Education & Training

safety management

New technology advances safety management

Information technology is safety management, with rapid advances in cloud computing and data management technologies.
restoring power

Restoring power to electrical systems post flood

Flooding heightens the risk of occupational electrical-related fatalities and injuries when restoring power to electrical systems.
asbestos

Existing asbestos stockpile raises concerns

Although Canada is finally banning asbestos-containing products for good by 2018, the government hasn’t yet clarified issues related to existing asbestos.
pests

No vacancy for pests in hotels

With the right strategy in place, hotels can put out the “no vacancy” sign for pests and help ensure guests have a pleasant stay.
infection control

Infection control downplayed in surface selection

Staff continue to face challenges with cleaning, disinfecting and infection control because purchase items often don’t meet PIDAC best practices.
building systems

Safeguarding vital building systems during floods

Protecting vital building systems that address comfort, usability, life safety, fire prevention and compliance with general occupancy requirements.
AODA

New AODA updates underscore maintenance

With 2017 underway, Ontario-based companies must now enact specific AODA requirements to ensure accessibility for employees and customers.
facility maintenance

Winter conditions challenge facility maintenance

In heavy winter conditions, facility maintenance should include the application of ice melt to key walkways.
skin dryness

Workers’ hands risk severe skin dryness in winter

Workers in cold environments are at high risk of experiencing severe skin dryness, which is a serious issue often overlooked.
legionella risk

Addressing Legionella risk in buildings

ASHRAE Standard 188, released in 2015, requires that buildings evaluate where Legionella growth may occur in all water and plumbing systems.
bedbugs

Facility fights bedbugs with creative invention

Bedbugs are becoming a huge concern in North America, spreading throughout hotels, stores, offices, apartment buildings.
stepladder

New Quebec regulation on ladder, stepladder use

CNESST has published a notice of a draft regulation in the Gazette officielle concerning the use of ladders and stepladders at Quebec-based worksites.
cleaning industry

Few women at top level of the cleaning industry

More work needs to be done to propel women into executive roles within the cleaning business and retain their talents, says a budding organization called
cleaning audits

Technological advances in cleaning audits

Facilities still don’t perform frequent quality cleaning audits to meet goals, but innovators are developing more accessible and cost-effective tools.
worker safety

Case clears air for more worker safety training

A recent court decision to fine a property maintenance company for not protecting employees reveals health and worker safety training is still lacking.
green cleaning

Planning green cleaning programs in schools

Educational facilities are embracing green cleaning programs, where such use is pertinent because children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures.
heat-related illness

How to protect workers from heat-related illness

With summer in full swing, employers must be wary of protecting workers from heat-related illnesses.