Facilities Management Expo 2017
Editorial brief for May issue JFM
We will be covering the following issues in the May issue of JFM:
Healthcare Facilities Management, Waste management strategies, building maintenance and plumbing and
Healthcare Facilities Management
Management and maintenance of healthcare facilities is of crucial importance to any facilities manager. If it’s
fit for purpose it will have three major areas that have been focused on – efficiency, safety and technology.
JFM will be taking a look at what are the intrinsic ingredients that go to make a successful and reputable
healthcare facility, and apart from examining the private healthcare system, we will also be taking a look at
what can be done to rehabilitate the much maligned state facilities.
We will also be looking at data storage. The records that hospitals and healthcare facilities must be maintained
for updates on patients. Most regulations require these records to be kept private, and there is an obligation
to guard them from other risks, such as fire damage. One solution to this problem is off-site storage, but on-
site storage can also be improved to maximise safety. At the heart of this is effective electronic record keeping.
Waiting areas for patients and hygienic washrooms are also an essential part of these facilities and need
It is up to the FMs to ensure that their buildings are maintained to preserve the asset and protect the building
occupants. Not only will regular, proper maintenance make the building a healthy and safe place to work, but
resale values are higher for properties that keep up with regular maintenance.
A commercial facility is exposed to all kinds of weather changes – rain, sun, wind and other natural elements.
Over time these natural occurring events have an adverse effect on roofs, windows, doors, paint, wood and
other building materials. Paint begins to peel. Doors warp, roofs leak. If left unattended, interior walls, floor
coverings and ceilings can be damaged, causing costly repairs.
Periodic inspection and maintenance of roofs, walls, gutters, drains and foundations is an investment in
controlling interior conditions as well as in preserving the building itself. A regular schedule for maintenance of
the exterior and interior of the building should be created and maintained with an ongoing log of building
problems and resolutions.
Plumbing & Washrooms
In any facility this is probably one of the most important areas for staff and visitors. It is probably also one of
the most neglected areas, with soap and paper regularly running out and not being replaced. FMs should also
be aware of the latest eco- friendly trends with regards to urinals. Faulty plumbing can also be the case of
blocked pipes leading to this area, and to be regularly inspected.
Cost saving is a top priority. The best time to implement features to save on restroom operating costs is during
the design process. Save on water costs with electronic faucets. While these units are more expensive than
manual faucets, cost savings produced by using less water recover this additional cost quickly. They also help
to improve sanitation and cleanliness. Being touchless also reduces wear from use and abuse.
Automatic flush valves for toilets and urinals are also an effective means of reducing water use in restrooms.
These flush valves also improve sanitation because they are touchless.
One of the biggest cost-savers is lighting. Occupancy sensors can reduce can reduce lighting energy use by as
much as 90%. Also look at installing isolation valves on every fixture and faucet in the restroom. Without these
valves entire restrooms have to be shut down when a single component is in need of replacement.
For finishing consider ceramic tiles as while expensive they are not subject to deterioration from exposure to
water and will typically not require any replacement.
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