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Precarious work takes toll on hotel housekeepers
The moment Grace became a room attendant in a downtown Toronto hotel, she was happy to find steadier work after immigrating to Canada from the Philippines on a contract nanny job. But she soon became aware of the strenuous tasks her role as a housekeeper entailed: cleaning 16 rooms in an eight-hour shift and the pressure to maintain a high-quality level of cleanliness for every room, some untidy, others left in disarray. In the rush to balance work and family, her physical wellbeing became less important than completing hours of tedious and repetitive tasks, such as lifting heavy mattresses—the reason for one of her injuries.
Yukon first to require radon testing in child care centres
Yukon will soon be the first jurisdiction in Canada to make radon testing a licensing requirement for child care facilities and family day homes.
New protocol for cooling towers to prevent Legionellosis
Global public health organization NSF International has published a new protocol, which outlines proper maintenance and safety practices associated with evaporative cooling systems.
Bill 109 Proposes Strict Rules for Elevator Professionals
A new private members bill is gaining traction on Parliament Hill that, if passed, will hold elevator contractors more liable for the state of elevator repairs.
Copper surfaces in fitness centres reduce bacteria: study
Using copper-alloy materials in fitness centres significantly reduced concentrations of bacteria on all equipment types, according to a new study.
Fall inspections to curtail costly winter repairs
Fall is the ideal time to prepare facilities for winter, from roof to foundation. Here are three ways facility managers can protect their buildings and structures.  

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ISSA Canada forms alliance with Canadian Commercial Cleaning Association
ISSA Canada, a division of ISSA – the worldwide cleaning association, has formed a strategic alliance with the Canadian Commercial Cleaning Association.
Ontario raising awareness for workplace ergonomics
In an effort to raise awareness for musculoskeletal disorders and other ergonomic ailments during Global Ergonomics Month, Ontario workplace health and safety associations are hosting a variety of learning sessions, webinars and training events on the subject.
in_theLoop_banner_prof_services.jpg How buyer demands are changing in the JanSan industry
Business buyers are increasingly expecting to receive the same user-friendly, personalized omnichannel experiences from B2B organizations that they would get from consumers brands, and the JanSan industry is having to adapt to this change.
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ICYMI: Maintenance deemed a portal to innovation
Maintenance turned out to be a portal to innovation for one of Canada’s most prominent owners and managers of commercial real estate. That outcome wasn’t necessarily the driving objective when Oxford Properties Group introduced its 310-MAXX 24-hour tenant hotline in the 1990s, but both its instigator and inheritor retroactively tag it as a watershed in energy management, data analytics and building users’ expectations of service. Read More »

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