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The primary disciplines of facility management—building envelope & exteriors, construction & retrofits, energy, environment, facility management, interiors, safety, security, technology—along with other important topics are included in this section.

FM Issue: Prepared For An Audit?

FM Issue: Prepared For An Audit?

It's possible to add value to environmental health and safety...Read More...

November 10 security event in Seattle

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...Read More...

Increase in workplace fatalities in 2004

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...Read More...

Web Exclusive: How to improve custodial services in schools

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...Read More...

Web Exclusive: portable lighting during emergencies

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...Read More...

Architects praise Mississippi rebuilding effort

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...Read More...

College courses in fire prevention

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...Read More...

Friday Funny: innovative mobile device protection

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...Read More...

Energy savings and lighting upgrades

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...Read More...

The lethal workplace

The lethal workplace

Some 2.2 million people worldwide die of work-related accidents and occupational diseases each year, according to a new report prepared by the United Nations’ International Labour Office (ILO). The report, “Decent Work – Safe Work,” says the 2.2 million figure may be vastly under-estimated due to poor reporting and differing recording criteria from country to country. While the number of work-related...Read More...