Health & Safety

combustible cladding ban

REMI Network

UK combustible cladding ban has loopholes

Builders can use combustible cladding, including on later phases of a multi-building project, if they begin foundation work on a construction site before the last week of February 2019.
MSD

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Ontario gets new MSD prevention guideline

Ontario’s new guideline for preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) such as carpel tunnel syndrome was unveiled this month.
more smokers

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

More smokers stoke litter and fire risk

Business, professional and public interest groups are devising and deploying strategies to promote common sense and minimize risk, discord and environmental fallout.
medical cannabis

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Medical cannabis a prescription for uncertainty

Rental housing industry advocates have been urging the Canadian government to review and modify rules governing the cultivation of plants for personal medical use.
cleaning products industry

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning products industry blasts research

The American Cleaning Institutes chastises the slate of 15 authors affiliated with health sciences faculties of six Canadian universities for overlooking the role disinfectants play in infection control.
seismic resistance

Design Quarterly

Californians urge scrutiny of seismic resistance

Legislation to mandate a statewide inventory of buildings deemed to be potentially vulnerable in a major earthquake awaits the Governor of California's signature to become law.
construction site security

CondoBusiness

Site security comes under renewed scrutiny

Construction site security is under renewed scrutiny after a member of the public gained access to a downtown property and scaled a crane.
weed killer

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Weed killer misstep lands Edmonton in court

The City of Edmonton acknowledges vegetation damage occurred when weed killer was "inadvertently sprayed" in a residential neighbourhood.
hoarding as a medical condition

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

WHO classifies hoarding as a medical condition

If more sufferers seek help, landlords could be among the beneficiaries of better awareness and kinder perceptions of hoarding.
hot weather plans

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Hot weather plans get a workout in summer 2018

Workplace health and safety practitioners advise that measures to safeguard building services personnel from heat stress should be fairly straightforward.
ASHRAE Legionella standard

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Updated ASHRAE Legionella standard released

ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2018 outlines best practices for preventing growth and spread of Legionella in building water systems.
sanitation

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Partnership to support global sanitation goal

The world’s leading children’s organization has tapped the expertise of LIXIL to bring clean, safe toilets to vulnerable kids.
environmental surfaces

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Environmental surfaces can be infection gateway

Recently released guidelines from Ontario's Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee address the cleaning and disinfecting challenges that housekeeping staff continue to face in healthcare facilities.
technical safety

REMI Network

Nominations open for B.C.’s technical safety awards

Technical Safety BC is gearing up to recognize outstanding achievement, innovation and leadership in the field at awards this fall.
discredited firefighting foams

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Makers of discredited firefighting foams sued

The suit seeks to hold the companies liable for contamination that the chemical formulas, PFOS and PFOA, caused to soil and water in the vicinity of four airports in New York State.
furniture

CondoBusiness

Lounge furniture targeted as multi-res fire risk

Some condo lobbies may be looking spare lately because the lounge furniture that usually occupies these spaces is being targeted as a fire risk.
remediation

CondoBusiness

How to remediate previously hoarded units

What cleaning and repair work is required to remediate a previously hoarded unit? An extreme-cleaning expert answers.