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July 4, 2004

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             NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE ENGINEERING TEAM             
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Issue No. 158   http://etnews.org    mailto:mike@etnews.org   7-4-2004 
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- News
- ET News Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Fire Alarm Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS 
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Dept. of Homeland Security Says to Stop Using IE 
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/02/1441242

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NEW building codes go into effect
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald - Mid-Columbia,WA,USA
... Washington adopted the 2003 International Building Code, the 2003
International Residential Code, the 2003 Uniform Plumbing Code and the 2003
International ... 
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/5251642p-5187066c.html

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I'll see you in Seattle this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_Seattle_Jul2004.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org

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NEW ADAAG TO BE RELEASED
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From http://www.access-board.gov:

New ADA Accessibility Guidelines Cleared for July Publication (6/28/04)

On June 25, the Board cleared its last hurdle before moving to publish updated
accessibility guidelines for facilities covered by the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). The Office of Management and Budget, the Federal
government's regulatory clearinghouse, approved the new guidelines after a
120-day review. The Board is now preparing the document for publication, which
it plans to release on July 26, the 14th anniversary of the signing of the ADA
into law.

The new document overhauls and updates the ADA Accessibility Guidelines and
includes a number of revisions both large and small. It marks the first
full-scale update of the guidelines, which were originally published in 1991 on
the first anniversary of the ADA. The published rule also will include updated
guidelines for Federal facilities, which are covered not by the ADA but by an
earlier law, the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Both the ADA guidelines and
the ABA guidelines, which the Board updated jointly to make them more
consistent, address access in new construction and alterations and contain
scoping provisions, which indicate what has to comply, and technical
specifications, which spell out how compliance is to be achieved. 

The published guidelines will not be mandatory on the public. Instead, they will
serve as the baseline for enforceable standards (which are mandatory) maintained
by other agencies. These other agencies, such as the Department of Justice under
the ADA, must update their standards according to the Boards guidelines. In
doing so, they will indicate when the new requirements must be followed. The
existing standards are to be used until the effective date specified for the new
standards. 

The Board will post the guidelines on its website once they are published and
will provide print copies free upon request. Technical assistance on the
guidelines will be available through the Board's toll-free line, and the Board
will offer training on them at various events across the country in cooperation
with other organizations. 

The new guidelines are here:
http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/commrept.htm#702

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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Place your "job opportunity" or "seeking employment" ad here. 
mailto:jobs@etnews.org

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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE 
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July 6-8, 2004 Seattle, WA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_Seattle_Jul2004.pdf

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July 13-15, 2004 Chicago, IL
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III/IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_AdvFA_Chicago_Jul2004.pdf

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July 20-22, 2004 Salt Lake City, UT
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_SaltLakeCity_Jul2004.pdf

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August 17-19, 2004 Cincinnati, OH
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar
Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/BasFA_TI_PR_Cincinnati_Aug2004.pdf

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August 24-26, 2004 Indianapolis, IN
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_UCR-IBC_Indy_Aug2004.pdf

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August 31- September 2, 2004 Dallas, TX
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements
More information is forthcoming.

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