Category: Emergency Preparedness

Workplace violence prevention

Engineering Facilities to Prevent Workplace Violence

As a facilities management (FM) professional, you are probably not writing workplace violence prevention plans. However, you probably are looking at facility design, and facilities managers can be key in helping their buildings and tenants with hazard identification and engineering controls used to prevent violence.

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Preparing Your Business for Natural Disasters

Disasters are, for the most part, unpredictable, but there are steps that you can take that will improve your chances to survive and get back in business faster. Some of these measures require purchases while others can be completed in-house with the staff and materials at hand.

Facility team meeting to review security assessment.

Assessment of Security at Your Facility Needs Action Steps

It’s important to conduct a security assessment of your facilities, but the process doesn’t end when you get the report. As a facility manager you need to have frank conversations with leadership at your organization about how you can put the suggestions from the assessment into action. Having the data about security gaps, equipment needs, […]

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Handling Disruptive People in Public Facilities

Certain facilities have an “invitee relationship” with the public, and they actively encourage people to use their hotels, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, or nightclubs. Beyond just the hospitality industries, other public facilities include hospitals and medical clinics, stores and malls, churches, libraries, and parks. Facility managers and their security teams need to know how to […]

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When to Evacuate During an Emergency

It’s a facility owner’s worst nightmare. Last night, the news covered a possible storm headed your way. Rain and hail were in the forecast, but the strong winds were not. After a tree falls on part of your facility, the power cuts out and dangerous chemicals spill.

Chemical facility safety

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) recently released a Safety Spotlight recommending that employers closely apply industry consensus standards to safeguard employee and public safety. Titled […]

Large Multi-Tenant Facility

Building Managers and Security Work to Create Emergency Response Plans

Multitenant facilities, especially those with multiple floors, offer continuous security challenges related to access control and emergency evacuations. Security directors and managers must be ready to work with their colleagues, from facilities to maintenance to the landlord to the local fire marshal, to keep plans up to date and evolving to face emerging threats, including […]

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Protecting Your Facility with Zone Thinking

While some facilities rarely see clients or customers because they have no need to come to the site, other buildings for public agencies and private sector companies get a lot of foot traffic. It’s important to set up zones of access based on the need to control how nonemployees go to certain places inside the […]

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Preparing Facilities and Employees for Natural and Environmental Disasters

In 2017, there were 10,000 deaths caused by natural disasters worldwide. Many of those occurred while people were in their workplaces. In addition, research shows that the number of recorded natural disasters has increased over the past century. So, it’s still critical, perhaps now more than ever, that our facilities and employees are well-prepared for […]

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Does Your Facility Have an Adequate Fire Prevention Plan?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires facilities to have a detailed fire prevention plan when applicable standards require it. However, the agency “strongly recommends” that all facilities develop and implement a plan. How does your facility’s fire prevention plan stack up?