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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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How to increase productivity through safety programs

February 15, 2017


Once upon a time, manufacturers saw safety programs as either an annoyance or a punishment. Times have changed – now manufacturers see safety as a competitive edge. There are two ways in which having a safer environment can add to …

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Zika Virus Risk

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Tornado Preparedness

Tornado Preparedness

March 31, 2016


This winter has seen a spike in tornado activity, with twisters hitting parts of the country that are unaccustomed to having to deal with tornadoes. Because tornadoes can strike with little or no warning, it’s important to have a plan …

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OSHA Provides Tools to Prevent Workplace Violence

OSHA Provides Tools to Prevent Workplace Violence

February 11, 2016


With incidents of workplace violence increasing around the country, the need for facilities managers to create and revise Code Silver (active shooter) plans, then practice them with their healthcare facilities staff has become more critical than ever. If you’re stuck …

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How Are You Preventing Facility Fires?

How Are You Preventing Facility Fires?

November 16, 2015


Some two years ago, a very surprising survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers discovered some two-thirds of Americans feel much more protected at home from fires than in a commercial or public building. Moreover, nearly 60 percent …

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Is Resiliency Part of Your Facility's Plans

Is Resiliency Part of Your Facility’s Plans?

November 6, 2015


Once a facility has survived devastating weather, how it bounces back from serious operational problems, like a hurricane, drought or winter storm, can become a monumental challenge for a facilities manager. The emergence of more dangerous and volatile weather patterns …

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Considering UPS Systems Protection

Considering UPS System Protection?

September 18, 2015


For facilities, providing access to a reliable emergency power source, particularly during unstable weather conditions, is a critical, necessary part of an overall energy master plan. However, the demands change when you’re managing a healthcare facility, the most vulnerable of …

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Are Your Emergency Power Sources Ready?

Are Your Emergency Power Sources Ready?

July 17, 2015


The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season may have been an uneventful one so far, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for any other extreme weather events your facility could face over the year. The most important thing you can …

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Prepared For a "Quiet" Hurricane Season?

Facilities Managers: Prepared For a “Quiet” Hurricane Season?

May 15, 2015


If you’re a facilities manager who gets a little anxious as the thermometer climbs with the passage of spring to warmer summer temperatures, you’ll be relieved to know weather experts are forecasting a quieter-than-usual hurricane season. Due to the El …

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