10 THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 AUGUST 10, 2015 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | HUMIDIFICATION, DEHUMIDIFICATION & MOLD REMEDIATION OSHA Alters Confined Spaces Rule Attics and crawlspaces now classiﬁ ed as conﬁ ned spaces, affected by new rule requirements BY JEN ANESI THE NEWS STAFF O n May 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administra-tion (OSHA) released a long-awaited final rule affecting the training requirements for employees working in confined spaces in construc-tion, which now includes attics and crawl-spaces — areas where HVAC equipment is frequently located. The rule, which took effect Aug. 3 and will be enforceable after Oct. 2, adds a new subpart to the exist-ing rule and includes a permit program designed to protect employees from expo-sure to the many hazards associated with work in confined spaces, including atmo-spheric and physical hazards. While some industrial and commercial HVACR contractors are already accli-mated to the OSHA requirements, which have long applied to confined spaces, such as tunnels and man holes, they, along with residential HVAC contractors, will need to make sure they are on top of the new requirements. “OSHA’s new Standard on Confined Spaces in Construction changes the way mechanical construction contractors approach confined space safety,” said Tom Skaggs, chairman of the health committee at the Mechanical Contractors Associa-tion of America (MCAA) and vice presi-dent of operations for Murphy Co. John Jones, national technical direc-■ See OSHA | page 17 The Internet of Things: Leaping Tall Buildings in a Single Bound Commercial HVAC market reaping the beneﬁ ts of connected, interactive technology BY NICK KOSTORA THE NEWS STAFF FYI HVAC BRIEFS COMMERCIAL CONTRACTORS Wiegmann Associates (St. Louis) named Ashley Campbell project engineer. She is responsible for specifying HVAC equipment and developing conceptual CAMPBELL engineering designs. Bahnson Inc. (Winston Salem, North Carolina) celebrated its 100 th anniver-sary this summer. Tozour Energy Systems (King of Prus-sia, Pennsylvania) named Mariya McConnell controller. T he Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a widely recognized option in the residential HVAC market. The U.S. Acquity Group’s 2014 IoT study found that 69 percent of consumers plan to buy an in-home device in the next five years, and, by the end of 2015, about 13 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT device such as a ther-mostat or in-home security camera. While the residential market garners many of the headlines, the commercial IoT market is taking shape, as well. “[The commercial] market still has a lot of confusion around business and industrial applications and how the IoT will be applied,” said Brandy Moore, director of global field services, Schneider Electric. “Phones and Web browsers have shown people how the IoT can benefit them in small ways, and sharing of data ■ See IoT | page 16 MANUFACTURER TruTech Tools Ltd. (Akron, Ohio) acquired FieryChill Inc. (Akron, Ohio) and added a sales counter to its Akron, Ohio, office. ORGANIZATIONS Messe Frankfurt Inc.’s (Paris) ISH trade fair announced Turkey as its part-ner country for 2017. RSES (Rolling Meadows, Illinois) awarded certificate member status to Gary Edge , Richard Gillenwater , and Gregory Ward . COMMAND & CONQUER : Honeywell’s Command Wall is a consolidation platform designed to bring data and information together from any relevant system within a building. continued on Page 6 FROSTlines eNewsletter FROSTlines is a FREE monthly eNewsletter, brought to you by the editors editor of The NEWS, developed specifically for refrigeration ws.com contractors and distributors. eNewsletters / achrne Sign Up Today!