Category: Maintenance and Operations

Modern Parking Garage at Night

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 […]

AIHA, Other Groups Form Indoor Environmental Quality Alliance

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and five other groups formed a new international association on indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA) will serve as a platform for the exchange of indoor environmental knowledge and information and will promote education and research into the health and environmental quality in buildings.

Photo of a facility restroom; bathroom

When Bathrooms Operate Inefficiently, It’s Money Down the Drain

As a facilities manager, are you looking for ways to lower your monthly water bill? Bathrooms use 30%–40% of the water in a typical commercial building, so they’re the first place you should look for inefficiencies. Other building uses that consume the most water are cooling and heating, landscaping, and kitchen and laundry facilities. It […]

Manual pallet jack in the middle of a cluttered warehouse

Messes Matter: Importance of Clearing Out the Clutter

What did you see when you walked into your facility this morning? Were there cords snaking across the floor, remnants of a spill from a couple of days ago, or overflowing trash cans? Or did you observe a strong sense of order, with clear walkways, properly stored tools, well-lit and clearly marked stairways, and hazardous […]

folded linens in laundry facility

Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on our sister publication, PSQH.com. When it comes to chores, one of the most daunting is laundry. It can pile up, and without even realizing it, your dirty clothes are everywhere. Pests are similar. They can be introduced slowly and unnoticeably, until suddenly there is a large problem.

An old flourescent light hanging from the ceiling.

Universal Waste: How Long Do You Have to Remove Fluorescent Bulbs After Facility Closure?

Day in and day out, facility managers have to deal with waste generated in their buildings. Of all the refuse that facilities create, none presents as many questions regarding handling than fluorescent light bulbs. Experts at Enviro.BLR.com® recently responded to the question of how long an organization has to remove fluorescent bulbs from its facility […]

Water damage, water intrusion

Keeping an Eye Out for Facility Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can cause a host of issues impacting buildings and the health of the people who use them. Facilities managers, in particular those at hospitals and other medical facilities that serve potentially vulnerable populations, must be aware of this sometimes-invisible threat and take steps to protect against fungal exposure.

Male janitor with green cleaning supplies near wet floor sign

The Benefits of Green Cleaning Your Facility

Cold and cough season is officially here. As a facilities manager, it’s important to implement a rigorous cleaning plan at your building to remove dust, allergens, and infectious agents. It’s equally important to maintain well-stocked restrooms and break rooms, with soap and paper towels, to promote handwashing—one of the first lines of defense we have […]

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.