Health and Safety Plan Templates Are Not Always a Good Idea

If you own a business that has employees, you are subject to the requirements of OSHA (both state and federal) and other regulatory agencies. Sometimes, the red tape can get so thick that businesses are fined for violating regulations they weren’t even aware of. Such was the case with a business owner cited for violations… Read more »

Emergency Response Essentials

A water pipe bursts inside one of your properties, and your maintenance staff responds quickly to stop the flow. After that, you’ll have to make sure areas incurring water damage are addressed and the salvageable building materials are dry before you can begin the work of returning your property to its former condition. You’re in… Read more »

Exploring Potential Future Career Fields in Environmental Science

The world is facing immense environmental challenges. Climate change, environmental degradation, and population growth are just a few of the issues that require sustainable solutions. The increased prevalence of these challenges and the growing desire to help address them has resulted in an increase in opportunities in the environmental science field. So, let’s explore the… Read more »

What Do Environmental Scientists Do? Exploring the Roles and Responsibilities of Environmental Scientists

Environmental science is a crucial field that focuses on understanding and addressing various environmental issues. From air and water contaminants to climate change and biodiversity loss, environmental scientists play a vital role in protecting the planet’s natural resources and human health. In this article, we will explore the diverse roles and responsibilities of environmental scientists… Read more »

What is Industrial Hygiene Consulting?

Industrial hygiene consulting is a vital part of workplace safety and health. It involves the identification, assessment, and control of environmental factors that can affect the health and well-being of employees in a variety of industries. In this article, we will examine industrial hygiene consulting and explore its key components, goals, and objectives. Understanding Industrial… Read more »

How to Find Entry-Level Jobs with an Environmental Science Degree

As a recent graduate with an environmental science degree, finding an entry-level job can be a daunting task. The good news is that the environmental science job market is growing, with many industries seeking qualified candidates. In this article we’ll explore the job market, the types of entry level jobs, how to build a strong… Read more »

What to Expect in an Industrial Hygienist Job

If you are looking for a career in the field of environmental health and safety, a job as an industrial hygienist may be of interest to you. Industrial hygienists are responsible for ensuring that industrial work environments are safe for employees, free from hazardous exposure, and in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. In… Read more »

Influenza and RSV Prevention: Don’t Let Your Guard Down

Don’t let your guard down quite yet. Not only is COVID still a threat to your health, cases of influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are hospitalizing people at abnormally high rates. Those three — COVID, influenza, and RSV — are often collectively termed a “tripledemic.” We’ve written extensively about COVID in previous articles. Here,… Read more »

The Rising Danger of Fentanyl on Campus

What are the biggest threats colleges and universities face today? You might mention rising tuition rates or the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on classroom teaching – but there’s something else creeping onto campuses at an alarming rate.  Much too often, we’re hearing stories like these: The Los Angeles Police Department stepped in during the… Read more »

Trends in Multi-Family Property Maintenance During the Pandemic

Multi-family apartment communities have always presented unique challenges to the people who own them, work at them, and live in them, but the COVID-19 pandemic created situational difficulties on a scale most of us have never before witnessed. FACS works with multi-family management teams nationwide, so we’re positioned to not only help staff navigate the… Read more »

Home (Alone?) for the Holidays – Tips for Safer Family Gatherings this Holiday Season – FACS COVID-19 Update #18

While many of us endured the disappointment of significantly limited gatherings over Thanksgiving, the case rates are climbing. We are heading into the holidays where friends and family get-togethers are even more important and are often for extended periods of time. Thanksgiving dinners are usually limited to a few hours together, while Christmas gatherings could… Read more »

When Disasters Collide – FACS COVID-19 Update #17

While in the continued grip of a global pandemic and the need for the public to follow significant preventative measures, the US is faced with the onset of other natural disasters. On the West Coast and along the Continental Divide there are a rash of wildfires that have erupted this month, and on the East… Read more »

Getting a Handle on COVID-19 Case Response – FACS Update #16

As more businesses reopen and the number of cases of COVID-19 climb in the community, organizations are having to navigate the challenges, twists and turns of managing a proper response to a known or suspected case. In this discussion we talk about the fundamentals of case response in non-healthcare settings and some of the lessons… Read more »

Why Six Feet and How Close is Too Close? – FACS Update #14

Physical distancing, also commonly referred to as “social distancing,” is defined as “keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.” To practice physical distancing, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying at least six feet apart from other people. The World Health Organization recommends at least one meter (approximately… Read more »

To Modify or Not to Modify, that is the Question – Building Ventilation Systems and COVID-19 – FACS Update #12

The main transmission routes for SARS-CoV-2 are direct contact or respiratory droplets (aerosols) during close contact (within  six feet for 15 minutes) with an infected person.  However, according to an early release CDC report due out this July, whether SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted by aerosols remains controversial. The following discussion will try to shed some… Read more »

COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace: What You Should Know (And Do): FACS Update #10

This week’s COVID-19 Response Update is a featured piece written by our medical consulting partner, Cogency. For more information on medical testing in the workplace to ensure a safe return-to-work program, contact the Cogency team today. Diagnostic and surveillance testing for COVID-19 provide important information for physicians and public health professionals. This includes guiding recommendations… Read more »

Surface Disinfection in the Age of COVID-19: The Good, the Bad and the U…(Underinformed): FACS Update #9

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is thought to spread mainly through direct transmission from person-to-person. However, we are still learning about how it is spread and there are concerns of indirect transmission (person-to-surface-to-person). Because of the anticipated potential for indirect transmission, cleaning and disinfection to reduce risks related to COVID-19 (the illness caused by… Read more »

COVID-19: Leaving the Shelter and Getting Back to Business Safely: FACS Update #7

As we begin looking to lift shelter in place restrictions, organizations are confronted with figuring out how to adjust to the “new normal” of operating safely in the presence of COVID-19. This starts with recognizing the purpose behind the effort: Protect People. Help prevent employees, customers, and other stakeholders from contracting COVID-19, and in doing… Read more »

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: FACS Update #5

What should employers and building owners/managers be doing to protect employees and other stakeholders from COVID-19? The first thing to do is to be aware of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The CDC has specific guidance for businesses and retirement/independent living properties, and other facilities. Secondly, you want to have a written… Read more »

Validating Cleaning Efficacy for Removal of SARS-CoV-2: FACS Update #4

The number of COVID-19 cases in America continues to rise. So have questions regarding keeping families, co-workers and the general public safe. Public health organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide recommendations for cleaning and disinfection related to the virus responsible for COVID-19 infections, SARS-CoV-2. But… Read more »

Key Considerations for Your COVID-19 Safety Plan: FACS Update #2

The COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, and even with the current emergency public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus, it is expected to be of concern for an extended period of time. Organizations must prepare for the near-term impacts, but also for a “new normal” of how to include protecting their… Read more »

COVID-19 Response: FACS Update

We are providing this communication to inform FACS clients of what we are doing as a company to address the current COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It is our plan to provide updates as needed, and at least weekly, during this event. COVID-19 FACS Expert Team We have formed a FACS expert… Read more »

When Is an Asbestos Survey Required?

You could save yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars by getting this right. True or False: The U.S. completely banned the use of asbestos in building materials in 1989. That means any commercial building constructed in 1990 or later poses no asbestos risk. Consequently, you don’t need to worry about getting an asbestos survey prior… Read more »