THE ROLE OF FACILITY MANAGEMENT IN EDUCATION SECTORS
Besides that, multipurpose facilities are provided not only for student academics but also to cater for members of the surrounding community especially after school hours in which they are able to access and utilise the school facility areas. The education institution wants to bring the communities closer to schools. Tools, supplies and equipment are necessary for education use and serve a various purpose that enables students to learn such as providing computers in computer labs, microscope, tubes, chemical for experiments in laboratories and even sports equipment. The teachers and students used restrooms, cafeteria, workshops, offices, laboratories, classrooms, etc. Providing a integrated facility management service in the school building is equally important because it can encourage creativity and flexibility for students and staff alike.
THE EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE
Education institutional managers must plan for facility management that caters the facility needs in school or campuses. The institutions should respond to specific emergency situations such as natural disasters (earthquakes, typhoon, floods, etc.), internal disasters (fire outbreak, shooting etc.) and disruption of services (electricity or water breakdown, etc.). Some institutional facilities break down and need immediate repairs to solve the facility problem. The institutions would find it difficult to repair because it can incur high cost since the building facilities are poorly maintained in the first place. What makes matter worse is when the accidents caused injury or death to students, teachers and employees. The learning environment and teaching process would be disrupted and delayed until the damaged are fully repaired. The damages will significantly and adversely impact the reputation of the institutions, their core values, financials and would further risk the campus population. For example, without professional maintenance services in place, hazardous material spills incident can cause an infectious outbreak and without proper exit plans, mass casualty would be a possibility. Regular building safety inspections on emergency services, electrical, gas and water services are the necessary steps to ensure the safety and health aspects of the educational campus population.
THE PRE-PLANNED ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
This is scheduled comprehensive maintenance which shall be undertaken periodically such as daily, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annually. The school management should comply with the schedule on a regular and regimented basis to prevent equipment and facility breakdown. These are the following examples of pre-planned routine maintenance:
- The cleaners should perform day to day cleaning duties throughout the school facilities.
- The grounds care or gardeners are responsible for managing the cleaning, leaves the collection, drain cleaning, landscaping up-keeping of the lawns and hedges of the institutions.
- Maintenance employees undertake regular maintenance inspections, fix-up broken furniture, equipment or damaged doors and even repainting the buildings etc.
- Professional security staff are recruited to patrol the campus from time-to-time on vandalism of the institutions’ assets, protect students from various hazards or gang fights and random security checks to avoid prohibited items and unauthorised people from entering the premises.
THE PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE
Besides the maintenance that follows immediately after each occurrence of emergencies and the pre-planned regular maintenance, there is also the predictive maintenance. This category of trouble-shooting maintenance system relies on the study of forecasting techniques and pre-emptive behaviour analysis of the building maintenance system. Data from the maintenance services are collated and undergone tatistical analysis in order to provide comprehensive forecasting and pre-empting events that could occur under a certain set of permutations and combinations.
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