Beijing Velodrome's Skylight Brings Fire Safety, Natural Light

The newly completed Laoshan Velodrome, where bicycle races and Paralympic events will take place during next year's Beijing Olympics (Aug. 8-24, 2008) and Paralympic Games, is a "technological masterpiece" with a "super skylight" 56 meters in diameter that offers natural light and a fire safety benefit, the city's Olympics officials say.

Writing on the event's impressive Web site, http://en.beijing2008.cn/, they say 240 square meters of the skylight can open to admit fresh air, and its "windows" will open automatically to let out smoke during a fire emergency. The skylight's double-layer polycarbonate panels admit natural light but will not allow the August sunlight to shine in the eyes of competing cyclists.

The China Academy of Safety Sciences and Technology (CASST), a national academy within the State Administration Work Safety of China (SAWS), says food safety for the participants and attendees is being ensured by the 2008 Olympic Food Safety Experts Committee, which consists of 15 Chinese and international experts. The food safety scheme includes protected inspection facilities, labeling, and the Olympic Food Safety Emergency Commanding Center. For information about CASST, visit www.chinasafety.ac.cn/english/index.htm.

comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2019

    October 2019

    Featuring:

    • WINTER HAZARDS
      Preparing for Old Man Winter's Arrival
    • CONSTRUCTION
      Staying Safe in the Trenches
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Setting a Higher Standard: The Limitations of Regulatory Limits
    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Important Things to Know About Arc Flash PPE Programs
    View This Issue