How facilities management is a safeguard during outbreaks
March 8, 2020

Procedures do protect homes and communities against the unforeseen

The management of facilities is integral to protecting and easing people’s lives. Moreover, facilities management as an industry has to do so on an institutional level which involves multiple stakeholders, including individual property owners, end users, and communities.

Whether it be during times of crisis in dealing with any outbreaks, natural disasters, or other exigencies, facilities management protects lives by providing key guiding principles for sustainable living, with a focus on health and safety. Its expertise and standard operating procedures help with ensuring the provision of quality services.

Importance of hygiene

In today’s context with the global fears of the coronavirus disease or, for that matter, in any other future epidemic outbreak, can for sure, reduce the risks.

Facilities Management has an embedded disaster management regime to contain damage from an outbreak and can help beyond individuals and communities to assist in containing it and its potential catastrophic spread.

Standards that are applied for cleaning environments are beneficial in such situations. Ordinary people can use these measures in times of such disasters. A good facilities management framework helps individuals in regular routines such as cleaning chores, sanitation safeguards, and waste clearing. All this helps to control the outbreak and builds true sustainability that can prevent it.

In the latest epidemic, the importance of basic hygiene was felt by all. During these times, facilities management emerged as the most common tool to stop its spread.

The guiding principles have set the foundation of a framework that holds good for the environment, community, public buildings, infrastructure and homes. This not only sets facilities upkeep standards but builds the foundation for a sustainable operating procedure that is beyond maintenance.

This involves air quality controls, water purification and waste disposal as these are done for taking measures to contain the primary sources of outbreaks whether it be from the air, water, or waste.

Start from home

At such times, the primary deterrent for us is to maintain good hygiene both in homes and in the neighbourhood, as any of these can be the source of contamination. Facilities management standards not only help in the prevention but sets the foundation of a more predictive approach. Cleanliness at home and sanitisation is only a deterrent.

Some common facilities management directives support all preventative measures in any community to protect itself from any unforeseen contamination.

They include deep cleaning and duct cleaning, ensuring air quality, daily housekeeping chores and sanitisation, treatment of water in tanks/pipes, purification through cleaning agents, efficient waste management and disposal, among others. What is evident is that most facilities management standards dealing with contamination are simple standard operating procedures that can assure healthier results for all.

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