It’s no secret that winter weather can wreak havoc on commercial buildings. Cold temperatures, snow, salt, and ice can cause a lot of wear and tear through the winter months. When the winter freeze starts to dissipate, facility managers and building maintenance teams often must hit the ground running, making necessary repairs, and preparing for Spring and Summer.
Few things can sour a day at the office like musty, polluted, or muggy air. The quality of the air we breathe both indoors and outdoors not only impacts our health, but also our mood, cognition, concentration, and productivity. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, where the air can be two to five times more polluted than the outside air.
As temperatures creep up, now is the ideal time to take steps to ensure your facility’s HVAC system runs reliably and efficiently through the summer. Much like a car, HVAC systems require regular maintenance. Scheduled tune-ups can dramatically reduce energy consumption and help you avoid costly repairs.
KEEP YOUR MIND IN THE GUTTER: 5 IMPORTANT WAYS TO AVOID COSTLY REPAIRS TO ROOFS AND THE STRUCTURES BENEATH
As the winter freeze starts to give way to warmer temperatures, there are two reasons to look skyward: your facility’s roof and gutters. These features often take the brunt of the onslaught of snow, rain, ice, and wind, causing costly damages or even compromising the integrity of the structure. With a little preemptive TLC, you can minimize or delay potentially pricey replacements and repairs. Our team of experts at Mooring has compiled a quick checklist for keeping your roof in tip-top shape through this season and beyond.
Despite often being viewed as the government agency that employers love to hate, OSHA offers numerous innovative and helpful programs. Compliance with OSHA standards for workplace health and safety offers many benefits, from insurance and workers’ compensation cost reductions to employee satisfaction and retention. Simply put, practicing workplace safety as a matter of priority is a competitive advantage in virtually any industry. Keep reading for a brief refresher in OSHA basics, as well as new pandemic-related regulations.
While most people support ADA legislation, staying in compliance is sometimes easier said than done. Navigating the maze of complex and ever-evolving federal regulations can be confusing and overwhelming. MOORING understands that sometimes good intentions and Google do not cut it. Learn more about regulations as they apply to your facility.
When construction and renovation projects are on the agenda, many organizations do not have the option of closing their doors for an extended period. They must stay operational out of financial necessity or the critical nature of their business. Whether at an office, healthcare center, retail space, or any other workplace, keeping both the occupants and construction workers safe must always be a top priority.
When breaking ground on a new facility, a great deal of thought is given to the design and construction. Architects, engineers, and contractors collaborate to ensure every facet of the project will comply with building code and safety regulations to reduce risk, liability, expense, and the headaches of noncompliance. However, the same typically cannot be said for older buildings. The code-defined threshold for safe buildings has evolved. And while previous designs may be grandfathered in, many simply are not up to snuff by today’s standards. It is in these circumstances that the legal liability related to code and safety regulations becomes far more complex.