September 2022
Earlier this year, GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific helping to advance hygiene in healthcare and a wide range of other market segments, conducted proprietary research that found that just 39% of healthcare workers consistently comply with hand hygiene protocols primarily due to five common barriers. In response to those findings, GP PRO is releasing several recommendations to help infection preventionists influence and improve healthcare hand hygiene compliance.

According to the research (PDF) from November 2021, the five barriers healthcare workers face include 1) emergencies that require immediate attention; 2) a busy workload; 3) broken, malfunctioning or empty hand sanitizer dispensers; 4) full hands; and 5) difficulty during the glove-on / glove-off process — all of which are general inconveniences related to the nature of their jobs.

Healthcare workers often find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The very work they do combined with the physical location of sanitizer dispensers impedes their ability to quickly and easily sanitize their hands and comply with best practices.

Inspections are a critical component of the healthcare compliance process. Without a solid process for collecting and accessing facility data, your healthcare facility is at risk of not meeting standards and regulations. As a result, when inspection time comes, you’re scrambling to locate and present information to inspectors. 

AkitaBox's modern facility management tools keep all of your facility data in one place. You can more easily see potential risks before they emerge and confidently confirm your systems are in compliance. Learn 5 ways to win proactive healthcare facility management so you can always be prepared for the next impromptu inspection.
How confident are you that your facilities could pass an inspection today?
I’m confident we would pass with flying colors.
We’d have to do a little scrambling to find all the information.

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about designing for neurodiversity. And I’m wondering how it can be applied to healthcare environments.
I’m also wondering if designing for neurodiversity is something that many healthcare organizations care about.
Basically, neurodiversity is the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in different ways. According to medical experts, it’s often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities.

But neurodiversity can also include mental conditions, such as depression or dementia.
And I would argue that those of us who don’t have any of those conditions are also neurodiverse. Because no two people experience and interact with the world in the same way.

Dirty cooling towers in your HVAC system cause massive loss of efficiency but can also cause severe health issues for anyone within proximity. Studies have shown that microdroplets from cooling towers are known to travel up to 5 miles, which means that any visitor within that proximity could be exposed to dangerous bacteria. Cleaning towers of Legionella- breeding sludge is a smart, simple way to limit bacterial growth.

The Goodway CTV-1501 cooling tower vacuum allows for the quick removal of mud, silt, and debris from cooling tower basins, reducing the environment where bacteria like Legionella thrive. Learn more today about how Goodway cooling tower cleaning systems can help. 
Nearly three in five Americans (60%) report being concerned about the safety and security of loved ones in a hospital or medical facility (defined as “safety from physical harm, injury or danger caused by a person”), according to a March consumer survey from Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX).

With incidents of workplace violence in healthcare on the rise across the nation (see BLS Fact Sheet), the survey additionally reveals that approximately 70% of Americans believe that if nurses felt safer, they might not be leaving the profession in large numbers, and 88% say individuals in a hospital or medical facility should feel as safe there as they do in airports and/or on airplanes.

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

Fast reads . . .
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.

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 facilities managers 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.

Lab space across the 12 largest U.S. life sciences hubs made additional gains in the second quarter (Q2), including an increase in lease rates and a decrease in vacancy despite more construction activity and challenges in the broader economy, according to a new report from global commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE.

The average vacancy rate for U.S. life sciences space registered 5.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 5.3 percent a year earlier. Average asking rent in those 12 markets increased by 5.8 percent in Q2 from the first to $54.77 per sq. ft.

Meanwhile, developers have ramped up construction in anticipation of more demand, boosting in-process construction to 31.3 million sq. ft. in the Q2, a gain of 2 million sq. ft. from the first quarter total. Those gains came as other indicators in the life sciences sector lost momentum. Venture capital funding has slowed this year, and initial public offerings by life sciences companies have fallen off dramatically amid a broader economic downturn.

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.