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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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A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

“Each tour/patrol is reviewed daily with the guards and supervisors” - Warren Fletcher, Allied Operator, Fire and Life Safety  What do you use Tap Report for?  My team uses Tap Report for daily tours/patrols.  How has Tap Report helped you manage your security patrols?  Tap Report helps our staff complete their patrols on time.  Do you review inspection results with staff?  Each tour/patrol is reviewed daily with the guards and supervisors.  How has Tap Report helped with staffing oversight?   Tap Report provides great feedback that we didn’t have before. We can take that feedback and make informed staffing decisions.  What do you like most about Tap Report?  It’s user friendly, easy to navigate, and has simple processes like restoring missing tags. I also like the support provided from the Tap Report team.  What do your staff like most about Tap Report?  Everything!

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A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

"The level of reporting has increased" Provide a description of yourself and your company.  My name is Christian Carter and I am the Manager of Security and Life Safety for First Gulf - King St East Portfolio.  What do you use Tap Report for? We use two Tap Report applications for security staff across the King St East Portfolio - one is the Tap Report for Workplace Inspections and the other is the Tap Report Incident Management System. As a manager, what do you find most valuable about Tap Report? Accurate, clear and concise reporting in a software framework that is relatively easy for security staff to learn and use. What do your staff like most about using Tap Report? Ease of use has been the primary response from security staff with respect to using the Tap Report applications we use. What do you think has improved the most with using Tap Report? The level of reporting has increased. Guard activity is monitored while performing compliance based aud

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A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

Provide a description of yourself and your company.  I'm a Supervisor of Operations at Southcore Financial Centre overseeing two office buildings downtown Toronto. What do you use Tap Report for?  We use Tap Report to inspect and log all mechanical equipment daily in both buildings.  As a manager of multiple properties what do you find most valuable about Tap Report?  The Tap Report system has made it easy to organize the logging systems for both buildings here at Southcore Financial Centre. I can now keep an eye on our equipment easily and be notified if any equipment has not been logged or has malfunctioned.  What do you think has improved the most with using Tap Report?  How quickly I receive information on malfunctioning equipment. Tap Report speeds up the flow of information through instantaneous notifications and workflow to responsible individuals.  How has Tap Report streamlined the inspections of your buildings?  Tap Report has made it easy for me as a supe

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A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

Jonathan Ramos, Operations Manager for Kevric Real Estate Corporation, oversees 1.2 million square feet of Class A office buildings and indoor parking facilities. We met up with him to ask for his insights on Tap Report's use in Commercial Property Real Estate. What do you use Tap Report for? We are using Tap Report for several applications such as security patrols, cleaning inspections, joint health and safety committee (JHSC) inspections, mechanical equipment logs, chemical tests, sustainability readings, parking lot inspections, incident reports and fire watch. As a manager, what do you find most valuable about Tap Report? The product allows us to keep track of all the moving parts in the building and provide a centralized platform with 7 years of history. It is the easiest way to move to paperless inspections and ensure that the inspections are completed on time. What do your staff like most about using Tap Report? The simplicity is the most valuable quality of the a

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Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of injury in Ontario workplaces. As a result, the Ministry of Labour will be completing blitz inspections from March to July, looking for hazards that could lead to slips, trips and falls. What will the MOL look for: A well-documented health and safety program Hazard awareness and prevention training for slips, trips and falls (i.e. posted warnings, working at heights program and training etc.) Evidence that you’ve taken precautions to reduce risks To reduce injuries, inspections should be completed regularly to identify and remediate hazards. Things you should look for during your inspections, especially in high-traffic areas: Slippery surfaces – spills, seasonal hazards such as snow and ice Unsecured mats – mats can sometimes roll up and create a tripping hazard Uneven surfaces Debris Poor lighting Poor housekeeping and obstructions to walkways Protruding cords or cables How to prevent injury: Slip-resis

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Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Escalators should be inspected daily during startup and shutoff to reduce hazards. The Canadian Standards Association’s CSA B44 sets out safety standards for elevators and escalators. Things you should look for during your inspections: Ensure obstructions are not lodged in the gaps between the step and side panel (“skirt”) If your escalator infrastructure is aging, consider adding brushes to the side panel to stop objects and shoes from getting caught Apply friction-reducing product to the side panel monthly if your escalator is an older model Ensure areas where passengers mount and dismount (landing/comb plates) are clear of obstructions Ensure landing/comb plates and step edges are painted yellow for accessibility Ensure adequate lighting on landings/comb plates and steps Ensure there are not broken “teeth” on the steps Ensure proper signage is installed and visible i.e. strollers and carts are prohibited signage Check for unusual noises and vibrations  Ensure the esca

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What is PropTech?

What is PropTech?

PropTech is a newer term used to describe technology solutions geared towards disrupting the real estate sector. Other terms used to describe this type of technology solutions include CRE Tech, RealTech and ConTech.  PropTech is very broad as it includes real estate, leasing, appraisals, residential property management, commercial property management, the sharing economy, smart cities/buildings, construction, RegTech and even FinTech.  Within PropTech, companies are using innovative technology to change/enhance the existing ways of doing things and to address problems or gaps within the industry. These technology solutions are leveraging things like:  Big data & analytics Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robotic automation Digital capabilities Internet of Things (IoT) Virtual Reality (VR) Payment/transaction/lending technology Blockchain technology  Some of the main areas that PropTech focuses on are:  Building/asset performance, optimization and cost reduction Te

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Future of Inspections

Future of Inspections

Inspections have changed over time and they continue to change with advances in technology. There are a lot of trends and buzzwords being used right now that have the potential to impact how inspections are performed in the future. We’ve all heard of these buzzwords but understanding what they mean at a basic level may be a bit challenging, so we’re going to walk you through the latest trends, discuss their strengths and make you aware of their pitfalls and things to consider.  Trends include: Internet of Things (IoT) Analytics and Big Data Drones Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Internet of Things (IoT) IoT is a giant network of things/devices that are connected to the internet. [1]  These devices collect and exchange data using sensors, making them into “live objects” where the data can provide an understanding of what’s going on with the device. The data collected can be shown on a dashboard to deepen this understanding and can be used for a v

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How to Inspect?

How to Inspect?

There are different ways of satisfying inspection requirements and they have evolved over time. Inspection methods include: Pen and Paper Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Near-Field Communication (NFC) The most basic form of inspection uses pen and paper; it’s also the most widely used method at the moment. Personnel go to each location with their paper form or check list and mark down that they have inspected the equipment and note any deficiencies. A manager collects all records of the inspection to review and verify that all areas have been inspected and notify the appropriate personnel of any deficiencies found through email or a work order system. This method of inspection can leave room for human error and requires storage/indexing. It is also time consuming to review all paperwork and manually send out deficiencies to the appropriate parties.  Over time, technology has evolved to help automate the inspection process. In the 1990s, a cylinder-shaped tool that

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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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