Industry News


IICRC acquires the ICRA certification and assessment programs

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announced it has acquired the performance assessment and certification programs of the International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA).
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REMI Network earns three 2018 COPA nominations

After winning gold in 2017, the REMI Network is again a Canadian Online Publishing Award finalist for Best Trade Media Website.
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WeWork in bad faith on non-compete agreements

WeWork has released 1,400 low-wage employees from non-compete agreements and relaxed restrictions on 1,800 middle management and professional staff under pressure from the Attorneys General of New York and Illinois.

Walmart addresses food waste in Canada

Food waste is a global issue with substantial repercussions in terms of both food security and the environment. Through the Food Waste Solution Search, the Walmart Foundation plans to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada.

Absence of natural light hurts the employee experience

Exposure to natural light and a view ranks higher than other office perks such as cafeterias, fitness centres, medical care and even childcare, according to the Employee Experience Study.

Survey exposes the most germ-covered surface in airports

The trays used to put carry-on luggage and personal items in airport security check areas carry the highest frequency of respiratory viruses, revealed a study titled Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports.

ABM elects Don Colleran to its board of directors

ABM, a provider of building maintenance and facility services across Canada and the United States, has named Don Colleran an independent director effective September, 6.

ISSA introduces ISSA Next Gen

The new ISSA Next Gen program plans to increase the participation of young professionals in the association and the industry.
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Weed killer misstep lands Edmonton in court

The City of Edmonton acknowledges vegetation damage occurred when weed killer was "inadvertently sprayed" in a residential neighbourhood.

Survey exposes handwashing habits in the workplace

Fifty-six per cent of American workers report they have seen co-workers skip handwashing when leaving the restroom, according to Bradley Corporation’s 2018 Handwashing Survey.
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Women showing strength in engineering studies

Two Canadians and 12 women are among 34 ASHRAE scholarship recipients for the 2018-19 academic year.

Alberta dominates Clean Air Awards

Alberta buildings earn a major share of the Clean Air Awards for a second year in a row.
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WHO classifies hoarding as a medical condition

If more sufferers seek help, landlords could be among the beneficiaries of better awareness and kinder perceptions of hoarding.
new factor in disease modelling

Research weighs new factor in disease modelling

University of Waterloo mathematicians used computer simulations to model how pathogen strains of varying virulence respond to social behaviour and compete for dominance.
ASHRAE Legionella standard

Updated ASHRAE Legionella standard released

ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2018 outlines best practices for preventing growth and spread of Legionella in building water systems.

Partnership to support global sanitation goal

The world’s leading children’s organization has tapped the expertise of LIXIL to bring clean, safe toilets to vulnerable kids.
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Janitorial services B2B site cloaked in mystery

No principals or backers of the venture are identified. Nor is any contact information available on the website itself.