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A facilities manager’s guide to reopening and occupying buildings safely (White Papers)
What needs to be done now, short-term, and long-term

This e-book was written by Peter S. Kimmel, Publisher of FMLink. Its goal is to help building and facilities managers get their buildings back to the “new normal” occupancy and functioning safely for their occupants. It is written in four parts that are being published simultaneously; each links to the others. If you prefer to read  [more]


	

Infectious disease outbreaks—Identifying risks and analyzing how viruses spread (Magazines » ISSA Today)
How viruses are released, how they spread, and what we can do to protect our workspace

Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of ISSA As an epidemiologist or “disease detective,” a question I am frequently asked regarding SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) is: “How does someone become infected?” Everything we know about how this coronavirus behaves is based on data that has been collected in just a few months  [more]


	

OSHA issues new Covid-19 guidance for all industries, plus emergency temporary standard for healthcare workers (Regulations and Government)

July 27, 2021 — In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus, as well as new Covid-19 general industry guidance to protect all workers. Both are aligned with Centers for Disease Control and  [more]


	

Reopening your building: A resource guide (Sustainability » Leonardo Academy)

On par with pretty much everything these days, our article this month is different than normal. This month, rather than focusing purely on sustainability, we are focusing on health, namely the health of building occupants as they return to work. The Covid-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for all of society, including facility managers. As  [more]


	

OSHA updates guidance on protecting unvaccinated and other at-risk workers from Covid-19 (Publications)

September 20, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in recent weeks issued updated guidance to help employers protect workers from the coronavirus. The updated guidance reflects developments in science and data, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) updated Covid-19 guidance issued July 27. The updated  [more]


	

6 tips for return-to-workplace planning (Magazines » FMJ)

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of FMJ Workplace leaders are rethinking what offices look like when it is safe to reopen their spaces following the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than a flood of employees rushing back to the office in full force, returning to the workplace is occurring in shifts and waves. In the  [more]


	

	

Disinfection 101—Are you covering the basics? (Magazines » ISSA Today)
Proper disinfection matches the correct protocol with the right disinfectant chemicals

September/October issue of “Cleaning & Maintenance Magazine”  CMM is a magazine published every two months by ISSA, which also publishes “ISSA Today.” The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for robust disinfection processes in facilities across all industries. Whether you’re new to disinfection or it is a familiar and necessary part of your cleaning routine,  [more]


	

For frequent, worry-free disinfection of commercial and even foodservice surfaces, check out Gojo’s new Purell wipes (Cleaning Equipment, Supplies & Technology » Products and Services)

August 11, 2021 — Akron, Ohio-based Gojo Industries, the makers of Purell products, recently announced the launch of its latest surface hygiene innovations — Purell Professional Surface Disinfecting Wipes and Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizing Wipes. The new products are designed to deliver a combination of powerful efficacy and peace of mind. According to the company,  [more]


	

FMs had to quickly implement new health and safety measures during the pandemic. How many will they continue? (Surveys and Trends)

June 23, 2021 — When faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, facilities managers (FMs) had to quickly adapt to implement new health and safety measures in their buildings. In addition to more stringent and frequent cleaning and disinfecting regimens, new measures included many physical changes as well. According to the 2021 CMM In-House/Facility Management Benchmarking Survey  [more]


	

Workplace office amenities reimagined post-COVID-19 (Magazines » BOMA)
New roles for technology, ways of communicating and bonding, use of outdoors and conference rooms

Article originally published in the September/October 2020 issue of BOMA Magazine. Reprinted with permission from BOMA. It’s been an amenities arms race for office building owners to provide wow-worthy spaces to prospective tenants, including upscale fitness centers, chic lobbies and even golf simulation rooms and rock-climbing walls. Tenants have been investing in workplaces that will get talent through the door  [more]


	

How healthy buildings can help in the fight against COVID-19 (Magazines » BOMA)
What building owners and FMs need to know to make buildings healthy for reopening

Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of BOMA Magazine Many workplaces have begun allowing employees who wish to return to the office to come in as long as social-distancing procedures can be followed. The looming questions, however, are how will tenants know it is safe to return to their space, and will employees feel comfortable getting on  [more]


	

Pandemic lessons learned—so far (Magazines » BOMA)
The pandemic has led to more emergency preparedness plans—see them here

Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of BOMA Magazine Mark Dukes, BOMA Fellow, CCIM, RPA, says he’s ready now for virtually anything: “Storms? Okay. Blackouts? Bring it on. Pandemics? Sure. We have a procedure for that.” The trials of social distancing, widespread quarantine and business interruption that continue to define many of our lives caught most  [more]


	

Smart restrooms deliver hygiene and more (Magazines » ISSA Today)
5 benefits of smart restrooms that are especially important during a pandemic

July/August issue of “Cleaning & Maintenance Magazine”  CMM is a magazine published every two months by ISSA, which also publishes “ISSA Today.” In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: hygiene is king. And there seems to be little debate that today’s daunting demand for heightened hygiene will remain long after the pandemic  [more]


	

How safe is it to ride an elevator during the pandemic? (Surveys and Trends)

Academic study investigated risk of exposure to Covid-19 virus in elevators Elevators have significant air exchange by design with ventilation openings required by code Findings conclude that air circulation within elevator is key, placing elevator rides on lower end of exposure risk activities scale Exposure risk reduces by 50% when all passengers properly wear masks,  [more]


	

If you need a way to safely and effectively disinfect germ-laden areas, check out the OhmniClean UV-C disinfection robot (Cleaning Equipment, Supplies & Technology » Products and Services)

December 13, 2021 — OhmniLabs, an award-winning Silicon Valley startup that has manufactured and sold thousands of its signature telepresence robots around the world, recently unveiled a new robot designed to safely and effectively clean hospitals, schools, hotels and more: the OhmniClean UV-C Disinfection Robot. OhmniClean is a fully autonomous robot that disinfects utilizing the  [more]


	

Italy’s cleaning industry groups band together to fight Covid-19 (Associations and Organizations)

October 27, 2021 — Given the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic, Italy’s professional cleaning sector recently initiated an exemplary move to work together to effectively contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to cleaning industry trade association ISSA EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). The partners formed the Cleaning and Services Interassociative Team (TIPS), a  [more]


	

These tools can help NYC businesses maintain a healthy workplace for employees, clients and front-line cleaners (Publications)

October 8, 2021 — The Cleaning Coalition of America, a trade group representing cleaning service professionals nationwide, just released Clean Slate: A Reopening Guide for New York Businesses. The white paper, developed in coordination with independent experts in infectious disease and environmental hygiene, outlines recommendations for how businesses can maintain a safe and healthy workplace  [more]


	

Texas A&M at Galveston is using this ozone-powered sanitizing technology to kill SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens (Contract Awards)

October 4, 2021 — Purfresh Clean CEO Christian DeBlasio recently donated $75,000 of air-sanitizing units and services to his alma mater, Texas A&M University at Galveston in Galveston, Texas, to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Four units are now being used in the dining hall on the Galveston Campus due  [more]


	

5 things to know about carpet care and the COVID-19 pandemic (Magazines » ISSA Today)
Are you using the best methods and tools to keep your carpet clean?

September/October issue of “Cleaning & Maintenance Magazine”  CMM is a magazine published every two months by ISSA, which also publishes “ISSA Today.” In just a few short months, facility managers across the country have had to become cleaning experts. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new urgency to cleaning and disinfecting that simply wasn’t there  [more]