Best’s Best: Working hands-free

At the beginning of the pandemic, my office quickly began using hinge doorstoppers to help stop the spread of disease over surfaces. The doorstoppers are still in place, keeping doors all throughout the office open to pass through easily. The doorstoppers were already on-hand well before the pandemic began, and before many people in this […]

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Here’s why you should start working outside

Facilities managers are given every new idea to help stop the spread of infection in commercial buildings, installing new fixtures, testing social distance solutions, filling the air around themselves with disinfectants, etc. At every turn, COVID-19 has transformed the role of facilities personnel. Don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely necessary to take precautions and […]

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Understanding drain cleaning equipment

Plumbing systems are largely out-of-sight, out-of-mind for those who occupy commercial buildings, and many facilities personnel who have fished soda bottles, t-shirts, cigarette butts, and everything in-between out of drains know the importance of drain maintenance. Drain cleaning is essential for keeping building plumbing systems functioning and free from clogs. It is important to first […]

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Keep pests out of your empty school building this fall

So many schools across the U.S. have made the move to a fully virtual curriculum for the fall semester, leaving school buildings largely unoccupied for additional months after the summer break. The extended break in foot traffic through schools presents pests, such as rats, with the opportunity to get into the building undetected. Facilities managers […]

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Safety for handling power tools

There are more power tools available today that will work efficiently on the job, travel easily to job sites with portability in mind with compact designs, and handle tougher or more compact situations than ever before. None of the benefits that power tools can offer to you are going to be worthwhile if the proper […]

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4 tips for managing an empty school this fall

As we head into autumn, the time to make the difficult decision is here: Will students return to school campuses or not? Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network in Ohio published a new study stating that “school closure may have been associated […]

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Your vigorous disinfecting could be hurting occupant health

Returning to the new normal leaves many anxious occupants concerned with the potential for their own workplace making them sick. Well-intentioned cleaning crews, facilities managers, and occupants fill buildings with disinfectants to stop the spread of infection. While viruses are on the top of these individuals’ minds, it goes largely unrealized that filling commercial buildings […]

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What facilities managers can do to prevent crime

The impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. has created a struggling economy, which historically leads to rising crime. There is still much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and its impact on the economy as it has not yet fully ended. However, it has already brought massive disruption to many aspects of life including employment, housing, and […]

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Could flushing a toilet spread COVID-19?

Another new behavior to stay on top of to prevent coronavirus transmission: closing the toilet lid when you flush. Scientists found that flushing a toilet can create a cloud of droplets containing coronavirus that will linger long enough to be inhaled. Aerosol droplets rise nearly three feet and can land on other surfaces in the […]

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Best’s Best: Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk is one of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S., located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. The city is home to 34 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools, and nine special-purpose and preschools. The many schools combined make up the Norfolk Public Schools system, where Ralph Johnson […]

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