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Is Your Fire Watch Program Up To Code?

Is Your Fire Watch Program Up To Code?

What is a Fire Watch? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires that buildings equipped with fire alarm systems and sprinkler systems be fully operational at all times. In the event that any of these systems are off-line for any reason whatsoever, a Fire Watch inspection program through the use of Fire Watch personnel is to be implemented immediately. A Fire Watch inspection program is the regular physical inspection of the area the Hot Work is being performed to ensure a fire does not start. Did you know? [i] Hot work is defined as any process involving flame, spark or heat production. This includes work such as cutting, welding, soldering, grinding etc. The Fire Watch work area must be inspected at least once each hour  The Fire Watch personnel must be equipped with a fire extinguisher and PPE The Fire Watch must be conducted from the start of the hot work until at least 3 hours after the work has been completed Who completes the Fire Watch? A

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What Do You Get Out Of Inspections?

What Do You Get Out Of Inspections?

Sometimes it’s difficult getting buy-in to complete inspections. They are time consuming and one could argue that the majority of the time, nothing bad happens. But there’s actually a lot in it for you and your organization in terms of inspections. Inspections provide a lot of benefits including: Documented due diligence Compliance to legislation, codes, by-laws etc. Avoidance of fines Defense against liability in the event an incident/accident occurs Management of reputational risk and avoidance of negative media coverage A safer workplace – less injuries and fatalities Less accidents = better insurance premiums Reduced loss time or work delays due to injury Reduced costs associated with loss time or work delays due to equipment malfunction/breakdown Asset protection Proactive fixes before they become a huge problem – and a burden on the pocket book Improved equipment reliability and optimization Increased equipment and system efficiency Peace of mind that everythi

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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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Do you know  what the sanitation inspection requirements are?

Do you know what the sanitation inspection requirements are?

Frequent washroom inspections are an important part of facility management. They ensure the safety of patrons and that cleanliness standards are maintained. The suggested inspection requirements are to ensure: Washroom signage is in good condition, is visible and securely affixed on the door/wall That mirrors are in good condition and are safely secured That walls, floors and ceilings are in good condition There are no leaks, slipping or tripping hazards on the floor Lighting in washroom is adequate That locks on washroom stalls are in good condition and function properly That hinges on washroom stalls are in good condition and securely fastened That sinks are in good condition, they are not clogged and there are not any leaks Sink faucets have good water pressure and good water temperature Soap dispensers are in good working condition and have soap in them Toilets are flushable and are in good working condition There are receptacles present and they do not

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5 Reasons Inspections Get Missed By Honest Workers

5 Reasons Inspections Get Missed By Honest Workers

For many of us, routine workplace inspections such as fire equipment, first aid equipment, and preventative maintenance are a monthly, daily or even hourly occurrence. Several legislative Acts mandate these inspections, putting pressure on Employers and Property Managers. Despite these pressures, the majority of us have at least one item that chronically falls through the cracks. Why might this be? We set out to answer just that, and returned with these top 5 factors. 1. Procrastination According to a study conducted by verywell.com, 20% of people chronically avoid difficult tasks. Some key reasons for procrastinating include: not knowing where to start, feeling overwhelmed from disorganization, and forgetting to do it. The use of automatic reminders can help kick this habit.  2. Ambiguous locations Often, many floors and hallways look similar. Having a list of location descriptions can sometimes falsely lead workers to believe that each location was visited, as all the descri

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A Spotlight on Fire Rated Door Inspections

A Spotlight on Fire Rated Door Inspections

The Ontario Fire Code states that fire doors require at minimum, monthly inspection. Both sides of the door should be inspected for: Signage properly and securely affixed Clarity and visibility of labels Holes or breaks in the door and/or door frame Glazing, glass kit and glass beads are intact and securely fastened The door, door frame, hinges and hardware are in good-working condition and secured There are no missing or broken parts Door clearances are within allowable limits Door closer and spring hinges are operational and door is self-closing If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position Auxiliary hardware items that interfere/prohibit operation are not installed on the door/frame There have been no field modifications performed that void the label Free download :  Fire Rated Door Sample Checklist -- Written by  Paul Amendola , from Tap Re

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The Power of Inspection Analytics

The Power of Inspection Analytics

Building equipment and locations must be routinely inspected for safety, insurance and to meet requirements established by code. Each inspection report is vital to a building’s overall operation. Many building management teams conduct routine inspections, but not many collect analytics during their inspections. Analytics are a way of uncovering meaningful patterns in data that allow the user to quantify performance and recommend improvements. Compiling valuable data from inspection reports helps to capture a building’s overall health. Inspection analytics show what was in order yesterday, what’s in order today and what will be in order five years from now. Collecting data There are two main types of analytics for inspections: portfolio and predictive. Portfolio analytics track the pieces of equipment and their locations within a building as well as the value of these assets. Predictive analytics help forecast the future needs of a building’s equipment and locations, such a

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Life-Safety Equipment and Location Inspections

Life-Safety Equipment and Location Inspections

Ensuring that life-safety equipment and locations are regularly inspected can help reduce risks associated with disasters and in fact is the responsibility of the building owner and/or property manager. It is critical that staff conducting inspections know all the equipment locations and proper inspection procedures. A slip-up from gross negligence cannot only be costly, but also has the potential to damage a building owner’s and/or management company’s reputation and leave them defending their actions to governing bodies. The law Provincial legislation and particular insurance policies dictate the frequency of life-safety equipment and location inspections. The Ontario Fire Code (6.2.7.2) mandates that equipment such as fire extinguishers must be inspected every 30 days (monthly). Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act states that inspections of electrical rooms, first aid kits, eye wash stations and so forth must be conducted at intervals that will prevent the development

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