Health & Safety

COVID-19 HVAC learning curve

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ASHRAE tracks COVID-19 HVAC learning curve

A newly refreshed edition of the ASHRAE Epidemic Taskforce’s Building Readiness Guide provides more resources for calculating the effectiveness of building flushing and filtration.
back to school

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Safety concerns abound as students head back to school

Assessing health, safety, and infection control risks of going back to school against the value of physical classes is a tricky balance.
Fire code updates demand ongoing vigilance

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Fire code updates demand steady upkeep

Although they increasingly rely on professional service providers to keep up with the complexities of compliance, owners/managers ultimately carry the responsibility for life safety and bear the brunt of enforcement.
Electrical Safety Authority advised to redeploy resources

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Safety body advised to redeploy resources

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has been advised to place greater priority on the scrutiny of complex installations and adopt technologies to better support efficient, cost-effective service delivery.
COVID-19 related investment announced in fall economic statement

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COVID-19 related investment unveiled

The commercial real estate, facilities management and construction/retrofit sectors appear poised to capture a share of the spending announced in the Canadian government’s fall economic statement.
Coroner's inquest to examine circumstances of 2009 scaffolding collapse

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Inquest to examine 2009 scaffolding collapse

An inquest into the circumstances of the four construction workers' deaths is mandatory under Ontario's Coroners Act. A construction site supervisor has already been convicted.
New tax credit could apply on eligible common area upgrades


New tax credit may apply on common area upgrades

The one-time tax credit applies on eligible capital improvements made in 2021 to safeguard seniors and enable mobility and independence within their current principal residence.
small businesses eligible for up to $5,000 to cover COVID-19-related expenditures

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New grants for COVID-19-related expenditures

Small business operators could receive up to $5,000 to be used for physical modifications to comply with public health requirements, PPE or upgrading digital/e-commerce capabilities.
FireSmart measures emphasis no-cost/low-cost maintenance and upgrades

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FireSmart measures begin with maintenance

About 11 million people currently reside in Canada's wildland-urban interface areas, enjoying the benefits of proximity to forests and other natural features, but perhaps overlooking the perils.
chlorine gas release nets funds for health and safety initiatives

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Chlorine gas release warrants $150,000 fine

The Alberta court determined the fine should be directed to efforts to educate workers at the water treatment plant and ensure indoor air quality at a local health care centre.
Accessibility Standards Canada to conduct public consultation until Sept 25

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Accessibility Standards Canada seeks public input

The agency is mandated under the Accessible Canada Act to develop accessibility standards for all federally regulated organizations and to more widely promote accessibility and inclusiveness through research and public engagement.
Indoor air quality assurance and vigilance key to building reopenings

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Indoor air quality assurance bolsters reopenings

BOMA Toronto's new HVAC Advisory Council will monitor and respond to emerging knowledge about how SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — spreads.
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.