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Update on proposed SPS 330 SPS 330-Fire Department Safety and Health Standards The Department of Safety and Professional Services is pleased to announce legislative approval of CR-17-067 regarding SPS 330 Fire Department Safety and Health Standards.  The rule will be published at the end of September 2018 and become effective October 1, 2018.  Here...
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Public information is only useful if it is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). The Pistoia Alliance was pleased to … The post HELM is now a FAIR standard appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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