Solutions to Roofing Emergencies & Repairs

A good roofing management program extends the life of the roof and maintains its ability to perform with minimal repair. 

Depending on your role in the property, you will need to communicate with your facility management team to confirm that this program is in place. It is important to keep an inventory of repair materials appropriate for the roofing system, as part of a regular maintenance program. This will facilitate quick repairs that can minimize damage.

Without consulting with your facilities team first about this program, roof leakage and property damage are likely, with repairs and replacement scheduled by crisis rather than by design.
Emergency Roofing RepairsThe best time to prepare for emergency repairs is before they are needed. Emergencies, by definition, require quick action, usually during severe weather that can cause dangerous conditions on the roof as well as inside. Electricity and water are a hazardous combination. It is important to protect occupants by closing off a…

Happy New Year 2019!

2018 was a year of advancement—from Leadership meeting with our Board to discuss current and future projects to the implementation of BOMI's new Learning Portal as an upgraded eLearning platform for learners. BOMI International continues to improve its practices and systems to better officiate your needs and career development.

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Learning & Development has been working to modernize and advance BOMI’s learning experiences and programs.

In May of 2018, BOMI unveiled our newest learning experiences: Online Self-Paced and Live Virtual Learning. Online Self-Paced (OSP) is an independent learning experience enhancing our current Self-Study delivery method by allowing learners the use of BOMI's Learning Portal. We’ve debuted five initial courses and are working on adding three more to the mix by Fall 2019!

In Fall 2018, we began an 11-part Live Virtual Learning (LVL)Pilot Series with Cushman & Wakefield. This program allowed Cushman & Wakefie…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, we spoke about the proper work practices, understanding specialized equipment, and implementing lockout/tagout procedures for electrical safety. The last guideline when working with or around electricity is being prepared if something were to go wrong.
Emergency ActionsIf emergency conditions caused by faulty electrical equipment arise, they must be addressed immediately. 

There are two steps to take in the following order:
1. Extinguish any threat to human safety or human life.
2. Address threats to equipment and other materials.
Human InvolvementWhen a person becomes the path of least resistance for an electric current, they must first be separated from the source of voltage. This is best accomplished by turning off the power to the circuit involved. Opening a circuit breaker or throwing a switch may be all that is required.

However, if the circuit can't be deenergized, the person must be removed from contact with the source. Under no circumstance…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series, we spoke about what electrical safety is and the proper work practices. The next two guidelines when working with or around electricity are understanding the specialized equipment and implementing lockout/tagout procedures.
Specialized Equipment: Definitions & How to Use A variety of safety equipment is designed specifically for use around energized electrical circuits.

Ground Cables: Placing a ground cable on a piece of equipment and connecting it to a ground (ex: water pipe or indicated ground) creates a path of least resistance through the ground cable and reduces the chance that your body will become a path. Some equipment incorporates grounding connections as part of the installation.

Insulating Material: When you are required to work with or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment, consider using these insulating materials: 
Special rubber gloves and other materials designed to withstand high voltages. Protective sleeves and shoulder p…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 1

Safety is a part of every job, but is especially important when working with or around potentially energized electrical equipment. Each year, approximately 1,000 people die in accidents related to electricity. More than half of these deaths occurred in cases where the voltage was less than 600 V. Under the right conditions, as little as 50 V can be fatal!

Most accidents occur because people are unaware of an electrical hazard, or they disregard safety rules. With the holiday season in full swing, it's important to know the standard safety practices to observe when working with electricity.

The first of four guidelines when working with or around electricity is adhering to proper work practices.

Never place yourself in a position where you might become part of a circuit. If you are not part of the circuit, the electricity will have to find another path to travel. To avoid becoming part of the circuit, you should follow these work practices.
Safety Begins with the Right Attitude Be aler…

What Defines Construction Contracts?

The terms construction documents and contract documents are often used interchangeably and casually in everyday practice. Technically, construction documents are two of several components of construction contract documents.
Construction Contract DocumentsIn a contractual sense, a construction contract consists of four separate types of documents:
The written legal agreement between the building owner and the builder.The construction drawings and specifications.The addenda to the drawings and/or specifications.Change orders to drawings, specifications, and/or the written legal agreement.Written Legal AgreementThe actual written agreement serves as a legal umbrella for a range of other documents that provide the specific details of what is to be accomplished. 

The written agreement outlines these specific components:
times of performanceresponsibilities of the general contractor (GC) to the building owner and subcontractorscost of constructionprocedures for creating, approving, and processi…

Don’t Write Off Good Business Writing

Communication skills are an essential part of any industry. Good business writing can communicate ideas in ways that neither spoken nor visual media can express. The written word carries the greatest authority and conveys the most credibility. 

Good business writing provides the following advantages to communication:
Ensures consistent, uniform delivery of your message.Enables you to communicate with those you cannot reach in person.Extends the useful life of your message by making your message more memorable.Provides a form of self-checking to assess whether your thoughts are clear and organized.Good writing is built on good ideas, but good ideas do not automatically produce good writing. If your ideas are mediocre, no amount of skill can conceal this weakness. 

Good business writing requires these four foundations:
Clear organization of your thoughts.Logical development of an argument.Appropriate writing style and vocabulary.Attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax.1. Cle…