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.

Web Exclusive: The necessity of fire sprinkler upgrades (CASE STUDY INCLUDED)

This exclusive article was submitted by SimplexGrinnell Compliance with Nursing Home Sprinkler Law Achieved In 2003, fire safety in nursing homes came to the forefront as a pressing state and national issue. That year, in two separate fatal events in Connecticut and Tennessee, 31 deaths occurred, starkly illustrating the need for improved fire safety systems in health care facilities catering to the elderly. Sixteen people perished in the... ...Read More...

Five “Fellows” from IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has selected five members for its 2005 Class of IFMA Fellows. This year Jeffery L. Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow; Christopher P. Hodges, CFM, PE, RRC, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Guy Thatcher, CMC, IFMA Fellow; Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow; and Frederick P. Weiss, CFM, IFMA Fellow; bring the number of IFMA Fellows to 65. The IFMA Fellowship program was established to create an elite... ...Read More...

Five "Fellows" from IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has selected five members for its 2005 Class of IFMA Fellows. This year Jeffery L. Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow; Christopher P. Hodges, CFM, PE, RRC, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Guy Thatcher, CMC, IFMA Fellow; Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow; and Frederick P. Weiss, CFM, IFMA Fellow; bring the number of IFMA Fellows to 65. The IFMA Fellowship program was established to create an elite... ...Read More...

November 1 SMART© Public Meeting in Dallas

Interested flooring purchasers are invited to attend the November 1 SMART© Public Meeting, which will be held from 2:00 – 5:00. The goal of the meeting is to solicit comments on the SMART© Draft Sustainable/EPP Flooring Standard© before it is Balloted. All comments are due by November 4, 2005. Here is the Meeting Agenda:1. Background on voluntary consensus Standards and their use for government product purchasing and specifying and use... ...Read More...

Domestic violence in the workplace–reaching epidemic proportions?

An interesting commentary aired this morning on the radio program, Marketplace. In it, Commentator Brooke McMurray spelled out how domestic violence disrupts the workplace more often than many people think (one in three employees are victims), and urged companies to create policies to protect workers. Listen here. (Requires Real... ...Read More...

Looking for a designer?

The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) has launched its online Find A Designer referral service. This is a free, convenient, user-friendly service that consumers and business professionals use to preview profiles of ASID-IL designers before contacting them for a project interview. This service offers simple ways to search for a suitable designer. Linda Truckenmiller, president, ASID-IL Chapter adds,... ...Read More...

November 10 security event in Seattle

The fifth annual ASG Security Expo will be held at Seattle’s SAFECO Field on November 10. Industry speakers will address the business, security, and IT challenges surrounding the opportunities and risks of implementing enterprise security solutions. Seattle Mariners’ Director of Security Paul Schieck will address the challenges of securing a high profile venue while protecting the customer experience. In addition, Patrick Donaldson... ...Read More...

Increase in workplace fatalities in 2004

On August 25, 2005, the Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary for 2004 reported a total of 5,703 fatal work injuries in the U.S.—an increase of 2% from the revised total reported for 2003. ASSE President Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP, of Wisconsin, says, “This report confirms our call for those businesses who ignore workplace safety programs to wake up and do something today to address this issue of people dying while on the job. And,... ...Read More...

Web Exclusive: How to improve custodial services in schools

This exclusive article was submitted by Alan Knopp, Deputy Director, Facilities Management Department Custodial Services Division, County of Riverside, California Here are a few basic ways to get better performance from your custodial services department and be able to worry less about some common problems. There are certainly other ways as well, but, this might be a good place to begin. SITE SAFETY INSPECTIONSYou can develop a site safety... ...Read More...

Web Exclusive: portable lighting during emergencies

This exclusive article has been provided by Streamlight Whether the cause is natural or man-made, for emergencies that result in major power loss, it’s wise to plan for scenarios where even backup power systems fail. Portable lights hold the key. Would you be ready if your building’s occupants suddenly had to evacuate your facility in total darkness? In the event of a total power blackout or other crisis where even your facility’s... ...Read More...