Health & Safety

workplace safety

CondoBusiness

Workplace safety tips for property managers

Coordinating building systems and dealing with a variety of issues personal to clients’ homes have the potential to place property managers in harm’s way.
fire safety

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Fire safety steps for high-rise building owners

A recent fire in a Toronto high-rise apartment building has put the spotlight back on fire safety after numerous residents had to be rescued by Toronto Fire Services. Though no injuries were reported, the incident is a reminder that Fire Safety Plans are critical—especially when building fire alarm systems are rendered inoperative due to repair and maintenance projects.
fire safety

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Advances in fire alarm technology

Fire alarm technology is an important consideration for any apartment building owner . Tyco's Peter Redfern shares the features and benefits of the addressable fire alarm notification technology used in today's leading systems.
fire safety in buildings

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Tragedy accentuates fire safety in buildings

Following the recent tragic fire in Oakland, California, fire safety and legal experts are reflecting on the confluence of deliberate and inadvertent omissions that underlie most calamities.
legionella risk

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
cleaning audits

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
emergency response

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Mass notification systems in high-rise buildings

When an emergency situation arises in a multi-residential setting, things can turn chaotic fast. To prevent this chaos, all residents, visitors and staff need to know what to do and how to react immediately. The most effective way to accomplish this is with customized, real-time mass notification systems.
long-term care

Canadian Apartment Magazine

A call for resources for lone elderly residents

These situations are rarely straightforward for property owners/managers juggling legal obligations to protect privacy, accommodate disabilities and ensure the health and safety of all building residents.
Cleaning Supplies

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Share spaces, not germs, in collaborative offices

The new collaborative office seems to be the answer to improved productivity and innovation; however, it introduces new issues of office cleanliness.
Workplace

Canadian Property Management

Workplace tragedy spurs call for risk framework

Industry is urged to implement risk management framework after a project manager was found guilty of criminal negligence in the '‘swing stage case."
Waste-Free Ontario Act

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Designing for better waste management

A building's design influences the operational efficiency waste collection programs, the cost of servicing the programs and diversion rates.
building safety hazards

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Foreseeable safety hazards spell liability

Beyond the occupier's duty of care — a responsibility that property owners bear toward inhabitants, visitors and trespassers — landlords are also employers subject to health and safety regulations.
REMI

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Accessibility, ergonomics and AODA compliance

As of 2015, anyone renovating or constructing a public space must meet new building code requirements. Here's how one company achieved AODA compliance.
public safety network

Canadian Property Management

Public safety network has spectrum but no funds

Canadian proponents have few committed resources to kick-start the proposed high-speed mobile public safety broadband network, whereas their American counterparts have been promised USD $7 billion (CAD $9.24 billion).
FireSmart

Building Strategies & Sustainability

FireSmart land use planning supports safety

Prolonged, mass evacuations and the spectre of approaching flames reinforce the importance of emergency preparedness and embedding risk management in land use planning.
text neck

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Troubleshoot ‘text neck’ in the virtual workplace

'Text neck' describes the excessive strain on the head, neck and shoulders caused by looking down at handheld devices. Protect employees with these tips.