Health & Safety

elevators

CondoBusiness

Required upgrades to single-speed elevators lifted

The TSSA recently lifted the requirement to undertake certain upgrades to the controls of single-speed elevators, but it doesn’t mean building owners should abandon modernization.
labeling

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Labeling change targets food waste

The terms “sell by” and “use by” are likely to be replaced on labeling with the new, voluntary term “best if used by” on many food products.
Ignition risks of flammable refrigerants

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Ignition risks of flammable refrigerants probed

Refrigerant leaks could be particularly problematic in reach-in or walk-in coolers since flammable concentrations could build in these confined spaces and disperse outward when the door is opened.
ergonomics

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Reduce pain and fatigue with everyday ergonomics

Good ergonomics are critical to reducing pain and fatigue among office workers, but not everyone is putting this common knowledge into practice.
wool insulation

REMI Network

Sheep’s wool insulation seen as sustainable option

Wool insulation, made from the remnants of sheering sheep, is increasingly finding its way into commercial and residential buildings.
office chair

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Task chair retains throne as a staple of the office

To select the right office chair for an organization, consider price, user testing, and aesthetics.
anti-harassment legislation

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Anti-harassment legislation fails NY tenants

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is attempting to amend 1990s-era anti-harassment legislation that has never been successfully employed to convict a rental housing landlord.
pest

Canadian Facility Management & Design

A role for employees in workplace pest prevention

Facility managers might be surprised to find out how often an employee accidentally introduces pests in the office.
balcony fire

CondoBusiness

TFS sounds alarm over rise in balcony fires

Toronto Fire Service (TFS) is sounding the alarm over a recent rise in the number of balcony fires caused by carelessly discarded cigarettes.
custodial injuries

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
asbestos

REMI Network

Top exporters block move against white asbestos

Chrysotile, otherwise known as white asbestos, will not be added to Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances.
workplace injury

REMI Network

Alberta, police refine workplace injury and death investigations

Alberta is working on new rules to improve the way workplace injury and deaths are investigated.
Occupational Health and Safety Act

REMI Network

Nova Scotia changes Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Nova Scotia government is making changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that will help keep employees safe at work.
working-at-heights

CondoBusiness

Working-at-heights training deadline extended

Under certain conditions, construction workers who completed fall protection training before new requirements took effect in 2015 will have six more months to complete working-at-heights training.
hospital-acquired infection

REMI Network

Hospital-acquired infection control market reaches $16 billion

The global hospital-acquired infection (HAI) control market was worth about $16 billion (U.S.) in 2016, according to a new report.
indoor air quality

REMI Network

Mobile app finds solutions for indoor air quality issues

A new mobile app helps individuals find solutions to indoor air quality problems in their workplace.
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.