Facility Management Articles

Articles in this section provide insight into how facility managers can keep on top of what they need to know to sustain their careers.

The best and the worst

According to a new survey, Camden, NJ is the most dangerous city in the country, followed by Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, Richmond, and Baltimore. This is Camden’s second year at the top. The safest city in the country is Newton, MA, followed by Clarkstown, NY, Amherst, NY, Mission Viejo, CA, and Brick Township,... ...Read More...

Safety for an aging workforce

As those born between 1946 and 1964, the large ‘baby boomer’ generation, ages so to does our workforce while the labor pool shrinks. Currently, workplace injury rates for older workers are the lowest of any age group, but their fatality rate is the highest. To accommodate the aging workforce and to work to reduce fatality rates, businesses should design a safe workplace for this aging, but valuable, workforce, American Society of Safety... ...Read More...

Massive layoffs at GM

Plant closures will hit Doraville, GA, Oklahoma City, and Lansing, MI. This is in addition to closures that took place earlier this year in Linden, NJ, Baltimore, and at another plant in Lansing. For the full report from Reuters, click... ...Read More...

Answers to last Friday’s OSHA violation quiz

ANSWERS: The violations are given along with the regulation numbers that address them. Workplace is a mess: 1910.22(a)(1) Rats: 1910.141(a)(5) LP forklift used in EE rated area (see sign): 1910.178(c)(2)(iv) Propane tank lying on the floor: 1910.178(f)(2), 1910.110(f)(2)(i), 1910.110(f)(2)(ii)Worker standing on the forks: 1910.178(m)(3) Operator has dismounted the forklift without lowering the forks: 1910.178(m)(5)(iii) Exit blocked:... ...Read More...

Answers to last Friday’s OSHA violation quiz

ANSWERS: The violations are given along with the regulation numbers that address them. Workplace is a mess: 1910.22(a)(1) Rats: 1910.141(a)(5) LP forklift used in EE rated area (see sign): 1910.178(c)(2)(iv) Propane tank lying on the floor: 1910.178(f)(2), 1910.110(f)(2)(i), 1910.110(f)(2)(ii)Worker standing on the forks: 1910.178(m)(3) Operator has dismounted the forklift without lowering the forks: 1910.178(m)(5)(iii) Exit blocked:... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: Spot the OSHA Violations

The safety professionals at MANCOMM created this picture through extensive Photoshop retouching, so no workers or animals were actually endangered. In the picture, how many Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety violations can you spot? Some of the violations are fairly obvious, but some will require a keen knowledge of OSHA regulations. Consider yourself well-versed in OSHA matters if you can spot at least 10 violations –... ...Read More...

High airborne mold levels, post-Katrina

Interesting article in USA Today regarding high airborne mold levels... ...Read More...

Avian flu adds to cold and flu season worries

More than half the people in a new survey about the upcoming cold and flu season say they are concerned about the possibility of a flu strain jumping from animals to humans. The results represent a big shift from a year ago, when only 1% of respondents to a similar question reported being worried about avian or bird flu. Both surveys were conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional. Some of the other key... ...Read More...

Winners of the 2005 Brick in Architecture Awards

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently announced the winners of its 2005 Brick in Architecture Awards. Each winning project demonstrated the importance of good design and the need to use environmentally friendly materials to create durable and sustainable structures. Award winning projects include: Project: RadioShack Riverfront Campus, Fort Worth, Texas Architect: HKS, Inc. The RadioShack Riverfront Campus, which replaced two high-rise... ...Read More...

Bonus funny: the link between cell phones and Finnish toilets

Amusing and odd little news item in today’s... ...Read More...