June 2023
May was National Nurses Month, an important observance to acknowledge nurses’ significant impact on health care. Every day, nurses across the country make an invaluable difference in the lives of their patients and the communities they serve. CDC's Project Firstline recognizes nurses’ ongoing sacrifices and contributions and strives to support them by providing the critical infection control education and training they need to safely perform their jobs.

For National Nurses Month, Project Firstline spoke with two of its infection preventionist subject matter experts, Shay Drummond and Janet Glowicz, on how nurses use infection control during their daily work to stop the spread of germs and protect patients and themselves from infections.
  1. Recognizing infection risks
  2. Cleaning their hands
  3. Using appropriate PPE
  4. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  5. Placing patients in the right rooms

Providing an accommodating level of comfort,  Kwalu’s Casale Modular Collection easily adapts to your space. Multiple configurations are achieved by combining the lounge chairs, love seats and corner wedge units in the collection, either freestanding or connected, with or without backs.

The Casale bench and wedge chairs are available with solid-surface tops. Other optional features include floating arms and black or white power modules on selected units.
Sixty-six percent of facility professionals identify staffing and retention as a top challenge for 2023, while 54% of FM managers and staff have left or have considered leaving their job in the past year. 

These results from the Facility Management (FM) Training Outlook Survey indicate the top challenges facing facility professionals today and how organizations can improve retention and overcome staffing pressures.
The top 3 ways for organizations to retain facility professionals are to provide:
  1. Better work-life balance.
  2. Opportunities for professional development.
  3. Increased compensation or benefits

Trojan's VRLA battery delivers consistent, unrivaled high output and up to 3x the cycle life of standard AGM, especially in extreme deep cycle (up to 100% DoD), partial charging, or challenging environments. Available in 6-, 8- and 12-volt models, the battery delivers these benefits:

  • LASTS LONGER: Up to 3x more cycle life than standard AGM. Validated at 1,200 cycles at 100% DoD vs 400 cycles for AGM. 
  • PERFORMS IN HARSH CONDITIONS: Robust performance in extreme temperatures and conditions. Temperature range is -40o F to 160o F (-40o C to 71oC)
  • DELIVERS HARMLESS PSoC: Tested to withstand long-term partial state of charging, again and again.
  • MAINTENANCE FREE: Virtually no maintenance, as watering is not required.
  • SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE: Classified as non-spillable and can be safely mounted horizontally. It’s made using 80% recycled materials and is 99% recyclable.
  • RUGGED DESIGN: Designed and manufactured to absorb vibration and shock.
  • WARRANTY: This VRLA battery is backed by a three-year warranty.
  • AGM CHARGER: Charge with existing AGM charger and profiles.

The product accelerates productivity in floorcare machines, golf/utility vehicles, access and material handling equipment, and renewable energy. 

Learn more about Trojan’s AES or find your locaAuthorized Trojan Dealer.
by Eileen McMorrow, Director, The Best of NeoCon Commercial interiors event NeoCon has announced the winners of the 33rd annual Best of NeoCon Awards. This year’s competition ranked among one of the best years for the Best of NeoCon in terms of variety and depth of products, and there have been 32 previous competitions! The highly esteemed program recognizes products from industry-leading companies that demonstrate unparalleled innovation and ​design-forward thinking. Selected by a distinguished jury of facility managers, architects, designers, specifiers, enterprise clients and top business media, each of the entries was evaluated on-site in the days leading up to the show.

Among the winners in the Healthcare categories, Shaw Contract’s Dappled Light (above) wins the Silver and Sustainability Awards for Healthcare Flooring. Dappled Light is created with bio-based, renewable resources using rapeseed, canola and castor oil. This PVC-free resilient flooring provides a list of performance attributes including improved stain resistance versus traditional resilient floor and is also hand sanitizer, bleach and peroxide friendly, and is a true no-wax product.​ In addition, it is optimized for low embodied carbon, and is carbon neutral.

Let’s be honest. There are tons of facility management companies out there. And for the most part, they all can provide the same things. Professional cleaning, maintenance, software, oversight, the list goes on and on.
Choosing the right one for your building sites and company shouldn’t come down to you simply going with your gut. You need to choose the one that’s right for you, says facilities services provider OpenWorks.

And that means you need to take into consideration different factors. Obviously, the cost of services is one of them. But you also want to look at their customer service history, the experience and qualifications of their employees, the overall quality of their products, and any additional services or features they offer that may set them apart from the competition. You’ll also want to examine what each FM company is good at. Every company has a specific reason for how their company is structured. And when your job is to cut through the sales pitches and ultimately decipher what is best for your company, things can get a bit confusing. We’re here to help.

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Devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes and financial success of healthcare facilities, both now and into the future, Healthcare Design Conference + Expo highlights best practices and top healthcare design products. Attendees have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, network with peers, discuss best practices, view innovative design products, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.

Learn about the latest research and strategies in healthcare design, and discover innovative products that support the thoughtful design of hospital and clinic environments. Leave with new connections and new ideas for current and future projects, and earn AIA, IDCEC, EDAC, and nursing LUs to meet your continuing education goals. Learn more about attending >>

The Book of the Week from FMLink's new Books section hails from the ADA and Accessibility category. This collection of peer-reviewed books has been curated by the editorial team at FMLink to provide facilities, engineering and A&D professionals with access to publications relating to the ADA and Accessibility topic.

Architects, interior designers, engineers, facility managers, and related building professionals will find The ADA Companion Guide to be a handy guide to the latest Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). These guidelines have been revamped to offer more cohesive architectural guidance that improves the accessible design of buildings for individuals with special needs. Learn what the essentials of these revised guidelines are with this handy reference — what has changed, what hasn't, how to apply the guidelines, and what effect they will have on both the public and private sectors.

According to new mental health statistics, during 2020, 58% of workers in the U.K. experienced some kind of work-related stress, while 63% were experiencing moderate levels of anxiety. Health experts have warned that if these mental health issues are left untreated, it can impact our day-to-day lives, including the ability to do our jobs.

That’s why the team of mental health experts at Delamere has shared five ways to open up the conversation about mental health with your employer, listed below and in the company's 2023 Wellness & Quality of Life Report:
  1. Find the right time and place to talk
  2. Plan what you are going to say ahead of your meeting
  3. Decide who to speak to
  4. Consider that your boss may be more receptive than you think
  5. Focus on your productivity and ability to work

by Sara Marberry — By the middle of this century, living to the age of 100 is going to be the norm. Like Sister Mary Jean (shown here), who became something of a folk hero as the chaplain for the Loyola Chicago men’s basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four in 2016. She’s now 103. And she just published a book. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I want to live to be 100. Especially if I’m not in good health.

Meeting the challenges longevity creates
Whether I’m still around or not in 37 years, meeting the challenges that longevity creates is something our society is going to have to deal with. Because we’re not very good at it right now.
Our current social institutions, norms, and policies evolved when people were only living half as long. The good news is that some very smart researchers at the Stanford Center for Longevity have come up with a New Map of Life for 100 years to thrive.

Western Specialty Contractors – Peoria, IL, Branch was part of the team that painstakingly transformed a seven-story historic building in downtown Peoria, IL into OSF HealthCare’s new Ministry Headquarters. Western replaced the building’s old roof with a low-maintenance green roof garden system designed to alleviate stormwater runoff, extend the life of the roof, and add aesthetic value. The new roof also features IPE wood patio pavers.

The building for OSF HealthCare’s Ministry HQ was originally constructed in 1904 for the Schipper & Block department store, which later became Block & Kuhl. Most recently owned by Caterpillar, the building along with the Peoria Professional Building and a parking lot were donated to OSF HealthCare in 2018. It had been slated for demolition and was in various stages of disrepair. The building’s $150 million, four-year restoration, with two years occurring during the global pandemic, was completed in January 2021 and consolidates 500 OSF HealthCare employees sharing 275,000 square feet of historically restored space.