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Facility Manager's Handbook

1st Edition

By Joseph F. Gustin

Fairmont Press

364 pages

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Hardback: 9780824709334
pub: 2002-11-20
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The "bricks and mortar" issues of facility management - HVAC, lighting, electrical, plumbing, space allocation, security and grounds maintenance - continue to be at the core the facility manager's role. However, the processes involved in addressing these areas have become more complex. The proliferation of regulatory mandates, worker compensation issues, increased employee litigation, and violence in the workplace have redefined the role of the facility manager beyond "gatekeeper" to that of full-scale operations manager.

Today's corporations, organizations, and business partnerships invest heavily in their physical plants. It naturally follows that they expect to maximize the return on their investment. Facility managers are seen as the catalysts for ensuring that optimal return.

The Facility Manager's Handbook addresses all of these issues, and provides a multitude of tested ideas, procedures and examples for successfully and cost-effectively managing facility operations. Written in a plain-language, reader-friendly style, it provides a panoramic view of the process by isolating the key areas the facility manager must address, including real estate, space and change management, indoor air quality, emergency preparedness and response planning, communications systems, regulatory mandates and more.

Table of Contents

Real Estate

Governmental Factors

Regulatory & Compliance Issues

Environmental Protection

Federal Environmental Laws

States' Environmental Laws



Property Appraisals

Space Management

Problem Identification

Space Planning Concepts


Tenant / Occupant Issues


Change Management

Change Management Strategy

Effectiveness of the Communications Strategy

Making the Strategy Work

Indoor Air Quality

Basics of Indoor Air Quality

Elements of Indoor Air Quality


Human Activities

Building Components & Furnishings

Other Sources

Effective Communication

Communication: A Key to Resolving IAQ Problems

Creating an IAQ Profile

Sample IAQ Problems & Solutions

Emergency Preparedness

Key Elements in Emergency Preparedness

Planning for Potential Disasters

Emergency Response Model Plan

Using the Model Plan

Statement of Purpose

Emergency Management Group

Emergency Notification & Reporting

Warning/Alarm Systems

Fire Safety


Maintaining Vital Operations

Communications Systems

Minimum Space Requirements

Types of Distribution Systems

The Americans with Disabilities Act


Title I & the Facility Manager

Title II & the Facility Manager

Title III & the Facility Manager

The Safety, Emergency Response & Hazard Communication Planning Program


Elements & Scope of the Written Safety Plan

Getting Started

Writing the Safety & Health Plan! How to Do It

Putting the Plan Together

Bomb Threats

The Nature of Bombs

Bomb Threats

Security Against Bomb Incidents

Responding to Bomb Threats

Evacuation & Search

Media Relations




Bomb Threats

Evacuation & Search Units

Additional Considerations


Prevention Issues & Response Measures

Fire Protection Systems

General Work Environment

Electrical System Components

Building Classifications

Hazard Classification

Appendix I - ADA Checklist for New Lodging Facilities

Appendix II - Checklist for Existing Facilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

Appendix III - Building Air Quality Action Plan Verification Checklist

Appendix IV - Indoor Air Quality Forms

Appendix V - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Glossary of Terms

Appendix VI - Accessible Furniture


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Facility Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering