Regulations

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.
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.
line painting

Line paint fades faster under new regs

In recent years, property owners and managers may have noticed that the line paint in their parking lots is fading more quickly.
uvgi technology

UVGI technology emerges in infection control

UVGI technology is emerging as an effective tool in the fight against healthcare-acquired infections in Canadian hospitals.
Water

Change to Toronto sewers bylaw on tap for Jan. 1

One of two sewers bylaw changes that are expected to trickle down to building owners and managers is on tap for the New Year.
housekeeping

Certification in health-care housekeeping

Demonstrated successful experience in the health-care housekeeping field is often fraught with the pitfall of making and learning from mistakes.