Institutional

healthcare facilities 

Guidelines inform resilient healthcare facilities 

Newly released guidelines offer a standard for approaching the planning and designing of healthcare facilities from a resiliency perspective.
TikTok challenge

Destructive TikTok challenge creating work for school cleaners

The "devious licks" trend, wherein students vandalize school washrooms, is placing a greater strain on cleaning staff.
infections

Rates of other hospital-acquired infections increasing

A new report attributes a rise in other infections to a "laser focus" on COVID-19 and exhausted and overworked staff.
hospital staffing

B.C. begins bringing hospital staffing back in-house

B.C. says the move is an attempt to improve wages and work environments and make frontline work more desirable.
carpet cleanliness

How carpet cleanliness creates confidence

83 per cent of respondents to a new Whittaker/Harris Poll survey say well-maintained carpet improves their confidence in a facility.
COVID-19 vaccines

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines on university campuses: An obvious solution or a problem?

Universities need to consider what a gentler return to campuses might look for students this time around compared to 2020.
campus cleanliness

Campus cleanliness now a core concern in college selection

Rarely considered before the pandemic, the cleanliness of a college has become a key determining factor for parents.
healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities management market to grow extensively

Contributing factors include an increase in the occurrence of chronic diseases, rising global healthcare expenses, and increasing medical tourism.
risk of infection

Silver foil can affect risk of infection in hospitals

Researchers found the risk of contamination on foil-covered high-touch surfaces was significantly lower.
Healthcare Housekeepers Association

Healthcare Housekeepers Association expands across Canada

The Ontario Healthcare Housekeeping Association (OHHA) has rebranded as the Canadian Healthcare Housekeepers Association (HHA).
seismic safe school

Vancouver’s largest seismically safe school underway

Construction has begun on Eric Hamber Secondary school, the largest seismic school replacement project in Vancouver’s history.
ventilation standard

ASHRAE updates healthcare facility ventilation standard

The 2021 edition delivers critical guidance for designers and operators of these frontline facilities and incorporates 17 changes to the standard.
building technology

How to optimize building technology management

Leveraging appropriate service technology and integrated service tools can ensure buildings are safe and properly maintained. 
FM

Pandemic intensifies evolving role of FM

Facility managers are no longer viewed as a back-office function, but rather “a strategic instrument to attract and retain talent and create a great experience,”
air quality

How schools are boosting air quality measures

The report found that schools have prioritized ventilation and filtration to reduce the transmission of the virus.
campus

A year like no other for campus cleaning

Large-scale post-secondary campuses hold an almost incomprehensibly wide range of cleaning and maintenance challenges.
school cleaning

Setting up school cleaning programs that track results

COVID-19 poses a huge challenge for educational facility managers — here are four steps to verify and validate school cleaning programs.