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Facilities Maintenance, Safety and Surviving the Snow

7 Ways Snow Melting Mats Can Help Facility Managers

1. Protect your company from slip and fall lawsuits Heated snow melting mats could help you eliminate or significantly reduce liabilities associated with slip and fall accidents. These portable mats are designed to lie on top of existing surfaces. They keep surfaces constantly clear and safe as the system works...

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3 Facility Maintenance Mistakes You Probably Don't Know You're Making

Building maintenance usually falls in the hands of managers at the top of the chain. Mistakes can be made by the newest operations manager or a veteran in the industry. Managers are often tasked with creating and enforcing policies and procedures. These can actually get in the way of things...

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The Importance of Disaster Training: How to Handle the Unexpected

We all wish we could live in a world where disasters do not exist, but the reality is that a wide range of different types of disasters can strike at anytime, endangering the safety of your building's occupants and causing damage to the building itself. "Disaster training" can help prepare...

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Winter Paperwork: Snow Removal Contracts, Recordkeeping, & Insurance

Hiring a snow removal contractor is an expensive undertaking and there are several variables you must consider to ensure that your surfaces are plowed properly and safely. Prior to choosing a snow removal contractor, familiarize yourself with the basic elements of these agreements. The National Association of Landscape Professionals provides contract templates and...

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3 Ways to Attain Maximum Energy Efficiency This Winter

Maximizing your facility's energy efficiency this winter should involve a multiple-front approach, covering such things as upgrading your insulation, locating and eliminating air leaks, and installing more energy-efficient doors and windows. Besides these aspects, however, there are three other ways to reduce the amount of energy your facility requires to run...

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How To Train and Educate Your Team For Quick & Efficient Snow Removal

Although most facility managers know well how to handle snow and ice removal tasks themselves, the responsibility of passing that knowledge on to others might not always come naturally. And yet, without a robust training and education program, it will be impossible to teach new recruits best practices. The alternative,...

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Developing an Eco-Friendly Solution to Snow and Ice Management

Keeping walkways and parking lots safe for pedestrians during inclement weather is a challenge for every facility. Many organizations tackle snow and ice management by hiring professional snow removal companies. These contractors usually combine the use of plows with chemicals designed to assist in melting snow and ice, or to...

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Liability and Snow Removal Contractors: 3 Pitfalls to Avoid

Facility managers know the importance of keeping walkways and parking lots safe for pedestrians during inclement weather. Many organizations choose to contract with professional snow removers. There are hidden costs, however, that can make this an expensive undertaking, some of which won’t come to light until a pedestrian falls on...

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Charles Glossop on Pre-treatment and Brine for Snow and Ice Management

In this interview with Charles Glossop, owner and general manager of Hantho Farms, a snow removal and landscaping company in Rockford, Minnesota, we'll learn all about pre-treatment and the use of brine as an integral part of a snow and ice management plan. Thank you, Charles, for sharing your thoughts with...

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Building a Sustainable Plan for Handling Snow Removal

The average person thinks of snow removal as an occasional problem dealt with using a shovel or maybe a snow plow. However, every facility manager and business owner who has to deal with this issue understands that the problem is much more complex. If you add sustainability objectives to the...

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