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Carbon Monoxide Detectors 101

Carbon Monoxide Detectors 101

Carbon Monoxide exposure may put your building at risk. Here’s how you can protect workers and occupants from this silent killer.  Now that you’ve set your clocks back, it’s time to replace the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors. Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas that blocks oxygen from entering the bloodstream. It most commonly leaks from fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, gas stoves and water heaters.  For residential buildings, make sure to follow these requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms (NFC 6.7.1 & OFC 6.3.4.):  CO alarms must be maintained in operating condition (OFC)  Alarms must be located in the sleeping area of all homes/residential units  Landlords of residential buildings are required to give each tenant a copy of the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions for the carbon monoxide alarm (OFC)  Landlords are required to test carbon monoxide alarms whenever tenants change or the battery is replace

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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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Emergency Power Systems

Emergency Power Systems

Emergency power systems, such as generators, must be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with their manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instruction manual as well as standards and legislation laid out in the “Emergency Electrical Power Supply for Buildings” CAN/CSA C282, 6.7.1 NFC & OFC.  Emergency power systems are expensive assets and are critical to maintaining safe building operation in the event of a power failure. With this in mind, there are several inspection points, tests and data that must be collected and recorded on a regular basis.  Here are some general guidelines for emergency power system inspections and maintenance:  Overall  Equipment must be tested and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instruction manual Maintenance work must be logged and kept in accordance with the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instruction manual; logs must include: date work was completed, record of parts replace

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Building Operators: Have you fallen victim to these common misconceptions about routine inspections?

Building Operators: Have you fallen victim to these common misconceptions about routine inspections?

In my job, I get the opportunity to visit commercial, residential, industrial and retail buildings across Canada. I also get the chance to speak with frontline staff, engineers, security professionals and head office leadership. Through my visits, I continuously encounter 3 misconceptions about routine inspections.  1. Work orders  Work order systems are great for specific tenant requests – for example, a work order can be issued if a tenant asks to keep the lights on longer than usual on a given night.  Also great for tenant complaints, work orders can be used to notify custodial staff of minor issues such as an empty soap dispenser in the washroom – though the last thing you should want a tenant doing is putting in a work order to advise of something that needs attending to. Tenants are busy and this creates a sub-standard experience for them. This is why proactive inspections are so beneficial – but that’s for another blog post.  Work orders are not ideal however,

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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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What does your attitude towards compliance say?

What does your attitude towards compliance say?

Employees, Your Company’s Culture and Brand We know that routine workplace inspections can be tedious, time consuming and some may even say boring.   The reasons for completing workplace inspections are clear –mandatory either from a regulatory or liability perspective, preventative maintenance and best practice; but it's time to adopt a new mindset about compliance. Believe it or not, your attitude about compliance sends key messages and insights about your company to employees and externally. For example the way you talk about routine inspections, the prioritization of inspections, reward and discipline for inspection performance and how quickly action is taken on deficiencies found during inspections sends messages to your employees and others about whether you really care about compliance or not. And this is not just noticeable to employees but also to clients and the broader industry. Employees Employees want to do work that is valued. If the work is not pr

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