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Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines […] Continue reading » Qualified Person

Can I Write?

I have a couple of old co-worker friends who have taken to writing books. I’ll call them Wayne and Joe. I have recently read their new books. These are people into their 60’s. Younger than I, now pushing past seven decades. None of them are trained English writing majors. Neither am I. It has me wondering if there is anything I am missing here…

I can’t say they are on the top ten best sellers list. I am sure they are not. But I think the reasons for publishing are similar to why I post on so many blogs. I can see the hits and […] Continue reading » Can I Write?

On The Make

This is about making things. Not about aggressive social intercourse, There is a certain mental, not biological attraction for the things I build with my hands. It’s a thinking and doing in creating tangible items, not about assertive interpersonal relations. Sigmund Freud probably thought a lot about that… not about making tangible things. Ha!

I like being on the make. I have always made things. All my life I have spent considerable time assembling and making things.

I started with kits. The design and all the parts are provided. A set of instructions are provided. Assembly begins.

The first assembly kit I remember was a […] Continue reading » On The Make

Determining Standards

Standardization is a wonderful tool. Too many alternatives means nothing can work together as a system and quality has no standard for measurement. A monopoly requires and influences the creation of standards. The biggest player gets to make the most rules.

What I see happen is that sometimes standardized operation policy and rules gets out of touch with special needs.

I worked 17 years for a Texas, USA manufacturing/installation corporation that while I was there, was bought out several times by very successful and larger non-USA corporations. Largely because of the highly successful construction (installation) division in which I was among many titles, a construction manager. The new foreign owners […] Continue reading » Determining Standards

Bad Science

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The public knowledge is being overrun and polluted by bad science in the name of entertainment. I am seeing it everywhere and although I can recognize it for what it is, I believe there may be a great number of people, especially our developing youth who don’t recognize it.

The entertainment almost always starts out with a “what if?” or “perhaps” and then a “maybe then…” The producers are very careful to not say what they are about to present has any truth or scientific method proof. Then it is a license for the imagination to run wild as a form of entertainment.

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