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New technology advances safety management
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Workplace accidents keep happening across Canada, with trades, transport, equipment operators and related industries recording the most deaths. In response, information technology is helping safety management in big ways. To simplify the process, rapid advances in cloud computing and data management technologies are helping to safeguard facilities that often manage multiple tasks. 
Canada enforces new regs for handling workplace asbestos
Canada enforced changes to occupational health and safety regulations on asbestos last week, stating that it was lowering the acceptable level of workplace exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos to as close to zero as possible.
Canada's Best Restroom finalists announced
Criteria for the 8th annual contest was based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. 
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Disaster Planning: Before, During and After
If you’ve read the headlines, you know the risks are real. From wildfires to raging floods, and corporate fraud to cyber attacks, there any number of ways disasters can take an organization offline. Recognizing these risks is important, but for companies to be truly prepared, they need to have plans in place to protect them before, during, and after an event.
 
Ontario invests in repairs, upgrades at 131 hospitals
Ontario is investing a total of $175 million through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) to provide repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals across the province this year.
ISO publishes third facility management standard for 2017
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published its third facility management standard in under half a year.

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Research unveils troubling facts about disinfectants
Research to be published in the August 2017 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), determined that three tested disinfectants were significantly less effective when over diluted or not reapplied as directed.
Sensor solutions optimize washroom maintenance
While facility management already leverages technology extensively in its operations, high-tech innovations aren’t yet being used fully in cleaning and washroom maintenance to help make processes smarter. 
loop_maintenance_banner.gif Memorial University upgrades facilities with energy savings
Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador signed an agreement with Honeywell to commence the second phase of an energy performance contract to save energy and reduce the university’s utility costs. A targeted $6 million of critical deferred maintenance will be addressed during this phase of the program, with upgrades to 45 facilities.
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ICYMI: Restoring power to electrical systems after a flood
As vulnerable communities across Canada experience bouts of flooding, facility owners and operators are being urged to understand the proper steps to restore power after a flood, and legal requirements when hiring contractors to do electrical work. Read More »

 
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