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.

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...

Architects praise Mississippi rebuilding effort

As Governor Haley Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Renewal, and Rebuilding wraps up, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) praised the Governor’s efforts, especially the brainstorming sessions that produced a dialogue centering around the need for local architects to have an integral role in the rebuilding process, that sustainable design principles were emphasized, and that there will be a commitment to creating more livable... ...Read More...

College courses in fire prevention

Each year in the U.S., there are enormous economic losses as a result of fire. According to federal statistics, almost 1.6 million fires were reported in the U.S. in 2003. These fires contributed to over $12 billion dollars in direct property losses. Because of these substantial personal economic losses as a result of fire, the federal government is providing grants to assist state, regional, national, or local organizations to address fire... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: innovative mobile device protection

To borrow a phrase from the Beatles, “something in the way you move….” will prevent your laptop or cell phone from being stolen? This may be the case in the future, thanks to a device invented by scientists at the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. According to a report from Reuters, The device will make it harder to steal mobile phones and laptops by enabling them to detect changes in their owner’s walking style... ...Read More...

Energy savings and lighting upgrades

Calling lighting “unique, because it is an energy affective building system,” National Lighting Bureau Communications Director John Bachner cautioned that designers “need to consider lighting’s interrelationships with other building systems to achieve the overall energy consumption and lighting quality goals established for earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.” The Bureau is an independent,... ...Read More...