November 2021

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Inside the November Issue

 

 

Property Protection
Design, Maintain Fire Sprinklers for Proper Coverage

Fire sprinkler systems provide early fire control or extinguishment. If properly designed, approved, installed,
and maintained, sprinkler systems help to mitigate the fire hazard to both occupants and firefighters. The importance
and effectiveness of sprinkler systems has been demonstrated for many years.

Building codes, fire codes, life safety codes, and owner criteria specify when to provide sprinkler systems. The code is
usually a model code adopted by a jurisdiction, sometimes with local amendments. Various sections of the OSHA standards require the installation of sprinkler systems, or reference standards that contain such requirements.

In addition, sprinkler systems may be required by insurance carriers or provided voluntarily to reduce fire insurance premiums for buildings in which proper sprinkler coverage is provided.

Sprinkler systems should be designed to meet an installation standard. This is important for both occupants and firefighters
— whether the system is mandatory or installed voluntarily. NFPA has promulgated several standards for commercial and residential sprinkler systems. These standards contain some flexibility in portions of the system that may impact the fire service. Full story »

 

School Vandalism
Trends of Destruction

GP PRO is providing replacement paper towel, toilet tissue and soap dispensers at no cost to schools that have been impacted by the recent trend of students removing these items from restrooms.

The thefts of restroom product dispensers, which have been widely shared on social media, come at a time when proper
handwashing is a critical component of schools’ efforts to remain open despite the ongoing COVID pandemic.

“Schools across the country have been through so much over the past 18 months and are doing all they can to provide a safe
and healthy learning environment now that students and staff are back to in-person learning. This defacing of school property, particularly property that is so important to health and hygiene, is just really the last thing they need to be dealing with,” said Julie Howard, vice president and general manager of GP PRO’s towel, skin care and air care categories and herselfa paent to elementary school-aged children. Full story »

 

today's news

Holiday Hand Hygiene: Share Moments, Not Germs

BSM Staff | 11.24.21

AKRON, OH -- The holiday season is a special time to gather with family and friends. However, our heightened awareness of harmful germs due to the COVID-19 pandemic has given many people one more thing to worry about this holiday season.

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Double A Names JKK VP of Biz Development

BSM Staff | 11.24.21

TOLEDO, OH -- Double A Solutions, a SaaS provider, has promoted Jill Kellermeyer Kegler to Vice President of Business Development for its Janitorial Manager software business.

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4M Recognized for Safety, Image, Cleaning for Health

BSM Staff | 11.24.21

ST. LOUIS -- The Building Service Contractors Association International has recognized 4M Building Solutions with three prestigious industry awards at its annual conference last week in Las Vegas.

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BSCAI Names 2021 CLEAN Award Recipients

BSM Staff | 11.23.21

LAS VEGAS – The BSCAI has identified the recipients of its 2021 CLEAN Awards, which demonstrate the best in excellence among its building service contractor members.

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Noisy Purifiers Hinder IAQ in Classrooms

BSM Staff | 11.23.21

CHARLOTTE, NC -- A new national survey of K-12 teachers, commissioned by Global Plasma Solutions, shows that more than two-thirds are turning down or turning off portable, in-room, HEPA air purifiers as a result of the noise they can generate in classrooms.

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TEAM Software to Host Annual Client Event in April

BSM Staff | 11.23.21

OMAHA, NE -- TEAM Software’s annual TEAM Client Conference has been scheduled for April 12-14, 2022, where TEAM customers from across North America are invited to return to the event in-person in Omaha, Nebraska, for training, networking and collaborating with TEAM employees.

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