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Trained to Lift In March, new training standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration went into effect, stating that operators of fork lifts or powered industrial trucks used to push, pull, lift, stack or tier material must be trained and certified. According to OSHA, employers are now "responsible to ensure" that all employees who operate lift trucks, whether they are part-time, full-time or subcontracted, are trained. To that end, Safety Video, an Orange, California-based video company specializing in employee training videos, has created the Fork Lift Training 2000 Package, which provides tools for training, evaluation, certification and compliance with the new OSHA standards. The package, which costs $395, includes three videos, a CD-ROM and written materials. For more information or to order, call 714/771-6834; e-mail: [email protected]; or visit its Web site (www.safetyvideo.com).

Which Fork? When? Good service means good manners. If etiquette skills have slipped for you or your staff, the "Dine Like a Diplomat" course may help. Taught by Jacqueline Whitmore, founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, Florida, the course covers host/hostess duties, using flatware, eating various foods, making introductions and recouping from accidents. The four-hour seminar costs $129. For details, call 561/586-9026 or e-mail: [email protected]

Cook Like the Pros The new Loews Hotels Family Cookbook features recipes from 12 chefs of the prominent hotel chain. Pat Brown, former editor of Cuisine and Bon Appetit, serves as editor of the 88-page book. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the $10 book benefits Share Our Strength, a foodservice industry charity devoted to feeding the hungry. For additional details, call 800/23-LOEWS (235-6397). -S.C.

During World War II, London-based Allies gave paratroopers military maps painted on silk squares. Montreal-based Microsoie has brought this idea back, offering full-color city maps printed on lightweight, washable silk. Nearly 70 different maps are available for major American and European cities. Also offered are subway maps for Paris, New York, London and Moscow. Microsoie will personalize the maps to highlight a site or building or to include a company logo.

The squares are available in two sizes: 11 inches by 11 inches ($9.99 suggested retail) or 18 inches by 18 inches ($14.99). They can be ordered by calling Microsoie at 310/544-6098 or 514/272-9516; or visiting its Web site (www.microsoie.com).

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