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Schools face risk of cockroach infestations
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Reports of cockroach infestations have been circulating through high schools and elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). While the prevalence of cockroaches vary from location to location in Canada’s capital city, ten OCDSB schools and four OCSB schools have found pests on site and are currently using methods to eradicate them. Finding cockroaches in schools is not uncommon, and there are a few different ways these pests creep inside a facility. "All it takes is one female with an egg case to start a population," says Dr. Alice Sinia, Entomologist/Quality Assurance Manager—Regulatory/Lab Services for Orkin Canada. 
Support staff in Windsor, Ont. schools vote to strike
Support staff at the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, including custodians and maintenance workers, voted to support a strike. This puts 370 workers in a legal strike position as of Monday, October 17. 
Crime scene remediation standard up for review 
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) new draft BSR-IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Remediation, is open for public review from October 7 to November 21. 
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Six Energy Audit Tips for Facility Managers
As utility costs continue to climb, it’s no surprise that building managers in both new and old buildings are experiencing increasing pressure from their tenants to take advantage of cost savings opportunities and to demonstrate that they have achieved the savings. All too often, building managers focus their efforts in areas where minimal energy reduction and financial savings are available; however, an energy audit will provide a big picture of where the major energy saving opportunities lie.
 
Report reveals what building services "dark stores"prefer
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) has released its latest Benchmarking Snapshot, “Dark Stores: Prevalence & Management,” which highlights retailers with non-operating stores, also known as “dark stores.” 
Ontario participates in Global Ergonomics Month
Ontario will be participating in several activities during Global Ergonomics Month in October to prevent workplace hazards that could lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). 

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Breakthrough technology eases risk management
The recent Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas in Toronto outlined technologies that can boost the certainty of electricity supply, passively support comfortable indoor environments and eliminate potential points of failure in systems operation. 
Tips for communicating facility cleaning issues
Facility cleaning issues can often cause dysfunction between FM's and contractors. Here are ways to communicate problems and create a symbiotic workplace. 
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Facility managers should not rely on age or warning signs as possible indications of problems, or as catalysts to call in an inspector. There are many significant issues that would not be visible to facility staff, but would be noted by a professional.
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Lighting the path to improved pest management
How to select products and position fixtures to prevent flying insects from invading interiors.
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