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Bridging the Generational Gap in EHS

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Younger employees want more than just basic safety precautions.

 

There was a time when environmental health and safety (EHS) was intended to protect people in the workplace and elsewhere from egregious hazards and to comply with an ever-growing list of laws and guidelines, many of which were developed and championed by such entities as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From sawdust in the supermarket to handles by the toilets, EHS-related offerings took care of every possible incident and accident before they occurred.

 

Or so we thought. Read more

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This Brand-New Market drives Industry Consolidation

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Large companies are taking advantage of this emerging market, and changing the landscape of industry consolidation.

 

The fundamental drivers of industry consolidation range from harnessing growth and taking advantage of market opportunities to tax and expense savings; to environmental factors, such as global warming; to financing opportunities, such as strong company stock or low cost financing. 

 

Putting aside the other benefits – especially tax and expense savings – exploiting market opportunities is a major driver for industry consolidation. Today the environmental health and safety (EHS) industry is consolidating and it’s all about market opportunity. Read more

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Buildings, their lifespans, and why they’re “Time-Tested”

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Buildings are unique in that they decay, age, and most importantly, adapt over time. Why is that?

 

Buildings are like the human body—they emerge from construction full of promise and potential. And yet, over time, systems become a bit more rickety, slower to respond, and generally less efficient. In such circumstances, the facility manager must play doctor, diagnosing the building’s issue and finding a suitable course of treatment.

 

But, why do buildings fail? Why are maintenance and system curation always part of the job? Read more

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Winterizing your Facility: The Starting Point

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For most of the country, the transition from fall to winter has actually been relatively mild this year—a great reprieve after last year’s “Polar Vortex.” But, if you think we’re out of the woods, think again: meteorologists are already dubbing the term “Gozilla El Nino” to describe the weather patterns ahead of us. You better step it up in your facility management so you can limit the damage that winter brings, especially after historic highs of snowfall in Boston, Chicago, and other northern areas of the country. 

 

With such rough conditions around the bend, it’s a great time to make sure that your building has been sufficiently “winterized.” Doing so not only improves the comfort of tenants, but can also prevent unnecessary wear and tear (thus limiting the scope of spring’s repairs). Read more

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Maintenance Mapping the Future of Building Architecture?

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The medical industry is currently in the midst of a dramatic reinvention, and it’s all due to an expanding field known as genomics. Here, scientists and doctors collaborate to review an individual’s genome (i.e. the entirety of their DNA) and identify risk factors based on that individual’s specific biological “code.”

 

Just like how a large volume of genomes, or “genetic data points,” is required to identify this risk factors, the same also can be said of buildings. In short: We can use a high volume of data points, like how doctors use genomes, in order to map several problems in the spaces we use.  Read more

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An Open Office requires some “Closed Doors”

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In a blog post published by IFMA earlier this year, author Brady Mick notes how open trends in today’s office design—while great for collaboration—may be costing businesses the big ideas they need to thrive:

 

“In the first decade of the 21st century the push for more collaborative workplaces gave rise to open space designs that remain in most businesses today. Yet, as the focus of work shifts to innovation, openness is taking a toll on the people at work…Today’s workers have lost their ability and their time to think while in the office; mitigating a migration out of assigned workspaces. As employees disengage, businesses suffer as well. In truth, regardless of the job, or industry, everyone needs time to process information, research and investigate.” Read more

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These are the Most Advanced Facilities to Date.


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Smart building tech, as a market, is valued well into the trillions. The potential to give facilities an artificial intelligence, to promote productivity, has already seen hard, current results. What are the best and brightest examples of these “smart buildings/facilities?” What applications, features, and platforms do these structures have that are lacking in less advanced facilities? 

 

Well, let’s jump in then, and learn about the Most Advanced Facilities to Date: Read more

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Why you shouldn’t take “lighting lightly”

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When talking about quick ways to immediately impact productivity—and make an office a more comfortable place to work—few things come to mind as influential as a building’s lighting. In fact, according to efficiency expert Andrew Jensen, there’s a full spectrum of problems light issues can cause around an office: Read more

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Facility Managers are now.. Environmental Managers?

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We spend a lot of time discussing how facility managers can better serve the tenants of their buildings—and, for good reason, as doing so is their core responsibility. But, on an even larger scale, facility managers have tremendous opportunity to care for those well beyond their own walls, simply by serving as stewards of the environment.

 

Nonetheless, there’s been dramatic misconception over the years that environmentally conscious behavior is both expensive and inconvenient for companies to take on. As a result, we’d like to take a few minutes today to discuss these misconceptions, in order: Read more

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How to Climate “Change” for the better

 

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Yes, that is Pope Francis. That is in fact the leader of the Catholic church, in a blog post usually about mobile facility management trends, advantages, and ideologies. You also noticed the little speech bubble above his head, correct?

 

As Pope Francis’s papal legacy has unfolded, he has been a supporter of progressive social issues, and has especially been on top of global climate change issues. So if someone like the Pope is speaking about climate change awareness, does that indicate a pattern of increasing beliefs? Read more