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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Returning to school this fall

In the face of a new pandemic, with more questions surrounding the situation than answers, schools around the U.S. switched to fully remote learning in the spring. Parents were challenged to manage their kids’ education while grappling with their own work and a new set of restrictions to adhere to. The situation shined a spotlight […]

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Safety tips for managing heat stress

Temperatures in the 80’s have made their summer residence where I live in Maryland, and 90° F weather has already made appearances as well. With the increased temperatures also comes an increased risk for illness and even death for those who work outdoors for extended periods of time. OSHA’s threshold for moderate occupational risks starts […]

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Hurricane season is here: Are you prepared?

The official start to the Atlantic hurricane season began this week on June 1. The storms got a head start with the third named tropical system potentially forming southeast of Bermuda. If the storm becomes strong enough, it will be named Cristobal and be the first time on record that three named storms formed across […]

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Improving indoor air quality

We are all aware of the dangers in the air around us outdoors, whether that means breathing in city street pollution or coping from allergies when there is a lot of pollen in the air. But what about the air quality in the workplace and indoor areas where we spend most of our time? Better […]

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Reducing the spread of coronavirus with hand-washing

As cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus spread in the U.S. this week, health experts have recommended regular hand washing as a precaution. Alternative songs to ‘Happy Birthday’ to hum while washing your hands have been recommended, and major news sources have urged people to educate themselves on proper hand washing techniques to effectively prevent the […]

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How to battle mold in your building’s restroom

Mold thrives in damp areas like bathrooms and without taking measures to clean and prevent mold, it may only continue to grow. Leaking toilets, steamy showers, and knocked over water glasses are only a few examples of areas where mold will easily grow and cause problems. Mold can lead to health effects including skin rashes, […]

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