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Benefits and limits of UV-C Disinfection systems
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Infectious microorganisms can survive on surfaces for weeks, months and even years if not removed. In the healthcare industry, for example, studies show that on average 50 per cent of surfaces remain contaminated, even as environmental services staff complete standard traditional cleaning. New automated disinfection technologies are being implemented across the globe in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the environment as a potential path for these microorganisms to reach patients.
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Alberta overhauls workplace safety rules
Workers in Alberta would be able to refuse unsafe work conditions under new workplace safety legislation the provincial government is proposing.
Ontario's auditor general flags maintenance oversights
Almost $19 million was spent on operating and maintaining 812 vacant buildings in Ontario from 2016 to 2017.
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Retrofitting with Triple-Glazed Windows
Proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code in 2019 and 2022 will require the use of more energy efficient building products, such as windows, in an effort to meet tighter energy requirements laid out in the provincial government’s Climate Change Strategy.
 
High-tech security depends on best practices
The continuous flow of people entering and exiting a facility, dispersed across multiple floors and annexes, all with different access permits, complicate safety and security efforts.
McGill University plans to be carbon neutral by 2040
McGill University is committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, under its new Climate & Sustainability Action Plan.

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Report examines chemical footprint of healthcare products
A new report released by U.S non-profit Clean Production Action assessed the chemical footprint – the presence of hazardous chemicals – of more than 250 products commonly found in hospital pediatric patient rooms. 
Mississauga boosts efforts to mitigate invasive insects
Mississauga plans to spend $1.6 million on an aerial spray program next spring to curb the expected increase of gypsy moths and cankerworms on both City and private property in specified areas.
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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to inform the BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance, and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment. The standard will focus on the commercial built environment and define tasks, frequencies, production expectations, goals and results. It will also look at processes to clean, maintain and restore the built environment.
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ICYMI: Urbanization turbocharging pesticide resistance
Canada’s growing cities are prompting pests like bed bugs, cockroaches and rodents to better adapt to urban environments and resist commonly used pesticides. Read More »

 
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