Tag: workplace safety

NIOSH: 1 in 5 Non-Healthcare Workers May Be Exposed to COVID-19

Workers’ occupation, industry, and specific job duties factor into how physically close to others they must work, whether they need to interact with the public, and whether they are potentially exposed to infectious diseases like COVID-19, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In what may be the first study […]

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 […]

How’s Your Compliance with OSHA’s Frequently Cited Standards?

How likely are you to see an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector? The agency’s continually growing list of emphasis programs offers one clue. Then there are the OSHA standards the agency cites more often than others. OSHA recently announced its top 10 most frequently cited safety and health standards for fiscal year 2022. […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Rethink Facility Layout Design in Order to Improve Safety Conditions

It’s a logical assumption that having an intelligent layout for your facility can only be beneficial for the employees’ safety. The design and thinking behind a layout contribute much to how safe a workplace will be. WorkSafe Victoria in Australia states, “One of the best ways to prevent injuries and fatalities in the workplace is […]

National Survey Gauges Employee Concerns About Workplace Air Quality

In observance of the International Day of Clean Air on Sept. 7, Fellowes Brands announced results from a recent national survey that found only 36% of respondents describe the indoor air quality (IAQ) at their workplace as very clean. The survey of 1,120 American workers who work on-site and indoors for their employer also revealed that 91% of respondents agree clean […]

Office Access Control: Three Innovations for a Post-Pandemic World

COVID-19 has profoundly altered the way we work and, as a result, the way building owners and employers operate office buildings and other workplaces. As they’ve quickly adapted, they’ve embraced three new trends in access control and visitor management: digitizing these systems and moving them to the cloud; streamlining them to be more frictionless; and […]

We Need to Think About Cleaning Safety

Several years ago, a restaurant worker died while performing one of his regular tasks—cleaning a restaurant’s kitchen floor. To clean the floor more effectively and efficiently, he decided to combine two incompatible cleaning agents: concentrated chlorine bleach and an acid-based cleaning solution. An example of an acid-based cleaning solution is ammonia; however, reports of the […]

Facility and HR Professionals Share New Psychology of Clean for Workplace Experience

More than two years since the COVID-19 pandemic made Zoom calls a reality and daily commutes infrequent, employers are still juggling their return-to-work options among fully remote, fully in-person, hybrid, flex space, and shared space approaches. And now, it’s a dual effort on the part of both HR managers and facility managers to retain current […]