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Slips, Trips, and Falls: Some Effective Interventions

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents—and the vast majority are actually falls on the same level, not 30-foot falls from a roof or some other height. Falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as […]

Keeping an Eye on Security in a Shared-Use Facility

How do you install new security devices or systems in a building with multiple tenants? If you’re only managing one part of a facility, how do you get the landlord’s buy-in to make important changes to your part of the building? How do you keep your employees safe in a facility with multiple access control […]

Prevent Shady Behavior at Your Facility with Proper Lighting

There’s an inexpensive, simple fix that can improve productivity, control ergonomic hazards, enhance security, and reduce accidental injuries in your workplace. Proper lighting in a building can accomplish all of these things, and the good news is that much of what you need is probably already have what you need in your facility.

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Consensus Standards for Safety: What Facility Managers Need to Know

Facilities managers depend on standards to efficiently and consistently do good work, and when it comes to safety, there are many resources for them to consult. The U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a Safety Spotlight recommending that employers closely apply industry consensus standards to safeguard employee and public safety. Titled “The […]

Don’t Slip Up on Fall Prevention

In 2017, slips and falls accounted for 887 work-related deaths, making it the second leading cause of work-related death in the United States, according to the National Safety Council’s 2017 Injury Facts®. In general industry, slips, trips, and falls cause the most injuries and comprise 17% of accidental deaths, and in the construction industry, they […]

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Proving General Duty Clause Violations is Easier Said Than Done

The General Duty Clause (Clause) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act has been in effect since the Act’s passage in 1970 and should be an important consideration in employer worker safety and hazard reduction plans. Although most employers that are familiar with the federal and state worker-protection standards to implement the OSH Act […]

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Get Your Facility Certified for its Waste Diversion Efforts

When it comes to sustainability, we have all heard the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Though, there are many practices that you can implement at your facility to achieve additional waste diversion, starting with a physical waste audit. Understanding your waste generation is a first critical step in achieving 100 percent waste diversion, also […]

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Frozen Pipes and Other Sprinkler System Concerns

It’s getting to that time of year, when the temperature drops below freezing and the pipes at your facility are at risk. Most people, including most facility managers, are aware of this risk with respect to ordinary plumbing found in bathrooms and kitchens. But, have you considered whether your property’s sprinkler system is at risk?

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Vendors (Even the Familiar Ones) Must Follow Access Control Policies

It can be easy for vendors to get overly familiar with their customers and perhaps try to bypass security policies related to access control, waiting time, or entering parts of the facility they really don’t need to be. Therefore, all employees should be reminded to follow established protocols for vendor interactions.

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Parking Structures—Be Smart about Maintenance

As a facilities manager, are you prepared for the task of managing a parking structure? These multistory facilities are complex. A parking structure is more like a highway bridge than a traditional building with an envelope because a parking structure’s framing system is exposed to environmental conditions that include freezing and thawing cycles, moisture, and […]