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Best Practices for Reopening a Business

Back to Work COVID-19 Reopening
National Safety Month Part 2

This blog features suggestions for safely reopening a business. It does not constitute legal advice. (After all; I’m not a lawyer. I’m a dog. In fact, I’m a virtual dog.)

Earlier this month, we started a two-part series marking June as National Safety Month. In part one, we focused on ways to keep people safe during a pandemic. To read the first entry in the two-part series, click here. This week, we conclude the series by focusing on best practices for reopening a business after the Coronavirus lockdown. I’m glad the lockdowns are currently behind us. I grow stir crazy spending all of my time in the doghouse. Continue reading “Best Practices for Reopening a Business”

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Happy National Safety Month

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As a result of the Coronavirus, workplace health and safety are top of mind for building owners and managers around the world. I think I speak for the rest of the dogs in the world. We are thinking more about bacon than COVID-19. In the United States, where the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System is based, we observe National Safety Month each June. Even so, the National Safety Council reports that one worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. What’s more; emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere – not just in the workplace between the hours of 9 and 5. In years past, the awareness event shined a spotlight on safety-related topics such as mental health, ergonomics, building a safety culture, and driving. But perhaps more relevant this year is the focus on everyone’s minds – how to keep people safe during a pandemic. Continue reading “Happy National Safety Month”

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COVID-19 Safety for High-Rise Buildings

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The following information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. For guidance about how to comply with Coronavirus regulations relative to your high-rise facility, please contact state and/or local government officials such as OSHA and/or facility management.

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Happy Building Safety Month

AdobeStock_199481761For 40 years, the International Code Council (ICC) has celebrated advances in the construction of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes each May, during Building Safety Month. Meant to raise awareness about building safety, this year’s campaign theme is Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World. I think they should also call attention to doghouse safety. As most buildings are currently shuttered due to COVID-19, the first week’s virtual events focused on: “Disaster Preparedness, Building Codes and America’s Response to COVID-19.” Week 2 will cover water safety. Week 3, Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation. And Week 4: Training the Next Generation. Continue reading “Happy Building Safety Month”

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Great Time for Online Training!

Online Fire Life Safety Training Blog
Nationwide lockdowns associated with COVID-19 have driven millions to desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones to pass the time. Personally, I prefer to pass the time watching animated dog movies. Chief among their digital pursuits is online training. At Allied Universal, we can confirm the upward trend relative to our own online fire life safety training. An influx of subscribers has started taking advantage of our training modules, which are available 24/7. Continue reading “Great Time for Online Training!”

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Happy Distracted Driving Month

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Since the nation is effectively locked down because of the Coronavirus, fewer vehicles will be on American roads in April 2020 than at any other time in modern history. Even so, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I didn’t spend much time behind the wheel of a car even before COVID-19. It’s difficult to drive without opposable thumbs. Allow us to take advantage of this time of reflection to share the myriad reasons you should drive free from distraction when you are back on the open road (or before then – when you head to the store during the quarantine to stock up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer and dog treats). Continue reading “Happy Distracted Driving Month”

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Cybersecurity Implications

Dogs and Cats Social Distancing

To practice social distancing in light of COVID-19, and at the behest of their employers, millions of people are working remotely. Dogs and cats have been practicing social distancing for years! It’s great! Virtual environments come with perks, such as eliminating commutes, offering quality time with pets and providing easy access to snacks. I’m all for easy access to snacks in the real world, too. But the shift also begets copious cybersecurity threats. This is noteworthy because data breaches were already on the rise before the pandemic hit. According to a 2019 report, 7.9 billion records were exposed by data breaches in the first nine months of 2019. This figure is more than double (112%) the number of records exposed in the same period in 2018. Continue reading “Coronavirus Pandemic: Cybersecurity Implications”

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Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Coronavirus Safety TipsIf you’re getting tired of hearing about the Coronavirus, you’re in good company. For the past several months, writers, news anchors and talk show hosts have been covering the topic ad nauseum. I’ve even heard it mentioned during the Twilight Bark. But, like it or not, the subject probably won’t likely disappear from headlines anytime soon. The most recent data available, on Worldometer, reports 77,272 people have been diagnosed with the illness, officially named Covid-19. The death toll stands at 2,250. What’s more, there are reports of canine strains. Continue reading “Coronavirus: What You Need to Know”

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Happy American Heart Month

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Earlier this month, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolate candy and romantic meals. Personally, I prefer bacon to celebrate pretty much any holiday. And every 40 seconds this month (and every month thereafter), an American will suffer a heart attack. Although these events are seemingly unrelated, the American Heart Association (AHA) contends that lifestyle is the leading contributor to heart disease. Continue reading “Happy American Heart Month”

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Stalking Awareness

RJ Body ShotOut of respect for victims of stalking, I have refrained from using my usual “firedog-isms” in this post.

January 2020 marks the 16th Annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), a call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. Organized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the campaign is extremely important  because, although most people have heard the term, few understand the serious nature and prevalence of stalking-related incidents in the United States. Continue reading “Stalking Awareness”