Top resolutions for facility maintenance personnel in 2013

Top resolutions for facility maintenance personnel in 2013

The new year is drawing closer, and with it will come new challenges for facilities maintenance managers. But by committing to improve a few facets of facility management, personnel can ensure a strong and productive 2013.

KBM Facility Solution recently outlined the top goals to strive for in the new year for any facility management operation.

First, it may be a good idea to pilot a new project. Whether its an unexplored idea, process, procedure or product, testing new solutions can lead to revolutionary changes that may have gone unnoticed. Facility managers can look to contractors for expertise in various aspects of operations, which can also lead to innovations that will improve efficiency. Also, it will be important for maintenance officials to attend industry events that allow experts to share knowledge, which can help lower costs and establish a unique presence in the industry.

According to KBM, it will also be important for maintenance companies to refine their request for proposal process (RFP) in the new year.

"Before you put out a bid for cleaning services, carefully select and vet vendors. Narrow your participants to no more than five companies that you know could fulfill all aspects of compliance and may have other intangible benefits like certifications, cultural alignment or industry involvement," the group said in a release. "Vetting vendors in advance can save time and energy reviewing proposals and checking the references of unqualified vendors."

The company also noted it would be wise to increase the frequency of performing compliance audits. If outside contractors are used as a part of a maintenance management program, it is a good idea to understand what the contractor is benchmarking itself against. Managers should put in place benchmarks and key performance indicators that are agreed upon by both parties, and both should work together to improve alignment through better reporting tools.

Knowing the difference between "green" products and processes and "sustainable" ones will also be a major part of maintenance next year, the company said.

"Just because a product is marketed as 'green' doesn’t mean it is 'sustainable' for your business," KBM wrote. "For example, certain chemical concentrates might be 'green' because they eliminate water shipment, but if the concentrate is not properly diluted when used … it can result in waste or risk to employees."

In short, green products are usually a part of sustainable programs that are developed to create system-wide safety for employees and the environment.

The new year will give many businesses in the manufacturing industry a chance to ensure compliance with regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency. With the EPA ramping up its enforcement, it will be crucial for businesses to keep accurate and accessible records of all maintenance, to keep inspections from lingering on, leading to cost hikes. 

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