Magazine article Personnel Journal

The U.S. Workplace Is Lean, Mean - and Green?

Magazine article Personnel Journal

The U.S. Workplace Is Lean, Mean - and Green?

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WORKPLACE SMOKING IS down. Energy efficiency is up. Companies are definitely heading to greener pastures, according to 3,000 surveyed members of the International Facility Management Association. The organization's "Environmental Issues in the Workplace II" study revealed that most facility professionals are actively focusing on environmental issues in the workplace.

Attitudes have improved since the group's 1991 study. For instance, 71% of facilities prohibit smoking in all areas of their building, compared to 42% in 1991.

In response to another air-quality concern, 57% of the respondents reported they're monitoring for health problems related to indoor air quality, compared with 44% in 1991. Thirty-one percent of the respondents reported they have indoor air-quality management or improvement plans in place, while 47% intend to develop a plan. In addition, significantly more facilities are checking their air for contaminants--77% compared to 63% in 1991.

Water quality is also a big issue among IFMA members. According to the study, 81% of facilities surveyed treat their chilled water supplies, while 76% test it for impurities at least once a month. …

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