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.

CARE and Tricycle Team Up To Reduce Carpet to Landfills

CARE established an ambitious schedule to divert 40% of carpet landfill waste by the year 2012 by focusing upon post-consumer carpet waste, helping to identify, promote, and develop carpet reclamation and recycling... [...]

Used equipment now on eBay

This service hopes to offer a steady stream of quality used equipment - from skid steer loaders, mini-excavators and aerial lifts, to generators, welders, and... [...]

Improved workplace practices net top talent

Peng shares a few best workplace tips for principals who want to attract and retain top talent. Map out opportunities for growth, emphasize professional development, implement a work-life balance and share the... [...]

ARI and ASHRAE to develop mutual HVAC standards

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) have approved a new cooperative agreement for standards development that reinforces their long-running alliance. For TFM‘s past coverage of this issue, read “Sick Buildings: Common Causes and Sensible Solutions” by Jeffrey Entin. Preserved and formalized in the agreement is one... [...]

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,... [...]

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... [...]

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... [...]

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:... [...]

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:... [...]

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 –... [...]