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Inspection Impacts Due to COVID-19

Inspection Impacts Due to COVID-19

Before we get into it, we’d like to set the record straight: no matter how seriously we take them, routine inspections and cleaning procedures alone are far from sufficient to ensure the safety of occupants from COVID-19. Their purpose is to ensure all areas within a property are in order and immediately bring attention to those that aren’t. In the context of an ongoing global pandemic, inspections are a tool to evaluate specific areas for potential vulnerability and reduce risk. Results from inspections are useful for guiding health & safety and sanitation procedures, but only if new strategies are implemented and behaviours are adapted on a broader level to reduce the risk of transmission.  BOMA Canada has published a great resource on how buildings can prepare for return to work and implement new strategies to reduce risk of transmission. For information on return to work guidelines, check out their resource here .  At Tap Report, we want to focus on what we do best and

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Sanitation Inspections: What You Need to Know in our “New Normal”

Sanitation Inspections: What You Need to Know in our “New Normal”

Sanitation inspections and cleans are at the core of ensuring health and life safety in built environments. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we clean and disinfect buildings and the standard of service that we expect. This is why we believe that the documentation and signing off on inspections is more important now, than ever before .  We are in the middle of a global pandemic. As we get ready to return to the workplace, we know it’ll be different. Take a moment to think about your journey to your desk; how many people you’ll pass; how many things you’ll touch, such as your car steering wheel or transit handles, elevator buttons and door handles. Now think about your movement during the day, from your desk, to kitchen, back to desk, to meeting room, to washroom, to food court, back to your desk etc. You touch A LOT of things. In this sense, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s been cleaned, when and by whom.  As a result, sanitation inspections have been impacted in two main way

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Optimizing Guard Patrols

Optimizing Guard Patrols

Security patrols, most commonly performed by foot patrol, are completed to maintain the security and safety of the premises, as an act of due diligence and for compliance purposes. Patrols have designated checkpoint areas that the security guard must check/inspect in any order along their route. These checkpoints will dictate the guard’s path on the patrol, ensuring an effective sweep of the premises. Guards will look for a variety of elements and circumstances, including: Water leaks or damage Safety hazards such as slipping & tripping hazards, obstructed stairwells etc. Breach of access control General housekeeping Odour Noise levels Proper lighting Fire stopping Deficient or obstructed electrical panels Suspicious activity And more…. These patrols are an important part of a security guard’s role and can take up a lot of time. Is there room to optimize the patrol process? Of course! We’ve looked to the business world to see what they have to say about op

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Digital Inspections ROI

Digital Inspections ROI

Digitizing inspections come with many benefits such as eliminating paper work and storage, ensuring compliance, and reducing labour costs. So how much do you really save? To answer this question, we broke workplace inspections and documentation processes into 3 main components: Paperwork and storage Ensuring compliance Labour costs Paperwork and Storage A popular method for inspecting locations/equipment is with pen and paper. Workers sign a paper tag at the location/equipment, then fill out a log sheet which is later submitted to the manager for review/action and eventually ends up in storage. When diving into the numbers, we found that the paperwork costs associated with inspections can really add up. We used data from our existing clients, who include hospitals, storage facilities, factories and commercial properties to determine the costs of paperwork associated with manual inspections. We used 500 locations/equipment with inspections on a monthly basis as a co

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Fire Emergency Systems in High-Rise Buildings

Fire Emergency Systems in High-Rise Buildings

When it comes to fire safety, high-rise buildings must be specially equipped to prevent a disaster from occurring.  Without proper fire emergency systems in your high-rise building, a minor incident could rapidly escalate into a major tragedy. To protect your building and ensure the safety of occupants, strict guidelines must be followed by building staff.  Regular inspections are an absolute must to ensure these guidelines are being followed, keeping your building safe.  Here are the most common requirements for fire emergency systems in high-rise buildings:  Elevators are to be controlled by a keyed switch  A designated firefighter’s elevator must be present in the building  Smoke shaft, exhaust system and/or windows must act as means of ventilation from each floor area to outdoors  Sprinklers must be installed throughout the building; see this post for sprinkler valve inspection requirements In the event that any of the fire alarm and sprinkler systems are off-line for

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Sprinkler Valve Inspections

Sprinkler Valve Inspections

Sprinkler valves are an important part of a fire protection system that controls the pressure and flow rate of the water supply. You want to make sure that your sprinkler valves are in good working order because you never know when a fire will occur and water will be needed to ensure that the fire does not spread any further. Regular inspections can help maintain your sprinkler valve systems, identify any deficiencies and ensure they are functional. Here are some things you should look for during your sprinkler valve inspections: Water pressure - document in PSI or kPA. You want to make sure that the sprinkler valves have sufficient pressure to reach and extinguish a fire if required.  Position of the valves – are they positioned in normal open/closed state?  Accessibility - are the valves easily accessible? Are there any obstructions near the valves?  Condition - are the valves in good condition? Is there any physical damage present?  Leaks - are there any external or internal

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Are Drones the Future of Building Inspections?

Are Drones the Future of Building Inspections?

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) that can fly in the air. They’ve been an extremely popular tech gadget for consumer use but slowly, industry uses are being applied. It may seem like drones are a new phenomenon but the technology actually dates back to WWI military use.  A Business Insider article outlines how drones have changed over time through seven progressive generations that range in capabilities. First generation is characterized by basic remote control capabilities. Second generation includes manual piloting and audio-visual capabilities such as camera and video recording. Generations 3-5 progressively have better audio-visual capabilities like 360 degree visuals and safety features including autopilot. Generations 6-7 have enhanced safety features which allow drones to be more suitable for commercial use. These safety features include various piloting modes, accurate sensors, airspace and autonomy awareness and auto-action allowing for self-takeoff, landing

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Reasons for Performing Inspections

Reasons for Performing Inspections

Inspections are completed for a variety of reasons including: Compliance Preventative Maintenance Insurance Coverage Compliance Inspections are performed because their completion is mandated under certain legislation, codes and bylaws. For example, the Ontario Fire Code (6.2.7.2) mandates that equipment such as fire extinguishers must be inspected every 30 days. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act states that inspections of electrical rooms, first aid kits, eyewash stations etc., must be conducted regularly to prevent the development of unsafe working conditions. Legislation also identifies the types of deficiencies and conditions to look for during these inspections as well as how quickly these deficiencies need to be resolved. *We used Ontario as an example but each province in Canada has similar regulatory bodies that govern similar legislation. There are also federally regulated policies that need to be complied with. These standards are pretty co

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