Industry News

musculoskeletal disorders

New e-course targets musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders often result from common physical and psychosocial demands in the workplace.
carbon neutrality

McGill University plans to be carbon neutral by 2040

McGill University is committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.
maintenance

Ontario’s auditor general flags maintenance oversights

Almost $19 million was spent on operating and maintaining 812 vacant buildings in Ontario from 2016 to 2017.
chemical footprint

Report examines chemical footprint of health care products

A report released by Clean Production Action assessed the chemical footprint of more than 250 products commonly found in hospital pediatric patient rooms.
infection

Nursing homes can curb infection risk: U.S. report

A new assessment has found that participation in a national health collaborative that promotes evidence-based IPC can curb the risk of infection.
workplace safety

Alberta overhauls workplace safety rules

Workers in Alberta would be able to refuse unsafe work conditions under new workplace safety legislation the provincial government is proposing.
gypsy moth

Mississauga boosts efforts to mitigate invasive insects

Mississauga will be implementing an aerial spray program next spring to mitigate gypsy moths and cankerworms on both City and private properties.
standard

IICRC seeks input on new standard

The IICRC is seeking input on BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance, and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment.
walkways

New standard to measure traction of walkways

ASTM International is developing a proposed standard for measuring the traction of pedestrian walkways, including in wet conditions.
diversion

Calgary bylaw change in effect for waste diversion

A bylaw amendment is now in effect requiring Calgary-based facilities to separate yard and food waste from the garbage to encourage diversion.
sewer

Facilities urged to properly dispose of fats, oils, grease

Compared to residential units, ICI facilities often discharge larger amounts of fats, oils and grease into the sanitary sewer.
infectious disease

New tools to handle infectious disease outbreaks

The Flu and Infectious Disease Outbreaks site provides information, tips and resources to help keep workplaces operational and people healthy.
office kitchen

Survey reveals annoying office kitchen habits

A recent survey suggests poor cleaning etiquette in shared office kitchens may be causing discord among Canadian coworkers.
phosphorus

Edmonton detergent manufacturer penalized for high phosphorus levels

An Edmonton-based laundry detergent manufacturer was fined $600,000 for selling products containing too much phosphorus.
non-HFC

Guidance for servicing appliances with non-HFC refrigerants

The home appliance industry began producing appliances that utilize newer refrigerants, which have a lower global warming potential, but are also flammable.
healthcare

Healthcare workers often go to work sick: study

Healthcare workers in clinical settings, such as long-term care facilities, often refuse to stay home from work when experiencing influenza-like symptoms.
food businesses

Mississauga may toughen up inspection of food businesses

Mississauga staff want to create a new business licensing category to address food safety.