Category: Design and Construction

Smog on the NYC skyline

Are We Entering a New Era of Green Buildings?

You may have heard that New York City (NYC), the most populous city in the United States, has passed a groundbreaking law limiting building GHG emissions in an effort to meet its ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target—80 percent by 2050. The new regulation is having a major impact on building owners and facilities managers […]

Photograph of the Griffith Park brush wildfire and the Woolsey fire in California

Wildfires in the West Fueled by Land Use Policy

The summer of 2018 was particularly devastating for much of the wildfire-prone western states. And though the drought has broken in some of the most devastated regions — helping to alleviate some of the immediate danger — wildfire risk remains high in 2019. The lessons learned from battling the Carr and Camp fires can hopefully […]

Worker using a demolition robot

Demolition Robots Pose Injury Hazards for Construction Workers

Facility managers have numerous tools available when it comes to construction, rehab, or demolition work at their facilities. Increasingly, robots are among those tools. Among their appeal is that the operator controlling the robot is at a distance, away from potentially unsafe or outright dangerous work. While the robots assume most of the risk, however, […]

Facility manager reviewing drawings with a contractor

How to Spot an Unqualified Contractor

The process of hiring a quality contractor can be complicated and tiring. Many contractors will claim they are the perfect candidates for a job or that their workmanship is superior to others offering the same service. When it comes to investing in your facility, you want to hire the most qualified contractor for the project.

Worker wearing PPE

NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR Stand-Down to Prevent Construction Falls

Whether you’re building a new facility, or maintaining and/or renovating an existing structure, there’s always a fall risk involved. Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the workplace, particularly in construction, accounting for one-third of industry worker deaths, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH and OSHA, along with […]

olar Panel Array, Parking Lot

Solar Power Canopies Over Parking Areas Require Extra Planning

Making your facility sustainable through solar power has many benefits beyond the immediate and long-term impacts to your bottom line. It’s helpful to the local and global environment through a reduction in your carbon footprint, and it makes a statement to the communities in which you operate. Although solar installations are typically associated with roofs, […]

Engineer working on a solar panel install

Cut Out Power Conversion Process to Increase Energy Efficiency

The electrical grid in the United States – including generation, transmission, and distribution – is based on alternating current (AC). However, an increasing number of devices required by modern life (e.g. computers, mobile devices, and LED lights) run on direct current (DC), requiring that the power be converted before it can be used. As it currently […]

Facility design and management, safety

Control Facility Hazards with ‘Prevention Through Design’

Saving money and preventing workplace injuries right from the drawing board are the simple principles behind “Prevention Through Design” (PtD). One common example of PtD is lockout/tagout practices for machinery, but the practice has many applications in the facilities management space. Basically, PtD is the control of workplace hazards by addressing them during the design […]

Emergency eye wash

Eyewash Stations: Do You Know the Requirements?

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has few specific requirements for eyewash stations, there are good best practices available under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) voluntary standards. Experts at Safety.BLR.com® were recently asked a question about proper installation of eyewash stations—read on to see what they had to say and how it can […]

slips, trips, and falls

Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls Using ANSI Standards 1264.1 and 1264.2

At last year’s annual conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), ASSP’s outgoing President Jim Smith presented a session titled “The A1264.1 Standard: Wall and Roof Openings; Stairs and Guardrails/Handrails.” The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards 1264.1 and 1264.2 could be helpful for facilities management professionals looking to design their workplaces with […]