Health & Safety

  • An empty classroom with multiple ceiling air handling units and large windows.
    Image attribution tooltip
    SolStock via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    DOE recognizes 13 school districts for efficiency, healthy school efforts

    There is also a nationwide drive to boost indoor air quality and health in schools, backed by experts and data pointing to improved student performance.

    By May 13, 2024
  • A person speaks at a podium
    Image attribution tooltip
    Retrieved from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on April 23, 2024
    Image attribution tooltip

    Want a 7-day forecast of heat risk near you? Check out this new federal tool.

    The tool accounts for how unusual heat is in a specific location and pulls in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on what that means for public health, federal officials said Monday.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • April 25, 2024
  • A view of Aunt Flow's period product dispenser integrated witH TRAX Analytics' software
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by Aunt Flow and TRAX Analytics
    Image attribution tooltip

    Houston Airport System introduces sensor-enabled period product dispensers in airport restrooms

    The smart restroom technology provides predictive analytics that can help custodial employees determine when the dispensers must be refilled, the airport system’s chief terminal officer says. 

    By April 25, 2024
  • Custodian janitor pushing cleaning cart down hallway
    Image attribution tooltip

    iStock / FangXiaNuo

    Image attribution tooltip
    Sponsored by CheckSammy

    Clean when you need it: The power of on-demand facility cleaning

    On-demand solutions for all cleaning emergencies.

    April 22, 2024
  • A ventilation unit moves air in an office building.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Onurdongel via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Clean air benefits drive operators, manufacturers to prioritize IAQ

    A growing emphasis on indoor air quality among organizations, tenants and regulators is leading operators and manufacturers to shift their focus toward monitoring and improving building ventilation.

    By April 19, 2024
  • An IT professional works at a computer next to colleagues.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Johnson Controls
    Image attribution tooltip

    Johnson Controls aims to combat cyber, operational risks through security service, partnerships

    Its Security Operations Centers service provides staffing support and quality assurance for a predictable “as-a-service fee,” the company says.

    By April 16, 2024
  • Person holds hotel key to door
    Image attribution tooltip
    VTT Studio via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Hotel cybersecurity vulnerabilities extend to key cards

    Researchers have found a way to hack Saflok key cards for up to 3 million hotel rooms. But that's just where the threats to guests begin.

    By Noelle Mateer • April 16, 2024
  • A closeup shot of an unrecognizable male person opening a glass door to enter the office. There are people in the background.
    Image attribution tooltip
    skynesher via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Envoy rolls out 5 tools to bolster workplace safety as more employees return to office

    With varying in-office attendance rates, office space utilization has become more complex and “securing our spaces has gotten trickier,” Envoy’s CEO says.

    By S.L. Fuller • April 12, 2024
  • A blue clipboard with a white paper that says "OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration," and protective gear lying above it.
    Image attribution tooltip
    designer491 for iStock via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    OSHA publishes final employee walkaround rule

    The rule, effective May 31, reverts to a long-standing practice that gives employees the right to select a third-party advocate to accompany a safety inspection.

    By Zachary Phillips • April 11, 2024
  • A worker uses their smartphone to gain access at a turnstile.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Alina Rosanova via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Allegion US adds Google Wallet to mobile credential capabilities

    Security access controls will be available to customers using Schlage locks, wall readers and reader controllers, the multinational security firm says.

    By April 8, 2024
  • An indoor air quality monitor in a classroom.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Suebsiri via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Higher indoor air quality standards needed, researchers say

    The IAQ experts highlight the growing consensus for a need to revise ventilation rates beyond the existing minimum “acceptable” targets.

    By April 3, 2024
  • A fire alarm system in a commercial building.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Alacatr via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    NFPA launches new solutions, advisory services corporation

    NFPA Global Solutions will help customers demonstrate compliance with fire and electrical safety codes, standards and regulations via testing, inspection and certification.

    By April 1, 2024
  • Aerial shot of a highway alongside a billboard that reads 1:22 p.m., 110 degrees F.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Brandon Bell/Getty Images via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Phoenix passes worker heat safety ordinance amid rising heat, deaths

    The measure, which applies to city contractors and subcontractors, emerges on the heels of labor demands and record high temperatures last year.

    By Ginger Christ • March 29, 2024
  • The indoor unit of an air conditioner featuring a cassette split system on a grey ceiling
    Image attribution tooltip
    N-sky via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Modine’s school HVAC solutions certified for safety and compliance

    It certified many of its Airedale indoor air quality products to stay ahead of new federal regulations slated to take effect in 2025, the thermal management company says.

    By March 21, 2024
  • The front of Watershed Public Charter School in Baltimore County, Maryland.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Retrieved from Watershed Public Charter School on March 20, 2024
    Image attribution tooltip

    DOE unveils $180M for energy efficiency, air quality upgrades in K12 schools

    The 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize will provide school districts funding for new HVAC systems, building envelope and lighting projects, electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies.

    By Updated March 20, 2024
  • An atrium in a modern, healthy building with trees outside the window.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Baona via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    WELL building standard hits 5B-square-foot milestone

    A rising global focus on workforce well-being and employee recruitment has driven interest in the healthy building standard, IWBI says.

    By March 6, 2024
  • The front of the General Services Administration headquarters
    Image attribution tooltip
    Douglas Rissing via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    GSA’s actions on deferred maintenance in federal buildings acknowledged by OIG

    The U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service arm has taken “appropriate corrective action” to address recommendations made in a 2021 audit, an inspector general report says.

    By March 5, 2024
  • An aesthetic waiting room in a clean modern private healthcare clinic
    Image attribution tooltip
    creativeneko via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    CREF, Aeroseal will address HVAC efficiency, air quality at healthcare and other facilities

    CREF says it will apply the startup's technology across healthcare facilities, educational institutions and commercial buildings in its portfolio.

    By March 4, 2024
  • US army grant aims to improve military base facilities management, safety

    US Ignite will use the funding to build on a pilot program for reducing heat risk, detecting building faults and upgrading remote surveillance.

    By Brian Martucci • March 1, 2024
  • Computer engineer working with a computer interface in a factory.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Thinkhubstudio via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Tenable’s exposure management platform aims to help operators strengthen cybersecurity defense

    As IT systems, operational technologies and IoT tools merge with physical assets like HVAC systems and badge readers, cyber criminals are exploiting a wider attack surface, the company says.

    By Feb. 29, 2024
  • A facade of a Schneider Electric building.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by Schneider Electric
    Image attribution tooltip

    Schneider Electric, in ransomware recovery, faces claims of stolen data trove

    The 1.5 terabytes of stolen data seem to include sensitive documents such as non-disclosure agreements and copies of passports, a ransomware expert says. 

    By Feb. 27, 2024
  • An exterior view of an American school building seen on a spring day.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Stock Photo via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    The average school building is nearly a half-century old

    Only 39% of schools surveyed by the National Center for Education Statistics reported having an indoor air quality coordinator.

    By Anna Merod • Feb. 15, 2024
  • A mockup image of CerroZone and Poppy's 241 Toolkit.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of CerroZone, Poppy
    Image attribution tooltip

    CerroZone, Poppy collaborate on IAQ measurement, ventilation improvement

    The 241 Toolkit is aimed at measuring air quality, improving ventilation and verifying results to help facility managers meet new standards in an energy-efficient manner.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
  • A multipurpose room for a long-term care facility.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Kazuma Seki via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Butlr expands privacy-driven heat sensor technology to healthcare

    The MIT Media Lab spinoff says its opt-in generative AI models can provide building efficiency and utilization insights, without capturing any personally identifiable information.   

    By Feb. 6, 2024
  • Sideview of a DSNY automated sideloader waste truck prototype in Manhattan
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of New York City Department of Sanitation
    Image attribution tooltip

    New York City to pilot automated collection of large containers for high-density buildings

    Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch described this as the biggest advance for local waste collection technology in decades, as the city continues its push toward containerization.

    By Cole Rosengren • Feb. 5, 2024