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Restaurant industry job growth hits 17-year high in
restaurant industry added jobs at double the rate of the overall economy in
2012, and the National Restaurant Association expects this trend to
continue in 2013. Eating and drinking places added jobs at a robust 3.4
percent rate last year, the strongest increase in 17 years, according to
NRA's analysis of new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Risky business: The cost of unsafe floors
Facility Management Journal
and unsafe floors are the cause of approximately 50 percent of
slip-and-fall accidents, followed by inappropriate footwear, fraudulent
claims, inadequate hazard identification and insufficient employee
training. In addition to causing injury to employees and guests,
slip-and-fall accidents can cost a business thousands, or millions, of
dollars in legal fees and settlements.
Franchisee drives traffic with digital message boards
Blum, who operates 13 Dunkin' Donuts units in northeast Ohio, installed his
first digital message board in 2008. He now has them installed at seven
locations. He would add them to all 13 if he could, but the other six units
are located in municipalities that have restrictions on such displays.
Zoning restrictions are the only disadvantage Blum can think of about the
boards – while the advantages, he said, start with reaching 25,000 people
Think it's just soap? Think again
Facility Management Journal
with so many critical decisions on a daily basis, it can be easy for
facility managers to overlook skin care and think of it as a simple supply
item, or for it to fall off their radar screens completely. However, recent
data demonstrates that taking a passive approach to skin care products,
such as soaps and hand cleansers — or simply buying on price alone — could
be a big mistake.
New York City eyes Styrofoam ban
The Associated Press via York Daily Record
plastic foam containers get 86'd from the menu of takeout food options in
the nation's biggest city? A New York City sanitation official said Feb. 6
the idea is under discussion but it's too soon to say what will be
recommended in an upcoming report on increasing recycling rates.
Technology and FM: Integrating security systems
Today's Facility Manager
facility manager who had just completed the installation of a comprehensive
security system for a very large corporate campus shared some insights
recently. This install included a biometric access control system, more
than 100 security cameras (some with video analytics), a perimeter
intrusion system (this is a high-security campus) and license plate
recognition. While happy with the new capabilities of all these systems,
this manager had also encountered an unexpected challenge: information
LEED resources for facility managers
Building Operation Management
Peter Templeton, president of
the Green Building Certification Institute, explains the role of GBCI and
what it can offer facility managers.
Mold cleanup: Various methods for remediation
Building Services Management
variety of cleanup methods are available for remediating damage to building
materials and furnishings caused by moisture control problems and mold
growth. Whichever methods are used, a remediation plan should include steps
to fix the water or moisture problem — or the problem could reoccur.