class that will inspire them, and education them as well as be a fun environment.

Both Miami Dade licensed contractors and state licensed contractors may register for this class and receive all the credit hours necessary for their license renewal.

Our continuing education courses are TORTURE-FREE!  We make the program FUN and INTERESTING!

Contractors Education and Training Corporation is about helping make your Florida construction business MORE successful.

License status

Many contractors taking continuing education in Florida are not clear about the options of license status in this state.

When you pay all your license fees and maintain all the things you must maintain, your license is "active" and you may engage in contracting.  Everybody "gets" that.  But how about if you want to take a break, or put things on "hold" for a while?

First, you can only, really, choose to do this at license renewal time.  You can't do it in the middle of a license period.  The board won't switch you in the middle of the period.  So, come this August 31st, if you choose to become inactive, you must "renew" your status as inactive.  If you do nothing, the license does NOT automatically become "inactive".  In that case, it would automatically become "delinquent".  If you carry on like that for an entire license period, then, your license would be lost and you would have to renew, all over again, as a new applicant.

Solid continuing education can help you understand this.  To change status to "inactive" requires board approval, as they want to make sure that you haven't left open permits, violations or investigations, on the table. 

So, back to the beginning.  Whether you want to be inactive or active, you must renew at renewal time.  You must also comply with continuing education requirements regardless of your selection at that time.

More information is available at 489.116 F.S.  Go there from our link in USEFUL LINKS, or here:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0489/SEC116.HTM&Title=-%3E2008-%3ECh0489-%3ESection%20116

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Quality Cabinetry

I learned an interesting bit of information about cabinets.

In a recent blog entry we talked about VOC's.  I am continually amazed at how pervasive this condition is. 

The EPA says:  "Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.  VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored."

What does this have to do with kitchen cabinets? 

Well, make sure when you buy cabinets for yourself, or bid jobs for potential clients - be sure to understand the risks of using cabinets made of "manufactured" wood products.  These are HIGH in glues and formaldehyde.  We are talking about medium density fiber board, particle board and hardwood plywoods.  Many of these are also coated with a very potent "acid catalyzed" formaldehyde finish.  The emissions are substantial - and last for from 6-12 months.  Many of these glues have been found to have a half life of several years.

Do your customers know the difference and would it make you stand out....if you inform them of the differences?

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