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An Unsafe Attitude Can Lead to Workplace Woes

An Unsafe Attitude Can Lead to Workplace Woes

Self-improvement professionals—from weight-loss experts to exercise gurus to motivational speakers—will tell you that attitude is everything. To make any type of positive change in your life, the change must first begin in your own mind. Unfortunately, an unsafe attitude toward workplace practices can have just as much influence on a person’s behavior as a positive attitude—except for the worse. A potentially dangerous disregard for safety could lead to a serious workplace accident. Below are six phrases, each reflecting an unsafe attitude that could lead to workplace woes. “Whenever you hear one of these phrases or something similar on the job, you should pay close attention to the situation at hand,” said Benjamin Mangan, president and founder of MANCOMM and American Safety Training, Inc. These two companies work together to develop and provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance products and safety training. “You may be able to stop an accident before it has happened.” 1. “We don’t have time.”investing time in safety training ultimately saves far more time than it loses for companies. Work time is lost whenever an injury or illness occurs, and that employee’s expertise is removed from the workplace. If an employee dies because of a workplace accident or illness, surely that is the most tragic loss of all. There’s always time to train to work safely. 2. “I know a shortcut.”People sometimes take shortcuts on the job because they are banking on the fact that nothing bad will happen. But these shortcuts can lead to complex problems. “Shortcuts can often lead to disaster,” said Mangan. “For example, a worker may decide to use too short a ladder to reach the roof of a building because he doesn’t want to find and transport a longer one. A ladder should extend three feet beyond the top of a building, so the worker can step off the ladder onto the roof. If the worker uses one that’s too short and has to climb up onto the roof, he could experience a nasty fall. On the 2005 list of OSHA’s 10 most commonly violated regulations, ‘Ladders’ was entry No. 10, so one’s choice in ladders can be a crucial decision.” 3. “I think this is the right way to do it…”“In our safety training classes,” Mangan said, “we encourage safety professionals from a wide variety of industries to look up regulations whenever they are in doubt about a safety matter. Guessing or believing hearsay is always unwise.” To encourage safety professionals to look up information, MANCOMM developed a graphical,… …Read More…


A real WORK of art from Grainger: thousands of new offerings

A real WORK of art from Grainger: thousands of new offerings

GRAINGER, sponsor of TFM‘s 2006 Facility Executive of the Year Award, recently announced the addition of more than 39,000 products to its new catalog (launching April 3, 2006). The expansion brings the number of products offered through its catalog from 82,000 to more than 115,000. Make sure to check out Grainger’s offerings at The TFM Show, April 10-12, at the Navy Pier in Chicago. The expanded offering consists of some 30,000 different fasteners such as screws, bolts, and nuts, and an additional 10,000 products spread across diverse product categories including electrical, cleaning, material handling, plumbing and ventilation. To celebrate the announcement the company commissioned a large fastener sculpture by well-known Chicago sculptor Erik Blome. The sculpture stands 7 feet tall, weighs approximately 500 pounds, and is comprised of thousands of fasteners and related products. “Our customers count on us to be a one-stop shop for a broad selection of maintenance repair and operating supplies, enabling them to manage their facilities efficiently,” said Michael Pulick, Grainger’s vice president of product management. “We had a clear opportunity to bolster our offering, especially in fasteners. Today we are excited to announce that we arepoised to handle even more of our customers’ unplanned MRO needs.” In addition to the new larger catalog with more products and information, the company will stock more than 4,000 fastenerslocally in most of its 400 U.S. branches with the balance available for shipping from distribution centers. Product selection tools will assist customers in narrowing their selection to the right product based on factors such as grade, size, and material. Advanced cross-referencing tools, a new dedicated fastener catalog and employee product training will also help customers save time in sourcing the right product for their applications.


Friday Funny: Breaking the glass ceiling…in the men's room!

Friday Funny: Breaking the glass ceiling…in the men's room!

Edge Designs is an all female company that designs interior office space. The firm had a recent opportunity to do an office project in NYC. The client allowed the women of this company a free hand in all design aspects. For TFM‘s related coverage, see “Exchanging Wacky Washrooms” from the archives. Most public rest rooms are not the scene of chit chat or laughter; they’re places where people do what they have to and then leave. But with the addition of this mural on the wall, one men’s rest room is now a place of discussion, laughter, and smiles.


Taking A Second Look At Carpet Cleaning

Taking A Second Look At Carpet Cleaning

Eric Hsiao, an engineer with Tornado Industries, a cleaning equipment company in Chicago, IL, addresses some traditional carpet cleaning procedures that may need to be revisited.For TFM’s coverage of carpet care in the March 2006, see “Carpet 101” in the current issue. Hsiao writes:For decades, carpets have been cleaned using 175/250-rpm floor machines with a bonnet attached. However, just because something is a common practice does not mean it is the most effective cleaning method, or even the best for the carpet. In fact, many experts believe this form of carpet care is precisely the method that should not be used when performing interim carpet cleaning. “The reason is that 175/250-rpm buffers are designed for heavy duty scrubbing and stripping of hard surface floors,” says John Garger, of Tandus, manufacturers of carpet and other floor covering materials in Dalton, GA. “The spinning rotary action generates friction and heat build up, which is not beneficial to any carpeted or soft surface floor.” In fact, Garger adds that on some carpets, it can untwist the face yarns, and laboratory evaluations indicate that permanent yarn distortion and abrasion can occur very shortly after use of a rotary buffer, regardless of the attachments, shampoo brush, or yarn bonnet attached to the interlock. If bonnet cleaning is to be performed, a more preferable equipment of choice would be to use a cylindrical brush machine, which is not as abrasive to carpets, will not torque in the wrong direction, but will still clean deeply and aggressively. New Carpet Extraction MethodsSimilarly, certain carpet extraction procedures have been used for many years, but new research and technologies indicate they may not be the most effective. For the sake of productivity, it has been common practice to add cleaning chemical/solution to the water in the solution tank of a self-contained extractor. This solution was then injected into the carpet fibers at a sizable pressure and then simultaneously vacuumed up, leaving an apparently clean carpet—or so it was thought. The reality of this method is that chemical residue from the solution adheres to the carpet fibers. This substance allows dirt to “stick” to the lower portion of the fibers, and the carpet can end up looking in worse shape than it was before the extraction. In essence, the cure is worse than the illness. What can be done to prevent this problem? In order to get carpet clean, a chemical is still recommended, however, it should be applied during a pre-spray. The extractor should then be run with only water… …Read More…


Frost & Sullivan Offers Analysis Of Integrated Facility Management Market

Frost & Sullivan Offers Analysis Of Integrated Facility Management Market

According to analysis by Frost & Sullivan, North American Integrated Facility Management Services Market, environmental concerns among end-users and implementation of new government policies—such as the Energy Conservation Policy in 2005—is making some opportunities open in the Integrated Facility Management (I-FM) services market in North America. The opportunities are included in various end-user segments such as healthcare, education, government buildings where services in building O&M, janitorial services, IT, and telecom have the potential to be outsourced. For TFM’s coverage of this topic, see “The Controversial Conversation” in the archives. The Frost & Sullivan analysis reveals that the total North American I-FM services market earned revenue of $25.37 billion in 2005, and it estimates this market will reach $44.54 billion in 2012. “The IT and telecom service sector is expected to grow at the fastest pace as compared to others owing to the increased market demand and clients’ adaptability of advance technology to serve their customers,” says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Sapan Agarwal. Increasing trends in mergers and acquisitions, and alliances between various I-FM services companies with IT and telecom companies, such as the alliance between Johnson Controls and IBM, has worked successfully to be one of the world’s largest companies. A high level of delayed maintenance is occurring within most large-scale client companies. There are various reasons causing the delay such as a lack of infrastructure and less interest driving facility managers to take initiatives due to improper communication between service vendors and facility managers. “An integrated facilities management solution directly affects a client company’s ability to achieve its business objectives and helps concentration in its core competencies,“ notes Agarwal. The challenge is negotiating an equitable contract whereby deferred maintenance issues are addressed in the beginning and then proper proactive and predictive maintenance systems are implemented throughout the term of the I-FM agreement. Facility managers can request a brochure containing the latest analysis by sending an e-mail to trisha.bradley@frost.com. Requests should include: Name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail address, city, state, and country.


Frost & Sullivan Offers Analysis Of Integrated Facility Management Market

Frost & Sullivan Offers Analysis Of Integrated Facility Management Market

According to analysis by Frost & Sullivan, North American Integrated Facility Management Services Market, environmental concerns among end-users and implementation of new government policies—such as the Energy Conservation Policy in 2005—is making some opportunities open in the Integrated Facility Management (I-FM) services market in North America. The opportunities are included in various end-user segments such as healthcare, education, government buildings where services in building O&M, janitorial services, IT, and telecom have the potential to be outsourced. For TFM’s coverage of this topic, see “The Controversial Conversation” in the archives. The Frost & Sullivan analysis reveals that the total North American I-FM services market earned revenue of $25.37 billion in 2005, and it estimates this market will reach $44.54 billion in 2012. “The IT and telecom service sector is expected to grow at the fastest pace as compared to others owing to the increased market demand and clients’ adaptability of advance technology to serve their customers,” says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Sapan Agarwal. Increasing trends in mergers and acquisitions, and alliances between various I-FM services companies with IT and telecom companies, such as the alliance between Johnson Controls and IBM, has worked successfully to be one of the world’s largest companies. A high level of delayed maintenance is occurring within most large-scale client companies. There are various reasons causing the delay such as a lack of infrastructure and less interest driving facility managers to take initiatives due to improper communication between service vendors and facility managers. “An integrated facilities management solution directly affects a client company’s ability to achieve its business objectives and helps concentration in its core competencies,“ notes Agarwal. The challenge is negotiating an equitable contract whereby deferred maintenance issues are addressed in the beginning and then proper proactive and predictive maintenance systems are implemented throughout the term of the I-FM agreement. Facility managers can request a brochure containing the latest analysis by sending an e-mail to trisha.bradley@frost.com. Requests should include: Name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail address, city, state, and country.


BOMA International Adopts Six New Policy Positions

BOMA International Adopts Six New Policy Positions

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently added six new policy positions to its advocacy agenda. Five of the six new policies are related to American National Standards put forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The other policy position passed deals with smart growth. “As one of the 200 developers of standards in the U.S., our membership has a vested interest in ANSI’s process for adopting new standards,” said BOMA International Chairman and Chief Elected Officer David W. Hewett, RPA, CPM, CCIM, FMA, CFM, principal for Trammell Crow Company, Auburn Hills, MI. “All were developed with the intent of improving ANSI’s mission of enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. business by facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. We’re confident that by advocating for these new positions, we can help improve the process for all.” Following are highlights of the five new positions relating to ANSI: 1. Policy on Appeals on Standards: BOMA International will provide a process by which a stakeholder in a standard may make an appeal on a standard developed by BOMA International. BOMA has established this appeals process in order to demonstrate its commitment to due process in standards development, to offer an avenue by which a stakeholder may appeal a standard, and to receive comments on its standards that will serve as aids in the future revision of standards.2. Policy on Interpretation of Standards: In order to provide additional background and explanations for the Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings and the Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Industrial Buildings, BOMA International will maintain information on its Web site on the most commonly asked questions about the floor measurements standards. In addition to providing an interpretation, these inquiries help provide the basis for consideration of revision to the standard at the appropriate time.3. Policy on the Metric System: BOMA International supports the use of the metric system and endeavors to include metric units in all BOMA publications.4. Policy on Patents Used to Employ BOMA Developed Standards: BOMA International embraces the policy on use of patented inventions that may be required to adhere to American National Standards that has been developed and approved by ANSI. 5. Policy on Record Retention: The American National Standards process ensures that there is an opportunity for all those who are interested in and affected by a standard to participate in its development. Due process is key to ensuring that American National Standards are developed in an environment… …Read More…


The ABCs of Business: The Value of Education in the Workplace

The ABCs of Business: The Value of Education in the Workplace

Education shouldn’t stop once facility managers get the job of their dreams. No matter what position they’re in, from intern to president, education should improve and enrich one’s experience on the job. In fact, continuing education on the job can help an organization reach peak performance levels by encouraging creativity and productivity. Too often, managers concern themselves with hiring people who have a good education, without looking at other characteristics, such as logical thinking or flexibility. Then, once they are hired, employees forget about the importance of continuing the learning process. According to consultant and author Winston Scott, part of the responsibility belongs to the employer to provide opportunities for education. In his article, “The ABCs of Education in Business,” Winston gives tips on harnessing the power of learning to improve business skills at every level. In it, he shows how to: • Consider not just the education of each hire, but other attributes such as logical thinking and problem-solving skills;• Create a hiring process that measure other skills in an essay format or cognitive tests• Offer on-the-job training to improve efficiency and proficiency• Ask the right questions to help employees advance in weaker areas and learn more about new skill sets The role of education goes far beyond just opening the right doors. If facility managers continue to learn on the job, their company will benefit from the confidence they build from their experiences.


How much do you know about global warming?

How much do you know about global warming?

What is the relationship between the ozone hole and global warming? What the heck is zooxanthellae? To find out the answers to these questions, take the Environmental Defense’s 10 question quiz. According to the people from Environmental Defense, this is a pivotal year for global warming action. Anyone who appreciates the dangers of global warming and is committed to taking action has a special role to play in the coming months. Public education is essential in mobilizing demand for change. Are you ready? This quiz is both fun and educational, and participants will get their results immediately. Here’s the first question: Why care about global warming?