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Education and Training Opportunities for Facilities Management Professionals

Facilities managers tend to wear many hats. Over time, facilities management titles have evolved to include a variety of tasks and job descriptions. Everything from security to construction to building maintenance to project management to energy management has come to define the average facility director or manager. As the job title has diversified in meaning, […]

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Upgrading Your Commercial Building Energy Efficiency? Pick a Partnership!

Three words have always been considered the keys to real estate success: location, location, location. While location is still important, two new words, energy efficiency, have become essential as well, not only to property owners but to tenants too. Energy efficient buildings not only save money, they also support corporate sustainability programs and can help […]

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Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 4: Deadly Insects

Would you consider bees to be an occupational hazard? In 2007, three workers were stung by bees while harvesting almonds in Texas; one of them was stung more than 60 times and had to be taken to the hospital. In 2008, a worker in California was stung while driving a tractor and died of an […]

Ignorance Is a Fire Hazard! Do You Know Where Your Sprinkler Controls Are?

At a strip mall in Indianapolis in a storefront that was being repurposed as a tattoo parlor, the new occupants wanted to open up space. To do so, they tore out the walls around the sprinkler control room and finished by drywalling over the sprinkler riser and control valve. The only access they left was […]

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Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 1: Mower Hazards

Summer is now in full swing throughout the U.S. As facilities management professionals work hard to keep their grounds and buildings attractive for tenants and customers, the familiar growl of mowers and lawn tractors, the howl of leaf blowers, and the whiz of string trimmers echo through the land. If you have employees who are […]

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Facilities Management Credentials and Certification

Are you looking to break into the facilities management field? Or, maybe, you have years of experience in facilities management, but can’t understand why you are not getting that dream job or promotion? If you have ever pondered these questions, maybe it’s time to increase your job potential and consider getting certified in facilities management. […]

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Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 2: Leaf Blower Hazards

Leaf blowers aren’t just for autumn—you’ll see them in use all summer long. They can be used to blow the grass off your mower, to blow cut grass off sidewalks and paths … they have essentially replaced brooms and rakes for many tasks. They may be time-savers, but leaf blowers also pose hazards.

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Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 3: Pesticide Hazards

How do you get rid of crabgrass on your facility grounds? Or insects? Or clover, thistle, dandelion, or any of the other weeds that mar your attractive landscaping? Hand weeding may be a good option for a well-mulched flowerbed, but pesticides may be the most effective solution for large grounds and lawns. If your workers […]

Ignorance Is a Fire Hazard! Do You Know Where Your Sprinkler Controls Are?

At a strip mall in Indianapolis in a storefront that was being repurposed as a tattoo parlor, the new occupants wanted to open up space. To do so, they tore out the walls around the sprinkler control room and finished by drywalling over the sprinkler riser and control valve. The only access they left was […]