GIR President’s Professional Engineer Licenses by State

GIR President, Phil Golden, is a professional engineer in 29 states and counting:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin

GIR’s Spring Highway Cleanup

Winter has finally come to a close- we think. With the weather finally being consistently above freezing, we figured that now would be a great time to tend to GIR’s Adopt-a-Highway service project.

On a sunny, 60-degree day, we geared up with neon yellow safety vests, gloves, and plenty of garbage bags. We divided and conquered the 2-mile stretch of Highway 18 that GIR is responsible for, with half of us starting on one end, half on the other, and meeting in the middle. It was terrific to be outside on such a pleasant day, to get a little exercise, and, most importantly, to give back a little to the local community.

After a long winter, the abundance and strange variety of garbage we picked up was at a high. We can confidently say that this section of the highway is looking a whole lot better!

Look for GIR at RETA Hershey, PA

The annual IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration) conference is being held in Hershey, Pennsylvania this year from September 26th to 29th. Phil is escaping our Wisconsin office to attend and is hoping to see you there!

IIAR is an organization that, through advocacy and information, supports those involved with the industrial refrigeration industry. It promotes safe ammonia refrigeration practices, especially through its published standards such as IIAR 2. The conference serves as a great opportunity to learn more about the industry, brush up on important topics, to network, and to reconnect with associates. It is also a nice way for Professional Engineers to earn Professional Development Hours (needed for renewing PE licenses) by attending programs offered throughout the conference.

It should be a great time. If you’re attending, keep an eye out for Phil!

Interpreting Reforms in Industry Compliance Standards

At GIR, we recognize the criticality of keeping up with industry standards and regulations. Rules have of course evolved steadily over the past few decades, but a new wave of intensive industry reforms is unfolding at an accelerated rate.

Phil Golden recently gave a presentation at a local RETA chapter meeting, titled, “I Want My NH3: How New Reforms in Industry Regulations Affect You.” His talk emphasized the rapidly-changing landscape of regulatory compliance, what authorities are now expecting of facilities, and what it all means for us within the industry.

For example, many facilities are under the belief that being under the 10,000-pound threshold of ammonia makes them safe from EPA and OSHA run-ins. However, the General Duty Clause and other standards make all facilities accountable for following industry regulations. That means that facilities under the threshold can and have been subject to citations and fines.

Some of the topics covered in our presentation:

  • What these new standards are
  • A breakdown of common acronyms and jargon pertinent to compliance
  • Case studies of EPA and OSHA cases
  • How these changes affect facilities
  • Why it is critical to be proactive on these matters

If you’re interested in learning more about how compliance standards are changing, and what you can do to ensure your facility is covered, contact us today!

Come Visit Us At The International Dairy Show!

The 2013 International Dairy Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL is right around the corner!  Come visit us at booth #1768 to meet us and learn more about the services we provide.  Don’t forget to ask about this years awesome show special.  You won’t be disappointed!!