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Changing minds, Part One: Changing others’ minds

May 24, 2017


We’ve all been there. You’re in a meeting and you’ve put forth an idea or a suggestion. You’ve done your research. You know your stuff. And yet, someone still objects. They don’t like your idea and have a different approach. …

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New approaches to controlling infections

May 17, 2017


Drug resistant bacteria are a consistent concern in hospitals and healthcare facilities. No matter how well your cleaning crew cleans, there are still going to be bacteria and spores left behind. Studies show that less than half of surfaces are …

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How to harness the IoT to clean your facility

May 10, 2017


Facility managers are constantly on the lookout for ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) can help them improve services and reduce costs. You may have already looked into improving your HVAC, security, and lighting use. Why not harness …

Categorized: Cleaning, Maintenance

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Security, Part 10: Your security cameras may be hacked

May 3, 2017


It’s pretty alarming. Right now, you can go to one of several websites and see live streams of hacked cameras. Offices, stores, warehouses, homes, bedrooms, baby monitors – there are thousands of unsecured cameras that have been hacked and are …

Categorized: Security

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Service at the touch of a button

April 26, 2017


Facility services provider ISS Sweden recently won an award for an innovative and incredibly simple concept. The company installed a button called “Presto” on their coffeemakers. If a coffee machine needs service, the customer can simply press this button to …

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The energy and LEED benefits of reflective roof coatings

April 19, 2017


A facility in coastal Texas had a major problem. The roof of its 1,000,000 square foot facility had multiple, persistent leaks caused by high heat, humidity, UV degradation, and tropical storm damage. The leaks were so bad they caused work …

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Active Shooter Planning and Response

April 5, 2017


According to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine, from 2000-2011 the United States had 154 hospital-related shootings. An FBI study noted that from 2000-2013, active shooter incidents have become more frequent. The first seven years of their study show …

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Get a free health and safety consultation from OSHA

March 29, 2017


Last year OSHA’s free On-Site Consultation Program helped more than 27,000 employers create safer workplaces. This consultation is available to small and medium-sized businesses in every state, and it helps employers find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve …

Categorized: Facilities Management

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Fitwel, the new GSA program

March 22, 2017


We have already discussed the WELL building standard, which aims to improve the physical health, mental health, and productivity of employees by encouraging healthy lifestyles and reducing occupant exposure to harmful pollutants. This month, we will discuss the General Services …