Tag: facility safety

USGBC Report Looks at How School Facilities Are Spending Federal Relief Funding

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a new report, “School Facilities Funding in the Pandemic,” which found U.S. school districts are widely committing funding from last year’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) to upgrade or improve their air filtration and heating/cooling systems—more so than for other facility improvements. The […]

Improving Facility Security and Emergency Preparedness Amid RTO and Other Issues

Here’s the good news regarding workers’ return to office (RTO) after the pandemic: It’s happening, slowly but surely. Here’s the bad news: Things may never be as before the pandemic. Security company Kastle Systems recently surveyed 10 major U.S. cities and reported that, as of September 2022, about 50% of all workers have returned to […]

EPA Awards 2022 ‘Safer Choice’ Partners for Cleaning, Other Chemical Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced 26 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners across 14 states and the District of Columbia, recognizing their achievements in the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals. The Safer Choice program helps consumers and purchasers for facilities, such as schools and office […]

Back to Basics: Workplace Fire Safety and Prevention

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. Fires present a real danger to businesses, especially in workplaces where fire hazards are part of the job. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire department in the United States responds to a […]

Most Teachers Still Have Major Concerns About Indoor Air Quality at Schools

A new survey finds that the vast majority of teachers (74%) nationwide are concerned about the indoor air quality in their schools and on buses, citing the negative impacts it has on the health and productivity of teachers, faculty, and students. The results highlight the growing importance teachers place on working in a healthy, safe, […]

Facility Managers Improve IAQ by Combining UV‑C and MERV 8 Technologies

Long before the pandemic, researchers knew that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) made workers sick and decreased cognition and attendance. A Harvard study of more than 3,000 workers showed that sick leave doubled among employees in poorly ventilated areas. Poor air IAQ has also been shown to decrease office workers’ cognitive function and decision-making, as well […]

5 Ways to Ensure that Facility Occupants Feel Safe

Ensuring the safety of the people who occupy your facilities should be your No. 1 goal. A safe facility generally means that the people working there are doing better work. Those who come to work feeling safe can apply all their energy to the task at hand instead of worrying about whether something bad will […]

Planning for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity at Facilities

Following the tragedy and carnage recently caused by Hurricane Ian, facilities managers everywhere are asking how they can be prepared for future natural disasters. Norman Campbell, Federal Team Manager at Go Electric, recently hosted the Facilities Management Advisor webinar “What Could Go Wrong? Evaluating Facility Risks for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity,” sponsored by Avetta […]

OSHA Ranks Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations of FY 2022

The construction industry fall protection standard remains the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited standard for the 12th year in a row, the agency announced on September 20. Patrick Kapust, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented a list of preliminary figures for fiscal year (FY) 2022—the fiscal year ends September […]