August 2019 Featured Content: Emergency Preparedness

A constant challenge and something that is at the forefront of every great facility manager's mind is how to keep the workplace safe and secure. In addition to the myriad tasks a facility manager must attend to on a daily basis, they must also ensure that their facilities are prepared for the unexpected: natural disasters, violence in the workplace and other things that can disrupt business continuity. To make sure you and your facilities are prepared, check out these featured pieces for the month of August, where we highlight Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity.

Some of the following features require IFMA Member or Knowledge Pass access levels; content is organized by access level for easier viewing.

Open Access

Violence in the Workplace - 2008
Violence in the workplace The Role of the Facility Manager by Wayne D. Veneklasen, Ph.D., CFM and Donald J. Barnes, BA is a stand-alone report that looks at the history of workplace violence, provides operational definitions, examines the current scope of the problem, discusses some of the regulations and statutes that surround it and, finally, provides tools for planning, responding and recovering from WPV.

5 Ways Remote Work is Impacting Business Resilience
More companies are implementing telecommuting programs as a business resiliency strategy. During a disruption such as a power outage or flood, telecommuting can help companies avoid a total shutdown by relying on remote employees to perform critical business functions. This article looks at the ways remote working impacts business resilience and provides solutions for preparing your company and managing teleworkers during a crisis.

Dealing with Threating Situations: How to Keep the Worst from Happening
A categorization of workplace violence as defined by OSHA, paired with recommendations for improved facility security including preparedness, a culture of zero tolerance, procedural consistency versus heightened security, and rigorous hiring methods.

Workplace Violence Active Shooter Threat
An instructional presentation addressing workplace violence issues, including statistics, at-risk behaviors and predictors, and the effects on companies and employees, plus recommendations for active shooter response considerations and procedures.

Active Shooter: Do You Know What To Do?
Mass shootings can happen anywhere. Training all individuals - not just building staff, but tenants too - so that they know what to do if faced with a potentially deadly situation can be the key to their survival. This article discusses how to prepare, plan and prevent active shooter situations.

Registered Access

Are You Disaster-ready?
This article takes a point-by-point approach to discussing the concrete steps for risk management plan creation, preparing FMs in the event of emergencies that involve damage to their facilities.

Is There a Standard in Rooftop Fall Protection?
Facility Engineering Association (FEA) recommendations on fall protection/fall prevention for commercial building owners to defend against litigation, and provide a safe workplace for their employees, contractors and third party maintenance workers.

A Comprehensive Safety Program Checklist
The article outlines the use of comprehensive safety programs and checklists that go above and beyond simple compliance in order to ensure optimal work conditions and enhance the bottom line.

Episode 23: A Facility Management Story with Rene Jackson of Ciena Corporation
René Jackson is Regional Manager of Real Estate and Facilities at Ciena Corporation in Silicon Valley, CA. Mike Petrusky asks René about her FM story and the support she has received throughout her journey from the IFMA community. René shares an inspirational quote about goal setting and discusses how anticipating employees’ needs is essential to creating great experiences and workplace satisfaction.

Workplace Violence: Finding and Fixing the Gaps in Your Program
This article outlines an eight-step process to reduce the likelihood of violence in the workplace and improve security for all occupants.

Premium Access

Workplace Resilience When a Disaster Strikes: Strategic Questions to Keep the Workplace Productive
Workplace strategy plays a vital role in business resilience as people, place and technology are critical to resuming operations after a disaster. This article poses questions to consider when determining how you, as a workplace strategist or facility manager, can support your organization’s business resilience planning efforts. Take the lead to prepare your organization for an uncertain future.

Near Miss Report Form
A template for documenting facility-related issues and incidents that have a direct impact to business/employees.

The Complete Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Audit
This comprehensive audit helps facility managers find potential hazards and mitigate slip, trip and fall risks. Use this checklist to walk through what you should look for to find potential hazards in all of the various areas of your facilities.

This checklist covers: parking lots and sidewalks, entrances, walkways, aisles, stairways and ramps, work areas, restrooms, cafeterias and break rooms, floor cleaning, storage and warehouse areas and liquid dispensing areas.

Workplace Violence and Terrorism: Best Practices for a New Reality
As part of the “Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report,” this research explores the “new normal” of workplace violence, particularly the emergence of a fifth type of workplace violence — terrorism. Alongside implications for costs and risk factors, this new understanding also impacts future prevention efforts. The idea of transporting skills and lessons learned from safety and anti-terror disciplines into the workplace, alongside the adoption of an integrated approach transcending departmental functions, constitutes the new reality of workplace violence prevention.

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The 17 Mistakes Made in Emergency Plans and How to Avoid and Correct Them
Review why emergency plans are integral to strategic emergency preparedness and business continuity, while identifying seventeen common errors and oversights of emergency planning.

Winter Preparedness Checklist
Use this winter preparedness checklist to properly maintain your facility's cooling and heating systems, extend the life of your HVAC equipment and save yourself from costly repairs.