Category Archives: Healthy Buildings

Building Owners Required Safety Measures

Building owners need to understand new safety compliance requirements as OSHA shifts focus to enforcement.

OSHA includes building owner compliance requirements under a general duty clause.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 holds employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Building owners are liable for these policies as ANSI/IWCA I-14.

OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to:

  • Establish written operating procedures maintaining necessary health and safety requirements,
  • Select qualified personnel with special previous training for certain “designated” job assignments,
  • Ensure youth or inexperienced worker training to help reduce a higher rate of accidents and injuries,
  • Provide workplace health and safety training to employees at a certain vocabulary level or in language other than English,
  • Make available Injury and Illness Prevention Program and Safety Data Sheets binders to employees for all hazardous chemicals in their workplace,
  • Maintain citation and work-related injuries and illnesses records,
  • Post employees’ rights and responsibilities.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) also holds building owners responsible for ensuring that worker safety and public protection standards. Read more at CSG Safety Services WWS BLOG.

How to Develop a Facility Maintenance Program

A facility maintenance plan establishes the routine maintenance procedures for your facility.

As a facility manager, you can determine your preventative maintenance list and task schedule by outlining current processes and which staff members handle each task.

Determine the benefits of outsourcing your maintenance staff by comparing costs for in-house maintenance with a full service managed program.

A preventive maintenance plan includes:

  • the purpose of the maintenance policy,
  • general methods for developing a maintenance schedule,
  • inventory list,
  • who is responsible for ensuring inventory,
  • maintenance tasks that are regularly performed,
  • who is responsible for the general oversight of maintenance.

Develop a recordkeeping system including work orders, equipment procurement and staff training. You can hire a contractual maintenance professional to assist in the development of a recordkeeping procedure. A standard operating procedure (SOP) can define task items as routine, emergency, or preventive maintenance. Staff training on all preventive maintenance plans will prevent safety issues and saves costs as employees preform task more efficiently.

 

CSG for World-class Workplace Wellness

csgcares-globe-logo.jpgWHO is for a Healthy Workplace Model.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a healthy workplace as a place where “workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all workers.”

CSG understands that creating this environment requires hard work and a continuing willingness to make the small incremental improvements that signal a dedication to world-class healthy buildings.

WHO identifies these workplace components for focus:

  • Health and safety of the physical work environment
  • Health, safety and well-being in the work organization and workplace culture
  • Personal health resources in the workplace
  • Community participation in health improvement advocacy for workers & their families

The World Health Organization (WHO) offers Healthy Workplace guidelines and supports the Global Healthy Workplace Awards dedicated to the recognition of practices and programs in the global workplace. Read more here about the awards and winners.

Find more about CSG continuous improvement philosophy at www.csgcares.com, click on WHY CSG?

CSG supports The Healthy Workplace Project

CSG understands that Healthy Buildings are a healthy workplace. The Healthy Workplace Project wants every building to become a healthier place to work.

The Healthy Workplace Project wants to educate everyone about high-touch spots that need special attention for reducing absenteeism in the workplace this winter season and through the year.

As a ISSA CIMS certified Building Services Contractor, CSG employs best-practices procedures for properly cleaning high touch areas.

ISSA Assessor Colin Butterfield says that proper hand-washing is still the best way to reduce the spread of germs. CSG suggests posting signs to remind everyone in the building the best way to wash hands.

The Healthy Workplace Project group adds that thorough drying with paper towels can reduce germs by 77%. Use no-touch towel dispensers in break rooms and bathrooms as well.

Look at The Healthy Workplace Project “Germ Hot Spot” infographic for problems areas in your building or office.

Clean or sanitize for Seasonal Influenza?

While cleaning removes germs, dirt, and grime from surfaces, it doesn’t kill germs. Sanitize with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs on surfaces. Lowering the number of germs effectively can lower the risk of spreading infection.

CSG recommends using products & systems that are environmentally and health conscious. Send the message that you care about the health of your building occupants by working with CSG, a Green Clean janitorial provider.

Read these tips and more at CDC recommendations:

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and object that are touched often

3. Simply do routine cleaning and disinfecting

4. Clean and disinfect correctly

5. Use products safety

6. Handle waste properly

7. Do your research

CSG standard is to clean facilities for the health of its occupants, our employees and the protection of the environment for today and tomorrow.

The newer cleaning industry technologies and products allow us to clean effectively at a competitive cost as well as reduce health risks and improve the margin of safety for the people using the products and the building occupants. This also further reduces impact on the environment.