Health & Safety

New ASHRAE guideline outlines prescriptive way to comply with legionella risk management process

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ASHRAE points prescriptive way on legionellosis

ASHRAE has produced supplemental guidance to help facilities managers and building operators with the practical steps of implementing legionellosis prevention measures.
Avenue Living fined for safety violation

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Avenue Living fined for safety violation

The Calgary-based rental housing provider pleaded guilty under its legal name, Boulevard Real Estate Equities Ltd., for an incident that caused a worker injury.
real estate arms of major Canadian pension funds scrutinized for COVID-19 responsibility to workers

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Pension fund watchdog tuned to real estate arms

Board trustees for some of Canada’s most prominent commercial real estate portfolios are underscoring the obligations owed to on-site building services personnel during the COVID-19 crisis.
Alberta museums and galleries preparing to welcome back the public

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Look, don’t touch at Alberta museums

Both museums will be closing interactive areas that normally invite hands-on experiences. Instead, visitors will be reminded to look, but not touch any of the available exhibits
lengthy building shutdowns could increase the risk of Legionnaire's disease

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Shutdowns can factor in Legionnaires’ disease

Lengthy building shutdowns to help stop the spread of COVID-19 could create friendlier conditions for Legionella bacteria growth.
Exposure to UV light can cause skin and eye damage

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UV light injurious to microorganisms and humans

The Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada is reinforcing the timely message that UV disinfection procedures are highly technical and the light, itself, is hazardous.
COVID-19 lets loose work-from-home preference

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COVID-19 lets loose work-from-home preference

Fewer than 18 per cent of survey respondents report they have been more productive in home workspaces during the COVID-19 lockdown, but a majority conclude they are at least 80 per cent as productive as in a formal office setting.
Fort McMurray flood water spills into downtown core

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Fort McMurray flood swamps 1,230 buildings

Approximately 13,000 evacuees have been instructed to abide by COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

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Opinions on remote work become more favourable

A majority of surveyed corporate real estate executives are planning for a phased return of their workforces once public officials within their jurisdictions lift COVID-19 related stay-at-home orders.
REMI Network webinar explores journey back to business as usual

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Steering the journey back to business as usual

As property managers look to both industry associations and professional service providers for support to navigate COVID-19 upheaval, REMI Network is bringing the three groups together for webinar-based sharing of insight.
fire and life safety guidance for ad hoc healthcare space

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Code rigour relaxed for ad hoc health care space

The NFPA guidance on alternative compliance options was developed to address four scenarios that have been rapidly arising in the United States.
remote video inspections

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Remote video inspections abet social distancing

The technology does not replace the human element of inspections, but it does allow for parties to the inspection to be separate from each other.
HVACR technicians adhere to Health Canada protocol

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HVACR technicians adhere to health protocol

A newly released message to consumers underscores the critical role the industry plays in the viability of indoor environments and in safeguarding food, medical supplies, data and other strategic services.
anxiety over COVID-19 could triggercleaning chemical mishaps

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Beware the risks of cleaning chemical mishaps

Some basic chemistry lessons should be reiterated: mixing bleach with ammonia-containing or acid-containing products will produce a toxic reaction.
anxiety over COVID-19 could triggercleaning chemical mishaps

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Beware the risks of cleaning chemical mishaps

Some basic chemistry lessons should be reiterated: any mixture of bleach with ammonia-containing or acid-containing products will produce a toxic reaction.
Michael Dakduk named IICRC president and CEO

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Michael Dakduk named IICRC president and CEO

He comes to the role as an experienced manager in the associations sector and a United States Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
retail facilities managers

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Retail facilities managers address COVID-19

A growing number of industry organizations are providing their membership with online guidance related to COVID-19.