FMLink Weekly News Digest I September 7, 2022
While the rapid distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been essential to save lives during the Covid-19 response, PPE waste is also creating major environmental issues. To raise awareness of this problem and how to tackle it, Safetec Direct in the U.K. has created a comprehensive guide to properly manage PPE that should be of interest to facilities managers (FMs) in all industries, especially those in healthcare facilities.

  • Short-term and long-term effects of PPE damage on the environment
  • Wider plastic waste and the pandemic
  • How to safely dispose of PPE used during Covid-19
  • What types of PPE can be recycled
  • Advice for reducing the amount of PPE wastage

On this episode of the FM Evolution podcast, hosts Shawn Black of CGP Maintenance & Construction Services and Randy Olson of the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) were joined by Eileen McMorrow, founder of The McMorrow Reports Facility Management & Design Insights and editor-in-chief of FMLink to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the “Great Resignation” on the FM industry, and the importance of professional training for staff retention.

One of the biggest questions asked in the past two surveys is if there was a “Great Resignation” in facilities management. What these reports found was that 66% of FM managers and staff had left or were considering leaving. However, they also found that the top three ways that organizations can retain FM professionals are through increased compensation benefits, opportunities for professional development and training, and offering opportunities for internal advancement. Furthermore, 54% of FM leaders say that they have open FM-related positions due to staff retirements.

Paul Head, the director of PH Advisory, discusses how the pandemic caused institutional and commercial facilities to change the way workspaces are designed to adapt to hybrid work schedules.

(Originally published on fnPrime) When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020, some office spaces in the institutional and commercial facilities space were already in the process of changing the workplace. Many businesses were adapting to a hybrid approach to office workers, a mix of work-from-home and office work designed to give employees more flexibility and serve as a recruiting tool for potential new hires.

Then the pandemic struck, sending nearly all non-essential workers across the country home for an undetermined amount of time. Now, two years later, while many workers have found their way back to offices, some will never return and others are back on a hybrid basis. And the workspace continues to change.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) has just recognized 18 organizations for leading the adoption of advanced lighting controls and integration of lighting with other building systems. This campaign is part of the Better Buildings Initiative and worked with these partners, as well as 20 recognized last year, to demonstrate that integrated lighting systems are enabling deeper energy savings in buildings and creating an enhanced user and occupant experience.

Recognized Participants
  • Association of General Contractors (AGC), Seattle, WA: This office building replaced legacy lighting with LED lighting, nearly all LLLC, gaining 474,000 kWh annual savings from reduction in fixtures, high-end trim, more efficient luminaires / use of controls.

Facility managers will be walking the line when they reach Nashville to attend World Workplace® 2022, September 28-30. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has chosen “Take Center Stage” as the conference theme in recognition of the changing role of FMs in the workplace arena. “As the curtain lifts on FM’s shift from purely operational to indispensably strategic, there’s no business like know business,” says IFMA. “Get your act together  this year’s marquee FM event in Music City Center will prepare you to take center stage in making the spaces you manage your tour de force.”

World Workplace is the largest facility management conference in the world, offering discussions and sessions on FM and the wider built environment since 1995. World Workplace offers sessions in tracks, introducing “Emerging Topics” that consist of new or evolving business functions, external influences, or mandates that have a high probability of impacting the FM profession in terms of roles, responsibilities, and skills and knowledge requirements. The other tracks are FM Solutions; Finance & Business; Leadership & Strategy; Operations & Maintenance; Project Management; Risk Management; Facility Information Management & Technology Management; Occupancy & Human Factors; Performance & Human Factors. Sustainability; and Workplace Evolutionaries.

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA (the worldwide cleaning industry association), has just announced that Poppy’s Biosafety Intelligence System and Epistemix’s Infection Risk Forecasting Dashboard have achieved the GBAC STAR Registered Technology & Programs designation. These offerings were assessed by the GBAC Advisory Council Scientific Board for scientific validity, usability, practicality, safety and efficacy.

Poppy’s Biosafety Intelligence System provides facilities with continuous, measurable insights needed to create infection-resistant buildings. Its diffusers release barcoded particles to safely scan and trace the paths that airborne pathogens would take if they were present. The system continuously monitors and detects these particles, as well as any microbes present, to deliver detailed insights on environmental system performance, cost savings and actions to increase safety.

Education sessions and Product Zones are the most important reason to attend NFMT Remix in Las Vegas, November 2-3. For Pro and Elite attendees, there are 60-minute sessions focused on foundational principals of Facilities Management. The key trends of technology, safety and sustainability tend to be cross-functional and have a major impact on overall facilities strategies. These sessions are geared as more introductory sessions. Think Tanks, for Elite attendees, are 60-minute informal discussions focused around either a specific building type or trend. This will allow you to network with your peers in a small group environment. Attendees can pull up a chair and ask your questions to like-minded FMs from around the country. Each roundtable will have an official moderator to help guide the conversation.

Concurrent Sessions run on Wednesday and Thursday, while Product Zone Sessions are featured during the Expo hours, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Women in FM panel and a reception conclude Wednesday’s activities.

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