Category: Safety

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COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines by Business Type

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about mass closure of businesses and stay-home orders across the entire U.S., which has led to huge losses and hardships for business owners. However, that time is coming to an end, as businesses now have been allowed to reopen to some extent while following proper reopening guidelines. Generally, everything won’t come […]

OSHA Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week for U.S. Workplaces

The U.S. Department of Labor encourages the nation’s employers to commit to workplace safety and health and join its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in observing Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 9-15, 2021. A nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs, Safe + Sound Week also offers information and ideas on […]

OSHA Mulling Heat Safety Rule as Summer Temps Climb

With parts of the country suffering record-breaking temperatures this summer, employers know they need to be on guard against heat dangers for both indoor and outdoor workers. At some point, however, those precautions may be formalized into a new standard from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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The Critical Need to Develop and Promote Healthy Buildings

One of the most difficult facets of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a fear of interacting with our loved ones, acquaintances, colleagues, or even total strangers while indoors. Ensuring that the spaces where we work and live are healthy and safe for continued occupancy is critical to overcoming the pandemic, and should be seen as […]

Survey: Security and Safety Top of Mind for Education Facility Managers

Ninety-three percent of surveyed facility managers within the education vertical say they have experienced at least one emergency incident stemming from infrastructure malfunction during the last 12 months, and 43% report a physical site or cybersecurity breach in that time, according to a report released by Honeywell. Nearly half (45%) say they rank site security […]

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HVAC Maintenance Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Goodway Technologies, a Connecticut-based provider of industrial HVAC maintenance solutions, is reminding facility managers how critical the cleaning and maintenance of an HVAC system is to indoor air quality (IAQ). While many facility managers have long understood the importance of IAQ, the pandemic has brought an increased emphasis on the need to keep employees and […]

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Conducting a Post-COVID Site Analysis of Your Facility

Last year was an exceedingly difficult time for many administrators who were focused on keeping their facilities healthy. It was also a difficult period for the professional cleaning industry, specifically the people performing cleaning tasks. Why it was such a difficult year was because so much about the pandemic was unknown.

The Way to the Egress: A Guide to Workplace Evacuations, Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series on workplace evacuations, we shared the importance of building an effective Emergency Action Plan and establishing a safety strategy to address various emergency scenarios. Continuing coverage into Part 2 of this evacuation primer, we now provide a closer look at the safety requirements for establishing exit routes and introduce best […]

The Way to the Egress: A Guide to Workplace Evacuations, Part 1

Sometimes a company’s employees just need to leave. Workplace emergencies can range from isolated chemical spills, fires, toxic gas releases, and active shooter incidents to local flooding; hurricanes; tornados; and, more rarely, terrorist attacks. Workplace lockdowns or sheltering in place may be the appropriate response, but sometimes you need to evacuate your facility. But first, […]

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Survey: Personal Health, Sustainability Top Priorities for Employees Returning to the Office

Returning to the office is causing a growing rift between workers and managers, according to a new report from NEXT Energy Technologies Inc. The report shows most employees (74%) are willing to leave their jobs if existential issues like health and sustainability are not adequately addressed in the workplace. NEXT says it surveyed more than 450 […]