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Emergency planning for the workplace

November 29, 2018


Earlier this year, we covered how to develop an active shooter plan. Recent incidents once again remind us of the need for a plan, but also to ensure staff knows the plan and holds drills to keep them aware of …

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Study offers a new look at workplace safety

November 23, 2018


While workplace injuries have been declining, a recently-released study says the numbers of fatal and life altering injuries have been on a steady increase.   The Campbell Institute study has found the total recordable incident rate has dropped from 8.5 …

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Keep the holidays warm, not fiery

November 20, 2018


Holiday decorations can warm up a building quickly. They help inspire shoppers to buy, set a genial tone in the workplace, and particularly welcomed by seniors.   Holiday decorations require intense safety awareness. While most dangers center around fire, there …

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Street food and snacks next for campus food service?

November 12, 2018


One of the biggest problems in food service is keeping up with the changing tastes of the clientele.   Take higher education vending and catering. Just when you finally thought you’ve got a handle on your millennial students’ eating habits …

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Trends in retail facilities management

October 31, 2018


The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) 2019 Trends Report is the latest annual review of the state of retail facilities management and key trends facing retailers and suppliers. The report identifies the five trends as key to future management. …

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Blockchain technology for safe leafy greens

October 19, 2018


Leafy greens are good for you; however, multiple outbreaks and recalls have been centered on those products.   Last April, a multistate E coli outbreak was linked to Romain lettuce. There were 210 confirmed cases of food poisoning, with 96 …

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Preparing for flu season at the office and home

October 4, 2018


Flu season is like hurricane season—it happens at the same time every year, causes major financial losses, and leaves death in its wake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the flu cost the economy more than $87 …

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The benefits of electric submetering

September 19, 2018


More and more facility managers (FM) want to know how and where electricity is being used within their facility, and they are turning to electric submetering. Submetering can help facility professionals better understand their energy profiles, optimize performance, increase reliability, …

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Time Management, Part One: The Pomodoro Technique

September 12, 2018


This is part one in an ongoing series about time management.   We’ve all had days where we felt we didn’t accomplish as much as we should have. Here’s one proven method for getting more done. It’s called the Pomodoro …

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