Material Handling Depot

This commercial site offers information on suppliers, equipment, and services in the material handling industry, including such items as automated storage/retrieval systems, conveyor systems, cranes & hoists, lifting equipment, maintenance items, racking & shelving, software, etc. It also covers ergonomics, safety, and facilities planning.

Merchandise Mart

This facility in Chicago is reportedly the world’s largest commercial building and largest wholesale design center, with sixty percent of the building’s area devoted to wholesale showrooms. The site includes a database of all the tenants and a directory to products and services offered. The main Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) site lists all the properties MMPI manages (buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and office space), as well as the trade shows and conferences MMPI produces.

Mesothelioma causes has a plethora of free resources and information for those suffering from mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos diseases. Periodically reviewed by medical professionals, the site covers treatment options, financial assistance, and help for families of asbestos victims. This page covers the causes of mesothelioma, including various types and sources of asbestos exposure, genetics and radiation exposure. Most of those diagnosed were exposed to asbestos over a period of time in such jobs as HVAC and other building maintenance work, manufacturing facilities and plants, demolition, and other industrial settings.


Mesothelioma Group

Nonprofit resource to help prevent mesothelioma and to support those with the disease. It offers thorough explanations of the disease and treatments, with a special section for military veterans and another section identifying which products still contain asbestos today, and how asbestos can be spread through various activities (“Causes”).

A comprehensive resource for information about mesothelioma cancer, caused primarily by repeated occupational exposure to asbestos. Contains research and information on mesothelioma, treatments for the disease, related news, and highlights on occupations at risk, specific companies, and specific products. It also discusses the asbestos industry and related diseases, legislation, removal, and contractors.

Microsoft: Accessibility

Includes information on accessibility features and settings in Microsoft products and assistive technology products available for Windows. Also offers demos, tutorials, guides listed by impairment and guides for business organizations, news and case studies, and information on Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers.


MIMOSA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to developing and encouraging the adoption of open information standards for Operations and Maintenance in manufacturing, fleet, and facility environments. MIMOSA’s open standards enable collaborative asset lifecycle management in both commercial and military applications.

Mobile Office Technology

This section of the New York Times Company’s “About” Web site covers electronics and gadgets for use in mobile/home offices, and offers information about teleworking. Extensive topic list includes: laptops, PDAs/handhelds, phones for mobile workers, VoIP, home offices, mobile security, tips for telecommuting, a buyer’s guide, and information on home office/vehicle tax deduction in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the U.K.

Mold [AIHA]

This site from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) addresses how to protect individuals from exposure to potentially hazardous but ubiquitous molds and fungi. The site describes methodologies and techniques currently available to conduct assessments of mold growth in residential and commercial buildings, as well as other AIHA resources and outside links. It also offers professional development courses and a listing of consultants that specialize in emergency response.

Molds and Fungi [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines molds and fungi and describes their associated health effects; lists applicable OSHA standards; explains how to detect them in the workplace; and gives information on control and clean-up of mold and fungal contamination. It also contains links on preventing and cleaning up mold caused by floods and hurricanes.

Motor Decisions Matter

Motor Decisions Matter is a national campaign encouraging the use of sound motor management and planning as a tool to cut motor energy costs and increase productivity. The campaign is sponsored by a consortium of motor industry manufacturers and service centers, trade associations, electric utilities and government agencies. The campaign encourages commercial and industrial customers to develop a motor plan, with the assistance of their local distributor, repair center or utility representative. A motor plan addresses common motor decisions before they become a crisis and ensures motor availability, enhanced productivity, and lower energy costs.

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

A trade association for commercial real estate that provides education, networking, and advocacy to the office, industrial, and mixed-use development community. The site offers information on local chapters, educational programs and seminars, an online membership directory, national forums, advocacy, publications and communication vehicles, industry links, and business development opportunities.

National Association of Manufacturers

The NAM, “the nation’s largest industrial trade association,” represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, and helps shape a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and favorable to manufacturing. The site includes information on and links to policy issue information, allied associations, manufacturing and trade data, the NAM Buyer-Seller Network with 70,000+ products and services, and numerous member services.

National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA)

A professional organization dedicated to state facilities professionals and suppliers. Members are responsible for the planning, development, operations and maintenance of state facilities including transportation, real estate, natural resources, prisons, colleges, universities, and correctional facilities, and/or private sector suppliers for facilities. The site offers a calendar, a career center, resources, and membership services.

National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) [HHS]

NDMS operates under the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Preparedness and Response. It is a federally coordinated, cooperative system that provides a single, integrated national medical response to assist state and local authorities in dealing with the medical and health effects of major peacetime disasters, and provides support to the military in caring for wartime casualties.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

NFRC is a nonprofit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products. NFRC’s goal is to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings. The site offers product rating information, fenestration facts, NFRC and energy codes, links, FAQs, documents and resources, and a Certified Products Database.

National Gypsum

A supplier of gypsum wall board, often referred to as drywall. Its site is meant to serve as a central repository of key information and a quick reference for use by the media, vendors, suppliers, builders and consumers. It offers basic facts about drywall, as well as more detailed scientific information and links to other relevant websites.

National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) [DHS]

The US Department of Homeland Security’s NIPP and supporting Sector-Specific Plans (SSPs) provide a coordinated approach to critical infrastructure and key resources protection roles and responsibilities for federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector security partners to help ensure that government, economy, and public services continue in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Part of the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), this federal agency is responsible for conducting research and providing information and training in the area of occupational safety and health. The site offers news, research, and numerous resources in the areas of industries and occupations, hazards and exposures, diseases and injuries, chemicals, safety and prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and data and statistics.

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

This US government site is the building community’s connection to the authoritative national source of knowledge and advice on matters of building regulation, science, and technology. NIBS councils/committees include: the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, the Building Seismic Safety Council, the Facility Information Council, the International Alliance for Interoperability of North America, Multihazard Mitigation Council, the Building Enclosure Council, and the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee. Each council’s Web page offers news and relevant information. Programs and projects include: HAZUS Multihazard Loss Estimation, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Total Building Commissioning, and Whole Building Design Guide.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

NOD is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life, focusing on increasing employment opportunities for those who are not employed. The site includes a section For Business Leaders, which offers Employment Best Practices, Assistive Technologies in the Workplace, and Disability and Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace.

National Packaging Waste Database

This site, launched by the U.K.’s Environment Agency, helps companies in the U.K. comply with the European Union’s packaging recycling regulations. Under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging) Regulations, any company involved in the packaging supply chain that is larger than £2m turnover and which handles more than 50 tons of packaging each year is obligated to recover and recycle a set level of its packaging waste.

National Property Management Association (NPMA)

Membership association for personal property and fixed-asset professionals who (as opposed to real estate property managers) oversee the effective management of fixed assets at local, state, and federal government agencies, colleges, universities, medical facilities, and private industries. NPMA offers training, certification programs, and educational opportunities. The site offers information on those as well as publications, a vendor directory, chapter support, and research.

National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

A not-for-profit membership organization of recycling professionals and advocates dedicated to maximizing recycling as well as source reduction, composting, and reuse by providing technical information, education, training, outreach and advocacy services to its members. Members can calculate the environmental benefits of their recycling program with NRC’s recycling calculator.

National Register of Historic Places [NPS]

The nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the US Department of the Interior.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) [DOE]

The nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy-efficiency research and development, under the Department of Energy. The site gives information about renewable energy basics and storage, and applying various technologies. R&D areas include: Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, Building, Advanced Vehicles & Fuels, Electric Infrastructure Systems, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Concentrating Solar Power, Basic Sciences, Energy Analysis, and Computational Sciences.