As businesses reopen and employees return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now more important than ever to improve safety precautions and reduce liability by following health guidelines through the sanitization of common areas and equipment. BuildingReports' recent update to SafetyScan will allow facility management professionals to track and provide verifiable reporting on disinfection efforts.
While the virus has been shown to be predominately passed from person to person by close contact, it is possible to contract COVID-19 and other respiratory disease from an infected surface by touching the mouth, nose, or possibly eyes after contact. Some projections as to how long the virus can live on various porous and non-porous surfaces have been provided by authorities, research is still underway to provide better guidance.
The following blog post was provided by BuildingReports' Service Member, Performance Systems Integration. For more information or to contact them regarding inspection, testing and maintenance services in the Pacific Northwest, visit www.psintegrated.com.
As COVID-19 continues to change the world we live and work in, many businesses are forced to send their workers home. Therefore, some employers and building managers may feel that maintaining and complying with fire and life safety measures during the pandemic is unnecessary.
If you didn't get the memo, be advised that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated it's requirements for annual testing of fire and smoke doors in healthcare facilities. Here are the new requirements and guidance pulled directly from the memorandum that accredited agencies will be on the lookout for starting the first day of 2018:
Due to the recently issued requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), low-profile fire extinguishers are the only fire extinguishers which may be surface-mounted in the corridors of healthcare facilities while maintaining compliance with NFPA-101, Life Safety Code - 2012 edition. Otherwise, when surface-mounted, typical fire extinguishers that protrude more than 4-1/2” are not compliant.
BuildingReports, thanks to its massive network of independent inspection companies and facility users, has compiled the world's largest database of fire and life safety inspection reporting. But, with great success comes great responsibility. Often overlooked are the opportunities that arise with the advantages of big data. For those not familiar with the information technology term, big data refers to extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations.