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(CCOHS) - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Canada's national centre for occupational health and safety.
(CDC) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mission is: "To promote health and quality of life by preventing
and controlling disease, injury, and disability." See section, "Designing and Building Healthy Places."
(EPA) - Environmental Protection Agency
Mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural
(GSA) - General Services Administration
Provides policy leadership and expert solutions in services, space, and products, at the best value,
to enable federal employees to accomplish their missions. See "Design and Construction"
(LBL) - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Also known as Berkeley Lab)
Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science lab managed by University of California.
(NREL) - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Federal government laboratory for renewable energy and energy
efficiency research, development, and deployment.
NIH Design Policy and Guidelines
These guidelines were developed to provide minimum criteria to
assist architects, planners, and engineers in the process of
designing research, vivarium, and clinical center facilities.
(OACU) - NIH Office of Animal Care and Use
An information source for persons using animals in biomedical
(OSHA) - Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of
(AAALAC) — Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Lab
A private nonprofit organization that promotes the humane
treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program.
(AALAS) — American Association of Laboratory Animal Science
The premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise
in the care and use of laboratory animals.
(ACCA) — Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Help the best HVACR contractors in the country acquire, serve, and satisfy customers.
(ACEEE) — American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Nonprofit dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and
environmental protection. See "Buildings Program."
(ACGIH) — American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
A member-based organization and community of professionals
that advances worker health and safety through education and the
development and dissemination of scientific and technical
(ACS) — The American Chemical Society
(AESP) — Association of Energy Service Professionals
Dedicated to advancing the professional interests of individuals working to provide value through
energy services and energy efficiency by the sharing of ideas, information and experience
(AFE) — Association for Facilities Engineering
Professionals who ensure the optimal operation of plants,
grounds, and offices.
(AGC) — Associated General Contractors of America
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of
America), the organization of choice for those associated with the
construction industry, includes qualified construction contractors
and industry related companies dedicated to skill, integrity and
(AHA) — American Hospital Association
An advocacy group (legislative, regulatory, policy, judicial) that
represents all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their
patients and communities.
(AIA) — American Institute of Architects, The
Promotes communication among all members of the design and
construction team not only including architects, but of those in
(AIHA) — American Industrial Hygiene Association
Promotes, protects, and enhances industrial hygienists and other
occupational health, safety and environmental professionals in
their efforts to improve the health and well being of workers, the
community, and the environment.
(AMCA) — Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.
A nonprofit international association of the world's manufacturers of air system equipment. Mission is to
promote the health and growth of its industries covered by its scope and the members of the association consistent
with the interests of the public.
(ARI) — Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute
Trade association representing the manufacturers of
air-conditioning products and components.
(APHA) — American Public Health Association
Organization of public health professionals.
(ASCE) — American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Civil Engineers represents members of
the civil engineering profession.
(ASHE) — American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Advocate and resource for continuous improvement in the health
care engineering and facilities management professions.
(ASHRAE) — American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Advances the knowledge and skills of heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning,
and ventilation through research, publications, writing of standards, and continuing education.
(ASME) — American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Non-profit educational and technical organization.
(ASSE) — American Society of Safety Engineers
Professional safety organization.
(AZA) — American Zoo and Aquarium Association
A non-profit dedicated to the advancement of zoos and
(BIE) — Building Industry Exchange
A business to business directory of architects, engineers, etc.
(BOCA) — Building Officials and Code Administrators
A nonprofit membership association dedicated to preserving the
public health, safety and welfare in the built environment through
the effective, efficient use and enforcement of Model Codes.
(BOMA) — Building Owners and Managers Association
Advocacy group for the commercial real estate industry. The
educational institute of BOMA that offers designations in real
property management (RPA), facilities management (FMA), and
systems maintenance (SMT/SMA). Courses are delivered by
classroom study, self-study, corporate classes, accelerated
review, and facilitated group study.
The Association for Learning Environments
A professional association whose members (individuals,
institutions, corporate) are actively involved in planning,
designing, building and equipping schools and colleges.
(CIBSE) — Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
It confers an internationally recognised badge of quality. It
undertakes a wide range of learned society activities ranging from
producing information services and acknowledged industry good
practice publications in its series of Guides and other
publications, to running a wide range of events, and to providing
extensive networking activities through a series of regional and
special interest groups.
(CSI) — Construction Specifications Institute
A technical society whose purpose is to improve, create and sustain the built environment. Provides technical information and
products, continuing education, professional conferences and product shows.
Energy Solutions Center
A technology commercialization and market development
organization representing energy utilities, municipal energy
authorities, equipment manufacturers and vendors.
(I2SL) - The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories
To engage all stakeholders in advancing the safety and sustainability of laboratories and other high-tech facilities globally.
(ICBO) — International Conference of Building Officials
"...dedicated to public safety in the built environment worldwide
through development and promotion of uniform codes and
standards, enhancement of professionalism in code administration
and facilitation of acceptance of innovative building products and
(ICC) — International Code Council
A nonprofit dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated
national model construction codes. Associated with BOCA, ICBO, and SBCC.
(IDEA) — International District Energy Association
A nonprofit trade association. Vision is to advance global environmental quality
through efficient district energy.
(IFMA) — International Facility Management Association
Professional association for facility management. A not-for-profit association
dedicated to promoting excellence in the management of facilities. Spots trends,
conducts research, provides educational programs, and assists corporate and
organizational facility managers in developing strategies to manage human, facility,
and real estate resources.
(IEEE) — Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
Promotes the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and
applying knowledge about electrical and information technologies and sciences.
(IEST) — Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology
An international professional society that serves members and industries through
education and the development of recommended practices and standards.
Multidisciplinary: contamination control in electronics manufacturing and
pharmaceutical processes; design, test, and evaluation of commercial and military
equipment; and product reliability issues associated with commercial and military
(IIE) — Institute of Industrial Engineers
Peer group for Industrial Engineers.
(ISO) — International Organization for Standardization
International Standards for business, government and society. ISO 9000, etc.
(ISPE) — International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
Non Porfit volunteer Society of technical professional who apply their particular
knowledge in the Life Science industry.
(MCAA) — Mechanical Contractors Association of America
Engages in research and education that will assist contractors in furnishing safe and
dependable installations through the use of qualified Welding Procedure
Specifications and qualified welders.
(NACUBO) — National Association for College and University Business Officers
Represents chief administrative and financial officers at colleges and universities in the USA. Promotes sound management and financial policies.
(NAESCO) — National Association of Energy Service Companies
A business that develops, installs, and finances projects designed to improve the
energy efficiency and maintenance costs for facilities over a seven to ten year period.
(NAFA) — National Air Filtration Association
Promotes and advances the common interest of those angaged in the air filtration
(NEBB) — National Environmental Balancing Bureau
A nonprofit organization to help architects, engineers, building owners and contractors produce buildings with HVAC
systems that perform in ways they have been visualized and designed.
(NFPA) — National Fire Protection Association
Purpose is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating
scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
(NSPE) — National Society of Professional Engineers
The only engineering society that represents individual engineering professionals and licensed engineers (PEs) across all
(PHCC) — Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractor's Association
Promotion, advancement, education, and training of the industry, for the protection of our environment and the health,
safety, and comfort of society.
(RSES) — Refrigeration Service Engineers Society
Enhanced technical competence by offering comprehensive, cutting-edge education and certification to our members and the
HVAC/R industry. To advance the professionalism and proficiency of our industry through alliances with other HVAC/R
(SMACNA) — Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
A trade association dedicated to provide products, services, and representation to enhance members businesses, markets, and
(SCUP) — Society of College and University Planners
Focused on the promotion, advancement, and application of effective planning in higher education.
(SBCCI) — Southern Building Code Congress International
A nonprofit organization that develops and maintains a set of model building codes.
(SEFA) — Scientific Equipment & Furniture Association
The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA) was organized in 1988 to meet the needs of an important
industry of designers, manufacturers and installers of scientific equipment and furniture.
Conferences and online exclusive reports to corporate, institutional, and government professionals for the planning, design, construction, and management of facility assets.
(USGBC) — U.S. Green Building Council
A coalition of building industry leaders working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and
healthy places to live and work.
(ADA) — Americans with Disabilities Act
This is the ADA website of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Animal Welfare Act
Regulates the care and treatment of animals that are used for research, exhibition or are sold as pets at the wholesale
level. This Act is administered by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Excludes retail pet stores and
animals raised for food or fur.
Odor Thresholds for Chemicals with Established Occupational Health Standards
American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation: Standard Z9.5
ASHRAE — 2003 Handbook, Chapters 13 and 43
ASHRAE — TC 9.10 Laboratory Systems
ASHRAE — TC 9.11 Clean Spaces
ASHRAE — ASHRAE - 110 - Method of Testing Performance of Laboratory Fume Hoods
ASHRAE — ASHRAE - Standard 170-2017 -- Ventilation of Health Care Facilities (ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Approved)
BioSafety Level 1,2,3, and 4 per Publications of the National Institutes of Health
Cal−OSHA — California Administrative Code, Title 8, Section 5154.1
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL,
"Prudent Practices for Handling Chemicals"
NFPA 45: Fire Protection for Labs Using Chemicals
Occupational Exposures To Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories