Creative Ideas for Your Facility’s Break Room

Your employee break room is a vital part of your workplace. It can set the tone for the entire workday, and it’s one of the best ways to show your employees that you value them. It is also a meeting place, where workers can congregate and hold both social and business functions. A break room […]

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Safe Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

Does your facilities team know how to handle and care for hazardous materials that they may work with or come into contact with while on the job? Would they know what to do if a spill, leak or an accident involving a hazardous material were to happen? If you are unsure—and possibly a little uncertain […]

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Snow Removal Tips for Facilities Managers

Winter can be an unpredictable beast. You could go for weeks at a time without seeing a flake, and then suddenly, there are inches of snow on the ground. While it’s true that you can’t control the weather, you can control how you prepare for it’s wrath. Ensuring that you have the right snow removal […]

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Important Considerations When Cleaning Operating Rooms

Ideally, cleaning operating rooms should keep present microorganisms to an irreducible minimum, protecting the health and safety of everyone in the operating suite. After all, contaminants can enter the room via the patient, medical staff, and inanimate objects; even the air can contain microbial-laden dust, lint, skin squames, or respiratory droplets. How do you achieve […]

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The Truth About Hand Sanitizers

Although gel-based hand sanitizer was first invented in 1966 by an RN named Lupe Hernandez, it was originally only used in hospital and medical settings. The product didn’t become popularized for home and personal use until the 1980s and 1990s. Today, hand sanitizer is everywhere. Not only is it in every hospital room and doctor’s […]

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Creating an Effective Emergency Plan for Your Facility

We always hope that there’s never an emergency at our facilities but hoping to avert a crisis will not protect us from one. Creating a good emergency plan for your facility is a necessary step in dealing effectively with an unforeseen event. We’re going to discuss what types of emergencies you should plan for, what […]

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Avoid These Commercial Floor Care Mistakes

This month, we’d like to spotlight the cleaning of floors of commercial buildings. These floors get an abundance of foot traffic (in all kinds of weather) and inadvertent damage from objects being dropped on and dragged or pushed across them. Properly maintaining the floor of your commercial building requires more care and attention than a […]

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What is a Green Building, and How to Become One

As a building manager, you have probably heard the terms Green Building and Green Building Certification being thrown around. While it may sound like a buzzword, it’s actually not a new concept. As the Green Building Initiative gains momentum, becoming well-versed in what going green entails and getting your building on board is important. What […]

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How Long do Bacteria and Viruses Survive Outside the Body?

Bacteria and viruses thrive in warm, moist environments. But they can live a surprisingly long time almost anywhere you touch: countertops, door handles, curtains, toys, computers, even inside refrigerators and freezers. In fact, scientists just discovered long-dormant germs in animal remains exposed by melting permafrost in Siberia. A 12-year-old boy died and 20 people were […]

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