Groundskeeping - May 2013

NFPA sprinkler system maintenance standard gets a revamp for 2014 edition

Significant revisions to standard NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, have been put into place for the 2014 edition.


Experts shed light on best practices for LED lighting applications

The challenge for maintenance and engineering managers is making sense of new LED products and their manufacturers, and then specifying the most appropriate products for particular facility applications.


NFPA, OSHA work to reduce confusion over hazard labeling

Hazardous materials labeling guidelines recently adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have the potential to cause confusion and expose individuals to harm through misunderstanding of hazard levels, according to NFPA.


Expert offers tips for choosing electronic key management systems

The challenge of key management lies in balancing the daily operational needs of your facility while still maintaining control of who has what keys, when they have them, what they can access and when they are returned.


Changes in paints, coatings offer opportunities for facility managers

New regulations and advancements in paints and coatings can offer managers the opportunity to revisit their planning processes and implement cost-saving tactics that produce longer-lasting, better-looking applications.


Study finds bacteria on hospital towels can survive laundering

Viable bacteria on hospital towels used for cleaning patient rooms can survive the laundering process, according to study.


ASHRAE expands its building energy labeling program

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) building energy labeling program has expanded to include an As Designed label in addition to its current In Operation label.


Hospitals must carefully site and protect emergency power supply systems

Hardening emergency power supply systems against all the likely threats they might face is imperative in safeguarding power to critical facilities such as hospitals.


Patient participation in gardening at hospitals can improve health outcomes

A significant healing effect can be achieved by giving patients access to a gardening space, whether as simple as a container garden or a much more involved garden plan.


Training offered on efficient lighting in facilities for energy savings

The Energy Center of Wisconsin will offer the program, "Efficient facility lighting for energy savings and productivity," June 4 and 5.


Free education program offered on energy efficiency in healthcare facilities

The Energy Center of Wisconsin will offer a free program specifically discussing energy efficiency in healthcare facilities June 27 in Madison, Wis.


Submission deadline extended for facility management awards

Maintenance Solutions magazine Achievement Awards honor the accomplishments of facility management professionals in the areas of maintenance, engineering and grounds management.


"HazCom for Healthcare" training DVD explains new OSHA standard

DuPont offers a training DVD to help employees in healthcare facilities better understand the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication standard.


Healthy Facilities, Floor Safety institutes partner to prevent slips and falls

The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) has formed an educational partnership with the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) to help promote national standards for floor care related to floor safety.


New tools aid hospital environmental services in infection prevention

More cleaning product manufacturers are increasing their offerings of training and monitoring services to help hospital EVS teams meet the demands related to HAIs.


Free webinar to discuss energy benchmarking in healthcare facilities

Healthcare Facilities Today will host the free webinar "Healthcare Facility Benchmarking: How to Get Started" at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 21.


Emergency department layouts may require changes to meet new standards

New standards from the Joint Commission will require hospitals to enhance patient flow through the emergency department by January 2014.


Healthcare Smart Water Leadership Summit to be accessible via streaming

The Healthcare Smart Water Leadership Summit, to be held June 6 - 7 in Chicago, will now also be available via live streaming for those unable to attend in person.


ASHRAE systems manual guideline open for public comment

ASHRAE guideline on how to create a facility systems manual is open for public comment through June 2, 2013.


Healthcare can learn from Harvard's efforts to cut foodservice energy costs

The healthcare foodservice sector can learn some valuable lessons from an energy reduction initiative at Harvard University.


Healthcare can learn from Harvard's efforts to cut foodservice energy costs

The healthcare foodservice sector can learn some valuable lessons from an energy reduction initiative at Harvard University.


Healthier Hospitals Initiative to host info session on its challenge programs

A sharing call, titled "What is the Right HHI Challenge for Your Facility?" will be held May 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern to review each of the HHI challenges, data submission requirements and other details.


Wireless access technology uniquely benefits long-term care facilities

Replacing physical keys with wireless access-control systems in long-term care facilities has many benefits for both residents and care providers.


Perception of hospital cleanliness can impact patient satisfaction

Cleanliness delivered by a pleasant environmental services staff can help promote satisfaction among consumers and distinguish a hospital from its competition.


Hospitals pledge to serve healthier, more sustainable foods

Hospitals nationwide are making strides to serve healthier, more sustainable foods — with a sometimes unexpected benefit to the bottom line.



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