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National Preparedness Month 2020

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Prep is KeyEvery year, we update our crisis plan in order to prepare for unexpected events such as a disaster or large-scale emergencies. This is why September’s National Preparedness Month is so important. This year, we have faced an unexpected global pandemic emergency forcing us all to think about how we can better prepare for such events. As we continue to move forward and push ahead, businesses have closed and people are adapting to a new normal in their everyday lives. Since many people are working from home due to the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has labeled this year’s theme “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” During September, the DHS is looking to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. And, as our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to start planning than now. (more…)

How to Cope with COVID-19 Burnout

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

COVID High Rise SafetyPart 2 of a 2-Part Series

In a blog post we published earlier this month; we began a two-part series about overcoming COVID-19 burnout. Click here to read part one, which focused on ways to ease misgivings and regain a feeling of control by making disaster plans at home. This week, we conclude the series by offering suggestions for overcoming Coronavirus burnout by developing disaster plans for high-rise buildings. (more…)

How to Avoid COVID-19 Burnout

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

COVID-19 BurnoutPart 1 of a 2-Part Series

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified COVID-19 Burnout included in a class of “International Diseases.”  WHO officials explain the definition and associated symptoms as follows: “COVID Burn-out is characterized by three dimensions:

  1. feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  2. increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
  3. reduced professional efficacy.

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Mental Health & COVID-19

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Mental Health COVID-19As COVID-19 cases increase, most people are adapting to life in the “new normal.” Unfortunately, others are experiencing anxiety, fear, and depression. Millions of people are facing newfound emotions brought about by the pandemic. These result not just from Coronavirus symptoms and the lives lost. They also stem from social isolation caused by lockdowns, mask requirements, social distancing measures, severe economic downturn, and a break from normal routines. (more…)

Best Practices for Reopening a Business

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Workplace Safety Reopen Business Post COVID-19Part 2 of a 2-Part Series

This blog features suggestions for safely reopening a business. It does not constitute legal advice.

Earlier this month, we started a two-part series marking June as National Safety Month. In part one, we focused on ways to keep people safe during a pandemic. To read the first entry in the two-part series, click here. This week, we conclude the series by focusing on best practices for reopening a business after the Coronavirus lockdown. (more…)

National Safety Month June 2020

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

June is National Safety Month 2020Part 1 in a 2-Part Series

As a result of the Coronavirus, workplace health and safety are top of mind for building owners and managers around the world. In the United States, where the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System is based, we observe National Safety Month each June. Even so, the National Safety Council reports that one worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. What’s more; emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere – not just in the workplace between the hours of 9 and 5. In years past, the awareness event shined a spotlight on safety-related topics such as mental health, ergonomics, building a safety culture, and driving. But perhaps more relevant this year is the focus on everyone’s minds – how to keep people safe during a pandemic. (more…)

High-Rise Building COVID-19 Safety

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

High Rise Building COVID-19 SafetyThe following information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. For guidance about how to comply with Coronavirus regulations relative to your high-rise facility, please contact state and/or local government officials such as OSHA and/or facility management.

Whether you own or manage a high-rise facility, you’re likely starting to wonder about facility management amid COVID-19. Although some governors have extended “safer at home,” “stay at home” and “shelter in place” orders, others are starting to loosen parameters. Depending on the location of your high-rise facility and the nature of the businesses that occupy it, you may be ready to start formulating a reopening plan.Safety for High-Rise COVID-19 Buildings

To help you in that endeavor, we have put together a list of suggestions to consider in order to help keep everyone in your building safe:

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Building Safety Month 2020

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Building Safety Month 2020For 40 years, the International Code Council (ICC) has celebrated advances in the construction of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes each May, during Building Safety Month. Meant to raise awareness about building safety, this year’s campaign theme is Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World. As most buildings are currently shuttered due to COVID-19, the first week’s virtual events focused on: “Disaster Preparedness, Building Codes and America’s Response to COVID-19.” Week 2 will cover water safety. Week 3, Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation. And Week 4: Training the Next Generation. (more…)

Coronavirus: How to Be Safe

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Coronavirus FolderIf you’re getting tired of hearing about the coronavirus, you’re in good company. For the past several months, writers, news anchors and talk show hosts have been covering the topic ad nauseum. But, like it or not, the subject probably won’t likely disappear from headlines anytime soon. As of the time of this writing, Worldometer reports that 80,377 people have been diagnosed with the illness, officially named Covid-19. The death toll stands at 2,707.  (more…)

National Stalking Awareness Month

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Stalking Awareness monthJanuary 2020 marks the 16th Annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), a call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. Organized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the campaign

is extremely important  because, although most people have heard the term, few understand the serious nature and prevalence of stalking-related incidents in the United States.

Legal definitions of stalking vary by jurisdiction, but here is a good working definition: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. (more…)