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FM Alert: USGBC Launches New LEED Pilot Credit For Building Materials

The pilot credit seeks to reward manufacturers who perform hazard and exposure assessments that can serve as a basis for developing products designed to minimize human health impacts.

Question Of The Week: Is A Microgrid In Your Facility’s Future?

On May 24, three state agencies in California will begin discussion of a roadmap to commercialize microgrids in the state.

FM Alert: OSHA’s New Work Injury Reporting Rule In Effect August 10

New reporting requirements will ‘nudge’ employers to prevent worker injuries and illnesses to demonstrate to investors, job seekers, customers, and the public that they operate safe and well-managed facilities

FM Alert: OSHA Offering $4.6M In Safety And Health Training Grants

A total of $4.6 million in funds from the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program will help high-risk, vulnerable workers identify, prevent workplace hazards.

NFPA Life Safety Certification For Health Care Facility Managers

The CLSS-HC is the first of new specialist certifications for facility managers and others responsible for ensuring safety at their facilities.

Staples Recalls Back In Motion Office Chairs Due To Fall Hazard

About 2,000 of the “Back in Motion” office chairs were sold at Staples stores nationwide and online at Staples.com and Quill.com from January 2014 through January 2016 for about $215.

Global FM Boosted By IFMA, RICS Collaboration

The partnership of the International Facility Management Association and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors focuses on supporting the increasingly strategic role of 25 million practitioners around the world.

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas.

FM Alert: OSHA To Hold Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee Meeting

OSHA has scheduled a meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) for April 25-26, 2016, in Washington, DC.

FM Alert: OSHA Updates Silica Exposure Rule

OSHA expects the updated rule to save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis – an incurable and progressive disease – each year.

Survey: What Is Your Cyber Security Role?

As part of a research partnership, this survey asks facility managers, commissioning and other consultants, and IT personnel to weigh in on cyber security for facilities.

FM Alert: Beware Counterfeit Electrical Products

Using counterfeit electrical products in any environment can result in a higher risk for failure or malfunction. This infographic from Eaton shows five segments where product performance is especially critical.

Spring’s Here! Time To Start Planning For Winter

If you need to procure snow management services for next winter, now is the time to get started, according to a new timeline released by the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA).

FM Alert: NIBS Launches Building Sciences Career Center

NIB's new Building Sciences Career Center is designed to help inspire high school students to become interested in a career in the building industry.

FM Alert: Help Develop New Building Safety, Fire Prevention, And Energy Efficiency Codes

International Code Council Committee Action Hearings are scheduled for April 17-27 in Louisville, KY.

FM Alert: Third Annual National Safety Stand-Down Announced

The weeklong initiative is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls – the cause of the highest number of industry deaths in the construction industry.

FM Alert: ICC Announces Theme for 2016 Building Safety Month

“Building Codes: Driving Growth Through Innovation, Resilience and Safety” is the theme for this year's Building Safety Month, celebrated in May.

FM Alert: Do You Know The School Janitor Of The Year?

To honor the best-of-the-best among school janitors, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for its annual Janitor of the Year contest.

FM Alert: Workplace Violence Infographic

Safety.BLR.com put together an infographic to illustrate who’s most at risk for workplace violence and provide suggestions for how to prevent incidents at your company.

FM Alert: United Nations HQ Wins 2015 Beyond Green™ Award

Top prize in the NIBS Sustainable Buildings Industry Council's 2015 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards went to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY for its sustainable renovation project.

FM Alert: Impact Of Sit-Stand Equipment On Chronic Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common causes of job-related disabilities, influencing employee productivity and ultimately significantly impacting the economic well-being of a business.

FM Alert: Free Fire and Extinguisher Safety Training Course

A free training course on extinguishing fires in the workplace is being offered by UL Workplace Health & Safety as part of its comprehensive online eLearning library.

FM Alert: Worker Endangerment Initiative Addresses Violations

Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division will work with the Department of Labor and U.S. attorneys for broader look at environmental and workplace safety crimes.

FM Alert: DOE Issues Largest Energy-Saving Standards Ever For Rooftop Air Conditioners

New energy efficiency standards issued for rooftop air conditioners and heat pumps represent the largest energy and pollution savings of any rule ever issued by the Department of Energy.

FM Alert: ZigBee, EnOcean Team Up To Create IoT Standard

Joint development of open, global specification for energy harvesting wireless communication technology will help meet growing demand for interoperable, self-powered IoT sensor solutions.

Permeable Pavement: A Sustainable Stormwater Solution

Permeable Pavements, a new book from ASCE, provides current guidance for the design, construction, and maintenance of permeable pavement systems that provide transportation surfaces and manage stormwater and urban runoff drainage using interlocking pavers.

FM Alert: Preventing Workplace Violence In Healthcare Settings

OSHA has unveiled a new webpage to provide employers and workers with strategies and tools for preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings.

FM Alert: CABA Report Highlights Role of Controls In Zero Net Energy Buildings

Monitoring and control systems are at the nexus of buildings and successful zero net energy (ZNE) performance, according to a new study from the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA).

FM Alert: Is Your Facility Ready For Winter Weather?

This guide will help you prepare your facilities’ facades, roofs, plazas, and parking garages for the intense storm systems predicted for this winter.

FM Alert: “Facility Smart Grid Information Model” Reaches Key Milestone

A recent public review of the Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), is bringing homes, offices, factories, and other buildings significantly closer to becoming full partners in supporting and managing the electric grid.

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