FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
What if there was an effective way for companies to reopen their offices now, not later, and continuously protect their most valuable resources – their staff? Something new and adaptive, a sterilizing method that goes well beyond extra scrubbing from the nightly cleanup crew? Today, corporate leadership and boardrooms are in dire search of the answers to that very question as their employees’ comfort level and their company’s fluctuating productivity hang in the balance.
As the size of your company grows, adding additional employees and the expense of investing in assets and equipment to keep your company operating is now more challenging. Along with the growth of your company and organization come additional responsibilities of managing all of your assets, resources and keeping everything running at peak performance.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, “slips and falls . . . represent the primary cause of lost days from work.” And the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in 2019, there were 6,640 workplace injuries from falls due to tripping on uneven surfaces. The quality of what’s under workers’ feet has a direct impact on safety. With that in mind, here’s what I learned about undertaking a flooring project with my previous employer during holiday downtime.
University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Assembly Center has been home to eight NCAA Lady Vols championship teams over the years. To assure a pleasant behind-the-scenes experience, the school recently expanded the facility’s restrooms with two innovative lines from Scranton Products, an industry leader in plastic bathroom partitions and lockers.
Landmarks aren’t spared the risks of and potential damage caused by fire. This means many of the world’s historic, cultural and architectural treasures – such as cathedrals, museums and capitol buildings – are at risk of being damaged, forever lost to fire. Society must do all that it can to protect and preserve them. Honeywell provides an advanced solution.
With commercial facilities taking precautions against Covid-19 as never before, an effective new tool in their arsenal is a new type of “germicidal” LED fixture. This specialized LED fixture draws in air and irradiates it with UV light. Union Health, an integrated health system in Indiana, installed 48 of the UVC LED light fixtures developed by Energy Harness last year at its facilities.
The Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital is a 150,000 square foot facility. Over the years, patient visits have grown from 60,000 to 400,000 per year, with an attendant increase in staffing numbers. Heat generated from advanced healthcare equipment has added to the cooling demand. Carrier provided a solution to the increasing chiller requirements.
Just as thermal insulation keeps in heat, acoustic insulation blankets keep in sound. Just covering a compressor isn’t enough to reduce chiller noise unless an insulation maker also pays attention to equipment geometry. The State University of New York at Oneonta learned about the benefits of covering compressors thanks to Shannon Global Energy Solutions.
The Scottish Rite Center in Wichita, Kansas recently ran into a common problem with its metal cooling tower that supported the HVAC system – it had completely rusted-out. When TempleLive took over the facility, the company was determined to make it a premier venue. Part of that strategy was to preserve the facility’s architectural elegance from all sides.
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The new Gen-Pack™ Battery Adapter from General Pipe Cleaners lets you operate your sewer inspection camera system in remote locations where access to power is limited. It adds portability and versatility – and makes jobs easier! Depending on battery type and system settings, you can run General’s Gen-Eye POD® or Gen-Eye X-POD® camera systems up to 12 hours with the Gen-Pack.
Lochinvar, an industry leader in high-efficiency boilers and water heaters, announces the CREST® Condensing Boiler with Hellcat™ Combustion Technology, featuring RealTime O2 Trim™. This combustion technology includes Feed Forward, Feed Back, Commissioned Trim and Learned Trim to allow the user to set tailored parameters, so the unit can run at peak performance around the clock without needing to make manual adjustments.
STI’s line of round and rectangular Select-Alert sirens / strobes are a highly effective way to alert to unauthorized use, theft or vandalism, as well as unwarranted exits and entries. The combination of alert and bright flashing LEDs offers excellent protection for a variety of urgent situations, by helping to draw immediate attention to the area.
The Cold-Shot® Pipe Freezing Kit from General Pipe Cleaners lets you repair an operating water system – without draining lines, sprinkler arrays, or hot water systems before cutting pipe or tubing! Using Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in dip-tube cylinders, the Cold-Shot freezes liquids in steel, copper, cast iron, aluminum, or plastic pipes – 1/8” through 2” in diameter – in minutes.
With summer in full swing, is one person too hot and another too cold? Do you find visitors tamper with the building’s thermostat? STI has the solution to protect against the rising cost of utilities. Thermostat Protector with key lock helps protect thermostats and energy sensors. The cover mounts directly over the unit to prevent unwanted access yet allows authorized use with the provided key.
No matter what safety features a machine has, no machine is safer that its operator. Make sure you and your personnel are well versed in the proper safety procedures for your machine. Pay attention to what you’re doing and use common sense. Drain cleaning can be profitable and risk-free if you follow some simple safety precautions.