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02/29/2012

School Facility Floor Care

 
Floor care can be an overlooked aspect of school facility management.

School facility managers and building owners should be looking to score high marks in liability prevention and maintenance.  Proper floor care goes far beyond keeping surfaces safe and clean, and includes methods to extend floor life and the proper selection of materials.  Staples Advantage offers some tips to help get the most out of your school facility floor care initiatives:

Always clean: Facility managers should make sure they only use solutions that are appropriate for the floor material they are cleaning and to read the manufacturer instructions to be certain they are mixing and applying the solution properly.  Remember to look for sustainable cleaning solutions that are not only healthier for students and maintenance staff, but fit into tight school budgets as well.

Other tips to keep in mind: spills on the floor should be wiped up with an absorbent cloth immediately.  One of the best methods for protecting floor surfaces is to use floor mats at each entrance that are specially designed to capture moisture and debris that can be tracked inside on shoes. 

Be mindful of safety and liability: Slips and falls can cause serious injury. There are several precautions facility managers and custodians can take to reduce liability with regard to flooring.  Educate school administrators and teaching and maintenance staff about potential floor hazards and ask them to report spills, floor damage or other safety concerns immediately. 

It would be even more beneficial to assign someone on the maintenance staff to be responsible for checking all floor surfaces for potential dangers on a daily basis.  Proper lighting in all areas of a school facility is key to prevent slips and falls. Remember – no running in the halls!

Computers can be zapped: Believe it or not, flooring can have a negative impact on school computers and handheld devices that are used for learning.  Electrostatic discharges (ESD) – that shock you feel sometimes when you walk across the floor and touch something – can easily be transferred to computer devices from the floor. 

Costly damages can be prevented by using conductive flooring material or by applying several coats of an ESD-preventing finish solution to the existing floor of the computer lab, library or classroom.  Once the floor protection is applied, special care must be taken with daily and weekly cleaning to ensure the effectiveness of the solution.  Another option is the use of special mats, floor paint or tiles that help prevent electrical shocks to computers. 

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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