Facilities Management

  • Laura; The city and county released a coordinated lockdown plan that made "construction" an exempt activity, so it can still happen. We have asked our construction projects for their plans to mitigate community transmission, and we are ...

  • There's this from Washington State: https://www.lni.wa.gov/forms-publications/F414-162-000.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery Sent from my iPhone ------Original Message------ Do any of you have guidelines or ...

  • Do any of you have guidelines or SOP developed on how to comply with CDC guidelines on an active construction site?  How do you encourage or enforce social distancing?  Disinfecting surfaces?  What PPE is required?  What training are you providing?  OR ...

  • Afternoon all, We're working with our Utilities folks to upgrade the fall protection systems in our boiler and chiller plants (two buildings, roughly 1950 and 1970 construction dates). Can anyone point me to a good example of installed fall protection ...

  • Our university has offered this option for years. I don't believe we are changing anything in the policy in response to COVID-19. If I can find where this policy is kept on our website, I will forward it to you. Stay separated and healthy, ...

  • With much uncertainty in many aspects regarding COVID-19, one notion we are considering is the creation of a shared leave pool where faculty and staff can donate banked sick leave hours to help others.  If anyone else is considering or have already implemented, ...

  • All, We are in the final stages of constructing a new R-2 dormitory to be opened this Fall on our campus. One item that was raised was the evacuation diagram from each sleeping space as required by the IFC. A couple of questions on this: If you currently ...

  • Markus, Will the webinar be recorded? I'm interested but have a conflict. Anna -- Anna Sitek, CSP, CCHO Research Safety Professional- College of Science & Engineering Department of Environmental Health and Safety University of Minnesota- ...

  • ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 Town Hall Meeting Webinar organized by APPA. If you are interested in the ISEA standard revision process for please register and join Samuella, Mary Beth and I in discussion. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7611838040393145101 ...

  • This would be a great question for the Fire and Life Safety Community of Practice. Might you cross post it there? John ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio San Antonio TX 210-458-4420 ...

  • Good Morning All!  We are an IFC state, and curious to see what others are doing in the R-2 and dormitories with regards to the below section of the IFC. (Section 808.2) Image is from the 2018 edition, but it appears unchanged in the 2012 edition. This ...

  • Idaho State University has an opening for a Hazardous Waste Specialist.  Please share with those that may be interested.  https://isu.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1015&site=1 ------------------------------ Jennifer Parrott Environmental ...

  • That was an awesome reply John! Do you maintain pools in your spare time there? And can you come out to my home, please? All my best, Jon Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed., CIH, CSP, CHMM, CET Director of Strategic Change in Safety ...

  • Anna; In my experience, there is one sanitizing chemical (usually a base) with a "shock" option (usually powdered calcium hypochlorite) and one pH control chemical (usually an acid), with a "shock" option (usually 12M hydrochloric acid). ...

  • We use calcium hypochlorite briquettes for killing microbes, and hydrochloric acid for pH adjustment.  We don't have an indoor pool.  The system is automated so I don't suspect there are any issues during tournaments or other high demand times. ------------------------------ ...

  • John, Thanks for bringing up the disinfecting means. I'm interested in comparing what everyone is using. John mentioned liquid bleach, tablets, ozone, or UV. Do any schools with indoor pools use bromine? Do most schools use a combination ...

  • Hi John, Thank you for your response!  You make a great point about UL listing, and why we should consider installing a local only alarm.  The HCL is in liquid form in a 200 gallon double-walled container.  Our fire marshall said that, per code, we ...

  • Teresa; Is the HCl stored as a liquid (HCl mixed into water) or a gas (HCl in a cylinder)? The latter is far, far more dangerous than the former. Concentrated HCl solutions do allow fugitive emissions of HCl gas, but closed containers, or ...

  • RE: Inspection Scanners

    Hi Megan, We have the MSS Software bar coding system.  I purchased about 2 years ago for our monthly fire extinguisher, exit sign, and emergency lighting inspections.  There are definitely likes and dislikes, and it is not a very modern system.  We got ...

  • We are planning to upgrade our swimming pool filtration room, where we store hydrochloric acid for chemical treatment of the pool.  The HCl is  VERY  corrosive, and creates  hydrogen chloride gas  when spilled.  Do any of your swimming pool filtration ...

  • RE: Pool safety

    In terms of chemicals, we use muriatic acid (aka- hydrochloric acid) and calcium hypochlorite briquettes.  They are stored in a filtration room where the water is treated and pumped into the swimming pool.  The hydrochloric acid is extremely corrosive ...

  • Pool safety

    What treatment processes are schools with competition size pools and diving wells are using?  ------------------------------ Anna Sitek Research Safety Professional University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis MN ----------------------------- ...

  • Here is an update on the apparent standard revision proceedings of ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment - 2014. For an ANSI standard to stay active, the standard sponsor has to take some action within the five year period after publication.  ...

  • Hello my intrepid safety peers!    A fresh 7" of snow yesterday reminded me that I've not yet completed our snow plow operators safety training program. Do any of you use an online product as part of your program? Any tips or tricks you can suggest?  ...

  • RE: Steam Vault Inquiry

    Chris, We do not notify the fire department every time, but we do consider them to be our primary means of rescue. They were very confident in their abilities and depth of staffing to handle any incidents when I originally discussed it with them...but ...

  • RE: Steam Vault Inquiry

    Hi Matt, Thanks for detailing your rescue procedures. Do you notify the fire department every time there is a confined space entry, and are they considered your primary means of rescue when not using non-entry rescue equipment? Our Risk Management ...

  • RE: Steam Vault Inquiry

    We also had some of the same challenges Trey described, but ended up including everything in the steam tunnel as confined space with the exception of one "room" that you access via normal stairs (and if you leave that "room" you enter confined space since ...

  • While I am generally a fan of applying FCT to positions pre-employment and post offer, it gets difficult in a hurry. Would the functional capacity testing apply after personal injuries or on-the-job accidents, and would it apply as people age? ...

  • We have considered pre-employment physicals for higher risk jobs such as custodians ad groundskeepers, but anticipate much resistance since both job classifications are unionized. Has anyone managed to negotiate this requirement successfully into a Union ...

  • Does anyone have suggestions for changing lights over stairwells? Pros and cons for the Little Giant stair ladder? Thanks, Karen -- Karen Barnack (she, her, hers) Facilities & Construction Safety Manager Environmental Health & Safety ...

  • Brandon, We only do post-offer physicals for our custodial department. We have considered requiring this of other facilities departments, but have taken no action. Lori Welch EHS Coordinator Risk & Safety Dept. Dempsey, ...

  • Brandon, This has been something that has been heavy on my heart. We do not currently have anything but my hope is to develop some type of wellness program specifically for facilities where we can hopefully coach our guys to become more physically active. ...

  • ​We have been struggling with this.  We have not been able to be proactive with it, but we have had to ask for second opinions when someone comes back to work as we have had several instances where they were unable to do the job safely.  We have a policy ...

  • CoP,  As we embark on an aging workforce, I was curious to what types of physical requirements some of you may require of your facilities and maintenance personnel.  In addition to what is listed in job descriptions upon hire, do any of you require: ...

  • Hi Trey, Thank you for the detailed response. How are you addressing the rescue requirements for when personnel need to enter the permit-required confined space tunnels?  Thanks, Chris ------------------------------ Chris Yohe Environmental and Occupational ...

  • Beth, We would require employees who are replacing ballasts to receive lockout/hazardous energy control training as presumably, they are disconnecting wires. However, at one point our facilities group was experimenting with replacing wire nut connections ...

  • Ballast Replacement

    Good morning! I had a general maintenance staff member ask about training for replacing ballasts. Do general maintenance staff at your schools replace bad light ballasts?  Do you provide training? Beth ------------------------------ Beth Welmaker Director ...

  • Chris,  Our Energy and Utilities Group has a robust safety system in place for our steam tunnels that they, and our office, have developed over the last five years or so.  We have an accountability process that mandates all who enter a tunnel place their ...

  • Hi Jake, I'm also attached to the Facilities Management division of my University. I just retired after 30 years of municipal fire service with the last 15 serving as Fire Marshal and Fire Chief. Similarly, I have one vendor on campus that handles all ...

  • Good Afternoon All! I am currently looking for some comparison to see what other institutions do in terms of the management structure of their fire and life safety organization. Particularly with the role and the determination of who is the AHJ and how ...

  • Hi Bill,  Thanks for sharing. Here is the OSHA inspection on that incident -  https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=1345599.015 . ------------------------------ Chris Yohe Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Specialist ...

  • While this link doesn't provide assistance, it does instill a sense of urgency. This happened at UNI, but it could have been most any university campus. https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/university-of-northern-iowa-worker-dies-steam-tunnel-accident-monday-rialto-dining-facility-20180910 ...

  • Hi Trey, Thank you for the reply. We would certainly be interested in learning how you handle isolating and de-energize steam and other utilities with hazardous energies inside your tunnels. To provide a little more background here at Northwestern, we ...

  • Gwen,  I see this response finds you 20 days after the submission.  I was not receiving notifications that there was a question posted.  Were you able to get this resolved?  If not, I would be happy to help.  We have about 6 miles of tunnels ourselves ...

  • Steam Vault Inquiry

    Good Afternoon CSHEMA Colleagues, Northwestern has over 5 miles of underground steam lines and over 40 steam vaults on our Evanston campus.  How do you handle isolating or de-engergizing steam lines and confined space entry when contractors or maintenance ...

  • We use iPod Touch devices with a small barcode reader that connects via bluetooth (or similar) currently the Unitech Companion MS912. As we have slowly upgraded them over time, they have gotten more and more useful, and now can connect to ...

  • Inspection Scanners

    We are looking into using a bar code scanner to aid us with our inspection of our spill kits and other equipment throughout campus.  We just need something basic that scans a bar code and allows us to enter the status of the item we scanned at the point ...

  • Member Needs Survey

    Facilities Management CoP, As a member of the Board of Trustees and fellow colleague very involved in the Facilities area, I want to personally invite each of you to complete our Member Needs Assessment survey ( Click Here ).  This survey is designed ...

  • RE: ice cleats

    We, too, have considered them for wider distribution.  We have had a few folks beta test them and the feedback was that they worked well in terms of traction but it was a bit of a hassle for those that go from outdoors to indoors a lot as they would have ...

  • ice cleats

    I'm curious about the efficacy of the numerous ice cleats I see on the market. I've not seen a lot of data about how well they work. Do any of you use these for your employees who work outside, or regularly traverse outside, during the snowy, icy winter ...