Tag: covid

OSHA Won’t Enforce Vaccine Rule While 6th Circuit Weighs Consolidated Challenges

After the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines on November 4, 2021, a number of lawsuits were filed challenging the agency’s ability to enforce the rule. After the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the cases (or put them on hold), the 6th Circuit […]

National Lab Quantifies Potential Dangers of Poor Air Circulation

Poorly circulated room air raises the potential exposure to contaminants by up to six times, according to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The researchers say the experiments quantify the effects of overhead heating on room air mixing, with implications for COVID-safe meetings and classrooms.

Most People Remain Concerned About Air Quality Amid COVID, Want Data

People would feel safer with more data on indoor air quality (IAQ) during these trying times, according to a new survey ordered by measurement tech company Vaisala. The survey, which included over 4,000 respondents in the United States, France, Germany, and Finland, was conducted in summer 2021 and studied people’s concerns regarding indoor air during […]

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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 […]

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4 Top Trends of Facilities Management Spending in the COVID Era

In the year since the mass COVID-19 shutdowns of 2020, facilities spending across trades—notably on HVAC, janitorial, and plumbing—has rebounded to surpass the pre-pandemic rates of 2019 by 5%, according to a new report. New data released from ServiceChannel, an online platform for the procurement and delivery of distributed services, examines facility spend and service cost […]

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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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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 […]

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OSHA Offers $21M in Training Grants for Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training grants for nonprofit organizations. The first availability will provide $10 million under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the Coronavirus grants. To be eligible […]

At a Crossroads: Commercial Tenants Chime in on Post-COVID Plans

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, Yardi, and Brightline Strategies have released findings from the second in a series of nationwide commercial real estate COVID-19 impact studies. Capturing the latest U.S. tenant sentiments as COVID-19 cases decline and vaccinations accelerate, the Q2 2021 BOMA International COVID-19 Commercial Real Estate Impact Study reveals that optimism around […]

OSHA Relaxes COVID Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Workplaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is easing its COVID-19 recommendations for fully vaccinated workplaces, but the agency is still advising employers to take steps to protect any unvaccinated workers. On June 10, OSHA announced updated guidance along with new rules for frontline healthcare employers. The latest word from OSHA reflects new guidance from the Centers […]