O&M for MEP:  What Do These Acronyms Mean?

O&M for MEP: What Do These Acronyms Mean?

O&M for MEP What?!?  We have so many acronyms in this business!  Okay - so, MEP refers to services for Mechanical (most commonly referred to as HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning), Electrical, and Plumbing.  As a facility manager, you will definitely...

Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Emergency Management - Part III of A Safety Program in Facility Management Emergency management is the proactive planning and management of unscheduled events or natural disasters that can impact occupants, operations, or the facilities you manage.  This article is...

The Job Hazard Analysis

The Job Hazard Analysis

The Job Hazard Analysis- Part II of A Safety Program in Facility Management One requirement from OSHA is that every employer must conduct a hazard assessment.  The tool to use in order to meet this requirement is called a job hazard analysis (JHA) (sometimes also...

A Safety Program in Facility Management

A Safety Program in Facility Management

A Safety Program in Facility Management Life, Health, Safety (LHS) refers to all of the facility’s systems that preserve and protect the life, health, and safety of the occupants and facilities you manage.  Your scope in LHS as a facility manager can vary greatly.  If...

What is the Asset Life-Cycle?

What is the Asset Life-Cycle?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article entitled, When to Replace Facility Assets.  I realized that it really didn't paint the full picture of replacements strategies throughout your facilities.  As Facility Managers, we must be cognizant of what we call the...

When To Replace Facility Assets

When To Replace Facility Assets

One of the hardest things to do as a facility manager is understanding when to replace facility assets.  First mastering this, then arguing for timely life-cycle replacements becomes confusing -- quickly.  If you replace them too soon, you're wasting valuable...

I Know What O&M Is!  Now What???

I Know What O&M Is! Now What???

Have you ever found yourself thinking, "I know what O&M is! Now What?"  What I mean is, you understand the basics of operations and maintenance, but that really doesn't translate into the specifics of exactly what your facility needs in relation to O&M.  Each facility...

What is a CMMS?

What is a CMMS?

What is a CMMS? A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is a software package that maintains and manages information about the facility’s maintenance operation. The CMMS can be hosted locally or on the web.  Local hosting of the CMMS typically requires the...

Operations and Maintenance: What is O&M?

Operations and Maintenance: What is O&M?

This topic has received a lot of attention over the past months.  I think it is important to revisit it from time to time.  Please let me know your thoughts and where you stand with it. Operations and Maintenance (O&M) is an all-encompassing topic.  The term is used...

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