People start to realize the importance of acoustic control in the workplace after sometimes when open office concept became a trend years ago. Inspired by technology companies like Microsoft and Apple, an open workplace filled with comfort couches, fancy furniture, industrial-design hanging lamps, visible pipes and whitewashed brick wall was once a dream workplace for many millennials.
However, sooner or later, executives and employees who were impacted by the poor acoustics control in an open-plan office started to notice noise problems. Telephone calls, typing, office equipment like printers, repeated doors and lifts opening and closing and chatters can be sources of noise and interruption. Continue reading “Acoustic Control in the Workplace”
Working remotely is not a new norm amidst COVID-19. However, with the implementation of circuit breaker from 7 April to 1 June 2020 to contain the spreading of COVID-19, it has caused companies from non-essential sectors to execute work-from-home, or telecommuting policy with almost immediate effect. While companies which do not have a business continuity plan on remote working policy in place have to struggle to comply with this “sudden” regulatory requirements, as an employee who has not or rarely experienced working remotely, what can we do to uphold our productivity while working in a totally different environment? Here are a few tips. Continue reading “Best Practices for Working Remotely”
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a common health concern. People’s health and wellbeing might be affected by the places where they work or reside. The amount of time they spend inside these buildings could determine the severity of the syndrome. The syndrome these people are experiencing may disappear after they leave the buildings. The major contributors for sick building syndrome are poor indoor air quality, toxic gases, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and mould. Continue reading “Features and Characteristics of Sick Building”
A house or place of worship is any building or other place where people gather and perform activities associated with a religion. Places of worship can include churches, temples, monasteries, synagogues, mosques, and similar places of worship. The reopening of houses or places of worship during the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus should not be interpreted as lessening of the threat of the virus. Failure to adhere to appropriate safeguards during such services, could result in the continued spread of the virus. Some urban religious facilities are residence to viral and antibody testing of undocumented and indigent people for the novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2 virus. This document focuses on those houses of worship where people gather for religious services, rather than religious services found in the home. Other activities associated with religious organizations can include schooling, temporary sheltering and/or feeding for the needy, business meetings, conferences, retreats, and other social gatherings for cultural and sporting activities. Many of these same recommendations provided in this document can apply to these extended venues. This guide helps address some of the pressing questions houses of worship may have, including: Continue reading “Reopening Guidance for Worship Services and Religious Gatherings”