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The Rising Tide of Facility Maintenance Costs A Call for Optimization and Scheduler Planners by Glenn Hodge

What is ESG and why does a facility manager need to know about it by Ben Goudy, CFM

COVID-19 Material

Download the IFMA Foundation Pandemic Manual for free here

Manual Summary:
Businesses are hoping to re-open their doors to employees and customers, but their buildings must be safe before they can be occupied. The IFMA Foundation has published a new pandemic survival guide for companies planning to open their facilities and resume operations.
The manual was authored by Dr. Steven B. Goldman, an internationally recognized expert in Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Risk/Crisis Communications, Pandemic Preparation/Response, and Crisis Leadership. He is a Senior Lecturer of crisis courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

IFMA’s COVID-19 Resource Page

Access it here

Strategic Frame Work from IFMA’s Rapid Response Team download free here 2020_IFMA Strategic Framework

Project Plan Template for Re-entry to Facilities Post COVID-19 download free here Project Plan Template for Re-entry

Summary: This Excel download is a template developed as a supplement to IFMA’s Strategic Re-Entry Framework. It is intended to get you started as you plan for re-entering your facilities in response to quarantine and “stay-at-home” mandates being lifted. There is no “one size fits all” in facility management. As a result, this is not a comprehensive plan and is only intended to provide you with high-level, common functions as a reference to assist with your planning process.
As a generic document, all information will not apply. The format is designed to be flexible, allowing you to make the necessary changes to fit the needs of your situation. As feedback is received, this plan will be updated. ”


IFMA Knowledge Library

The Knowledge Library, which launched October 2015, is a digital content library that houses hundreds of facility management resources and provides users with more access to FM content than ever before.In addition to the previously provided articles, benchmarks, case studies, how-tos, presentations, research, videos and webinars, and whitepapers, IFMA will offer blog posts, how-to visual briefs (short how-to videos), podcasts, and scopes of work. All content is rigorously vetted by FM professionals to determine the value and relevancy to FMs and the industry. IFMA members can log into the library with their My IFMA account log in to access all the Knowledge Library content.

Here are a sample of content that can be accessed through the Knowledge Library:


The links below provide useful case study information and resources regarding Environmental, Safety, Regulator and Industry practices.  It is hoped that these links will be useful and add to your current reference library.  If you have suggestions for additional links, resources or white papers, please forward the information to Barbara Ritter.

Safety and Health Magazine

Occupational Health and Safety Online

American Society of Safety Engineers

EHS Journal

National Safety Council

National Fire Protection Association

Eye Smart – Preventing Eye Injuries

Global AED Programs

Dangers of Decentralized AED Programs

With over 600,000 deaths in the US each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), many safety-conscious organizations have implemented Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and AED Programs to combat this deadly epidemic.  These organizations should be commended, and have made the workplace safer for their employees.  However, many organizations have implemented these devices and programs in […]
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Start the New Year by Spreading Prevention Not Germs by Craig Stevenson

With the start of the new year, now is the time for facility managers to take preventative measures to help reduce the spread of office illness.  There is not telling what illnesses and germs may compromise the health and hygiene of your office building and employees this year.  For example, an estimated 60 million people in the U.S. fell in from H1N1 virus between April 2009 and January 2010. Read More

Bed Bug Response Plan

Background: Bed bugs are showing up in all types of buildngs throughout the United States including commerical buildings.  It is critically important to handle all occupant’s complaints about being bitten by something in the workplace tactfully and seriosuly.  The following protocal should be followed when responding to this type of facility issue: Read More



Employee Wellness


Work-Related Stress
Work-related stress is a growing problem around the world that affects not only the health and well-being of employees, but also the productivity of organizations.  Symptoms can include:

Physical – fatigue, headaches and sleeping difficulties
Psychological – depression, anxiety and irritability
Behavioral – increase in sick days, aggression and drop in work performance

Individuals can help themselves by thinking about changes they need to make at work in order to reduce stress levels and then take action.  Talk over your concerns with your supervisor.  Make sure you are well organized – prioritize your day with difficult tasks first thing in the morning.  Take care of yourself – eat healthy and exercise regularly.  Make time for yourself each week.  What helps you relax?  Is it bike riding, meditation or playing with your children?  Make a point to do what makes you happy.   If your day is non-stop with meetings and emails, take 15 minutes and take a long walk to clear your head.

The following is the link to the Arizona Environmental Information Association and they have their upcoming seminars listed (not all in Arizona).

Driving Safety



Distractions are not limited to talking on the phone while driving.  It also involves mental distractions – stresses at work or at home.  When you are thinking about your “To Do” list at home or at work or thinking about your plans for the weekend, you are taking your focus away for the work at hand.  When you are reading your emails or texting while walking, you are endangering yourself and others around you.  You are taking focus away from your surroundings which could result in an accident.

Mental distractions often lead to inattention. Whether you’re worrying, daydreaming, or chatting, mental distractions can be linked to not using safety precautions at work and at home.  Being distracted also leaves you vulnerable for being a victim of a crime.

If you don’t feel 100% focused on the task at hand, take a break, go for a walk and re-group.

While some factors in the workplace can play a role in causing distractions, the fact remains that more occupational hazards spring from unsafe acts than from unsafe conditions. In truth, much of the safety of employees lies in their hands. So think straight, follow safe procedures and you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself before each work day ends!


Fall Prevention