AWI e-briefs - 10/05/2006 (Plain Text Version)

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Association News

AWI “Year in Review” Coming Soon to Your Mailbox

Want to know where your AWI membership dues dollars were spent in 2005-2006?  Learn about the record number of achievements AWI realized in the past year.  Count the number of products, programs and publications members benefited from in 2005-2006.  Discover that AWI  member retention is extremely high – 91%. See the historic numbers associated with AWI and QCP. 

Watch for the Special Edition of AWI NewsBriefs coming your way in the mail around October 20.  Take notice of the October AWI mailing sponsor, Panel Source. 
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Industry News

New Woodwork Education Portal Launched

A new web site,, launched recently by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), is a portal for education and training information for woodworking and related industries. Learn more about this comprehensive resource linked from AWI’s web site.

A searchable database also helps students and others seeking careers in the industry to find schools, technical centers and more to advance their education and training.  [Return to top]

FSC Certified Wood Pavilion at GreenBuild Expo

The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) GreenBuild Conference and Expo is set to draw nearly 10,000 attendees and more than 400 exhibitors, as it did in 2005.  In its fifth year, GreenBuild Expo 2006 will be held in Denver, CO, from November 15-17, 2006. 

Architectural woodworkers will find information about FSC-certified products at the FSC Certified Wood Pavilion. Visit the USGBC web site for details and to register.  [Return to top]

About QCP

Thanks for the Compliment!

QCP is gaining ground as members will note in the October “Year in Review” issue of AWI NewsBriefs.  In 2005-2006, QCP grew in participants, projects registered, and projects labeled.

Recently, a new QCP participant wrote...

“I am very proud to be judged good enough to be a member of such an elite group of professional woodworkers.  I have spent my life working to be the best I could be and am humbled to find that my efforts have not been in vain.”

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Safety Matters

“QuickTips” from OSHA about Fire Prevention

October - autumn colors, cooler weather, shorter days and, by the way, National Fire Prevention Month. Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 every year.

OSHA has a wealth of informational resources, and a few tips, to help ensure that employees remain safe on the job and not become a fire victim. For example, employers should:

  • Train their employees about fire hazards in their workplace and about what to do in a fire emergency; 
  • Use fire prevention and emergency evacuation plans; 
  • Ensure exit routes are properly marked, and free from obstacles; 
  • Make portable fire extinguishers available and check them frequently; and 
  • Change the batteries in all smoke detectors.

OSHA's safety and health topics page on Fire Safety is a good resource for information to prevent fire-related workplace injuries and fatalities.  [Return to top]

In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area... Empire State and Florida. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business and make contacts with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI Empire State Chapter
When: October 11, 2006
What: Insights into Contracts
Speaker: AWILL Ambassador Scott Nelson
Where: Syracuse, NY
Contact:  Josh Browning,

AWI Florida Chapter
  November 3-5, 2006
What: “40th Anniversary AWI Florida Chapter Changeover”
Program: “Notions about Woodwork,” “Woodwork Solutions – Veneer Module,” CSI-AWI Tabletop Display, Plant Tour, “Human Resource Practices for Success” and more
Where: Key West, FL
More information: For full program information and to register, visit  [Return to top]

AWI Office Schedule

AWI's offices will be closed on October 9 in observance of Columbus Day.  [Return to top]

Next Issue of E-briefs

The next edition of e-briefs will be published on October 19, 2006.  [Return to top]