Regulations

elevator

Ontario looks to boost elevator availability

Ontario is looking to boost elevator availability in multi-storey residential buildings, as well as long-term care and seniors’ homes.
fire safety

Accessible fire safety tips for property managers

Accessibility advocates see the built environment as a laggard when it comes to fire safety, especially for people with disabilities.
accessible play spaces

Canadian children lack accessible play spaces

Playgrounds across the country continue to leave children on the sidelines with design and maintenance practices that are not fully inclusive.
hotel housekeepers

Precarious work takes toll on hotel housekeepers

A hotel housekeeper in Canada is estimated to assume 8,000 different body postures every shift. Repetitive motion injuries are common.
janitors

Handling recycling and waste is hurting janitors

Every day, millions of janitors compromise safety when handling garbage and recycled materials.
accessibility audit

U of Manitoba begins largest accessibility audit

The University of Manitoba is currently undertaking the largest accessibility audit ever conducted in the province.
BIM

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.
building services

Building services seen as precarious employment

Cleaners, security guards, parking attendants and building-specific food service workers could attain union certification through a streamlined one-step process if proposed amendments to Ontario's Labour Relations Act are adopted.
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.
custodial injuries

Hidden costs of custodial injuries

Cleaning contractors and facility managers that hire their own cleaning staff are often not aware of hidden costs that can result from custodial injuries.
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.
electrical work

Safety considerations for electrical work

A recent survey of managers in Ontario indicates that about 40 per cent don’t realize the Ontario Electrical Safety Code applies to work in their buildings.
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.
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.
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.