Category: Maintenance and Operations

Indoor Air Quality and Worker Health

Facility managers are responsible for handling a number of key elements that relate to the overall health, wellness, and safety of the workers in their organization. There are many hazards in a facility that are straightforward to address: putting out wet floor signs to alert workers to a slip and fall hazard, or providing hearing […]

Can You Dispose of a Your Facility’s Sharps Bin in a Central Accumulation Area?

If your organization operates a medical facility, or has a large enough campus to warrant having an onsite health clinic, there’s a good chance you need to deal with various types of medical waste. Sharps are of particular concern, as they can pose several different risks. One question that pops up for facility managers whose […]

Caution tape warning of lead abatement hazard

New EPA Lead Dust Rule Targets Children’s Exposure

There has been a dramatic increase in coverage regarding lead and lead poisoning, particularly since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan hit the news. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making some moves that will expand lead regulations, that could have an impact on older facilities, especially pre-1978 structures where children are present, such […]

Hazardous Waste containers stacked outside facility

Is Your Facility’s Waste Hazardous? It Could Prove Costly Not to Know

“Is the waste my facility produces hazardous?” This is a question common to generators of wastes in all industries. The answer to this question is essential, as it’s at the heart of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations for handlers of hazardous waste. Generators as well as facility managers and/or owners of treatment, […]

First Aid cabinet

Facility First Aid Kits: Should You Stock OTC Meds?

Facilities management professionals are often tasked with the proper supply of on-site first aid kits. When it comes to keeping medications stocked, there may be some question as to whether you should include over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and if so, which ones.

Janitorial cart with cleaning chemicals and supplies

Cleaning Solvents: Who at Your Facility Needs HazCom Training?

Chemical exposure is a big safety and environmental hazard. But for a lot of facilities, the only chemicals they regularly use are cleaning supplies. However, only some employees (such as janitorial or facilities management staff) may be using stronger solvents, while other materials are being used by all employees throughout the entire workforce. So, who […]