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New AODA requirements underscore maintenance
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With 2017 underway, Ontario-based companies must now enact specific requirements to ensure accessibility for employees and customers. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) previously rolled out a number of policies under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), and many facilities have yet to comply. But as of January 1, certain organizations must implement another round of requirements related to public spaces, public information and employment practices. 
WHO identifies 12 most dangerous bacteria
The World Health Organization (WHO) published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” identifying 12 bacterial threats and grouping them by priority: high, critical and medium.
Mobile app finds solutions for indoor air quality issues
The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers has collaborated with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety  to develop a mobile app that helps individuals find solutions to indoor air quality problems in their workplace.  
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Putting Safety First
When a retail facility or an industrial factory closes as a result of a flood or fire, typically the first question asked by management is, “How quickly will we be back up in business?” But, when that facility happens to be an institution responsible for housing hundreds of elementary students, nothing matters more than keeping kids and staff safe. 
 
Five high-touch areas in schools and sanitation tips
Cleaning and maintaining schools involves a careful look at several high-touch areas prone to germs. Here's a list of hot spots including sanitation tips to support the overall health of this type of facility.  
Green Squared recommended for federal purchasing
The Tile Council of North America has announced that Green Squared, the first multi-attribute sustainability standard developed for tiles and tile installation material, has been added to the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing.

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York University to upgrade facilities, systems
York University is investing in building and systems upgrades that are expected to improve research and experiential learning opportunities for students.
United Services Group: An Honest Living
This year, United Services Group, a single-source janitorial and facility services provider, celebrates four decades in business with its dedicated team of more than 3,500 employees, and long-time partners and clients.
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Ontario is launching a new waste-free strategy with 15 concrete actions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. These include requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging, including small appliances, electrical tools, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and carpets.
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ICYMI: Network innovation delivers smarter buildings
Global technology trends, such as the desire for mobility and the use of apps for personal control, have pushed a new network innovation to market, one that is expected to improve building efficiency, reduce energy costs and create a better working experience for maintenance and cleaning staff, along with other facility occupants.
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