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TitleThe Facility Manager's Handbook
PublisherFairmont Press; M. Dekker
ISBN 139780824709334
File Size1.5 MB
Total Pages362
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Real Estate
Chapter 2 Space Management
Chapter 3 Change Management
Chapter 4 Indoor Air Quality
Chapter 5 Emergency Preparedness
Chapter 6 Emergency Response Model Plan
Chapter 7 Communications Systems
Chapter 8 The Americans with Disabilities Act
Chapter 9 The Safety, Emergency Response & Hazard Communication Planning Program
Chapter 10 Bomb Threats
Chapter 11 Evacuation
Chapter 12 Fire/Life Safety
Appendix I ADA Checklist for New Lodging Facilities
Appendix II Checklist for Existing Facilities
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
Document Text Contents
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A. Specific policy statement.
B. Applicability.
C. Guidelines for policy administration.
D. Classification of misconduct (i.e., minor vs. serious of-

E. Classification of disciplinary action.
F. List of rules (of conduct)-examples of misconduct.
G. Retention of disciplinary actions.

Since this particular policy statement already address these
issues, it should be included in the plan itself, or at least refer-

Flexibility: Since a safety and health program must be
flexible enough to accommodate the myriad of changes that oc-
cur in the workplace, its safety and health plan must also be
flexible enough to reflect those changes. As a “working” docu-
ment, a company’s written plan must be flexible enough to ac-
commodate the changes to its safety and health program. The
change factors that influence an entity’s program may occur as
a result of new standards being introduced, revisions to existing
standards, as well as the host of changes that occur naturally
within a business setting.

In developing its essential elements for the effective safety
and health program, OSHA recognized the need for flexibility.
These elements provide the general direction that companies
should take in developing their programs, yet provide compa-
nies with the latitude to determine how each element will be


As previously noted, the written safety and health plan
does not have to be lengthy, nor does it have to be complicated.
However, consideration must be given to those “core” compo-
nents that are integral to effective safety and health program-
ming. As such, these “core” components must also be
addressed within the written plan, itself. These components are:

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Regulatory standards review in which all applicable in-
dustry mandates, including emergency action plans, are re-
viewed to ensure compliance with defined safe work processes,
practices, procedures and required employee training in same.

Policy review and development in which a review of a
company/facility’s existing policies is conducted to determine if
the issues of safety and health are appropriately addressed
within the context of business operations. Included in the policy
review, is the applicability of a company/facility’s “Rules of
Conduct/Discipline Policy.” This specific policy must be incor-
porated into the overall safety and health plan, so that all em-
ployees are aware of the company/facility’s serious
commitment to safety. Including this policy also ensure that
employees at all levels will understand that they will be held
accountable for meeting their safety responsibilities.

Regular worksite inspections provide facility managers
with the information needed to identify, as well as isolate any
problems that are either occurring, or that may occur in the
workplace. Routinely conducted, worksite inspections can iden-
tify any processes, practices and procedures that carry the po-
tential for accident and/or injury. Routinely inspecting
machinery, equipment and personal protective equipment can
also help facility managers in identifying potential and/or exist-
ing hazards that may have been either previously missed, or
which may have surfaced since previous inspections.

Documentation, which entails all aspects of a company/
facility’s operations, including safety and health programming,
is critical for several reasons. First, effective documentation of
all safety and health initiatives provides employers with the
means to track the company’s safety performance and to
modify and/or adapt operations, processes, procedures and
training when and where necessary to meet safety/health goals
and objectives. Second, effective documentation of all safety/
health initiatives, strategies and activities, demonstrates to en-
forcement agencies that the company/facility takes its commit-
ment to safety and health, seriously.

Training serves as the means for providing employees

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pesticides 8, 36, 37, 39, 46
plug-and-play 112

networks 110
Pollution Prevention Act 9
portable fire extinguishers 205
portable office 19
privacy spaces 19
proprietary fire alarm systems 204

radio frequency (RF) 113
radon 39, 47, 68
readily achievable 133
red carpet club offices 19
REITs 13
relief space 18
remote station fire alarm systems

removal of architectural barriers

Resource Conservation and Recov-

ery Act (RCRA) 9
roll-call method 199

safety and health plan 155, 166
safety plan 156
safety/security 21
SARA 7, 8
satellite offices and telecenters 18
search 181, 187, 197

units 181
search method 199
security 96, 174

patrols 177
self-inspections 164
shared closed offices 19
shared space 17
signage/wayfinding 20

signaling 202, 203
space requirements 21
standards for accessible design 127
state implementation plans (SIP’s)

superfund 6, 8

amendments 7
system modularity 20
system redundancy, durability, and

maintainability 20

task support 21
team or group address/co-location

team space 19
technological accommodation 21
technology 22
Telecommunications Industry As-

sociation (TIA) 109
teleworking/telecommuting 18
tenant/occupant issues 22
Title I 115, 116, 118, 128, 130
Title II 115, 116, 117, 118, 123, 125,

128, 130
Title III 115, 116, 117, 118, 127, 128,

134, 203
toxic release inventory 10
Toxic Substances Control Act 10
tuberculosis 120

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil

Rights Division 151
U.S. Department of Labor 6
U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA) 4
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Index 3 4 9

(FWS) 8
unassigned (non-territorial, just-in-

time) workspaces 19

undue burden 134
Uniform Federal Accessibility

Standard (UFAS) 127
universal planning 19

value 21
van-accessible parking spaces 152
vast open plan 19

views and vistas 20
virtual office 18
VOC 75, 78
volatile organic chemicals (formal-

dehyde, solvents, cleaning
agents) 48

volatile organic compounds 37, 38

wire handling 112
wireless technologies 110, 111, 112

zoned systems 110

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