One aspect of the works of facility manager is to take precedence over the rest i.e. maintenance of fire protection systems and human safety. In budget meetings, these are the items that are approved instantly.
A facility manager is responsible for repairs, maintenance, and testing of fire protection and human safety systems. One of the causes of the preeminence of this aspect of the work of the facility manager is the issue of responsibility. The risk is real and must be handled. The central importance of the risk management is widely recognized.
Health, human security and emergency response are considered central competencies of the professional facilities management managers. Risk mitigation is integral to everything a facilities management manager does and everything is viewed from that perspective.
To begin, facility managers become familiar with systems that have actually been installed in the building. Often, the new facility manager of an existing building can inherit a group of aggregate systems. So much care is taken in evaluating what is already installed, whether it is interoperable or not, and at what stage it is within the expectation of its useful life. In new constructions such as in additional space projects, the facility manager can help system designers understand the use of space and the needs of occupants in order to install the appropriate systems.
The facility manager is also familiar with applicable codes, maintenance steps required by the manufacturer and any other maintenance requirements required by the local jurisdiction. Likewise, any recommendation requested by the insurance company is also within the competence orbit of the facilities manager.
With globalization, one aspect that has an effect on which systems are maintained, is the standard practice. When multinational corporations open new branches, the local codes are complied to achieve uniformity and additional measures are also used if needed.
The tasks of the facility manager in relation to the fire safety and human safety continue through testing and preventive maintenance of systems with a regular schedule. Some might say that there is no provision for maintenance, repairs and testing, but it is not the job of the fire department to maintain such systems. It is the facility manager’s job to keep abreast of the testing and maintenance requirements of their systems.
Since fire protection and human safety systems are aspects of a building that anyone would expect to not have to use, they may be relegated to the heads of many people. But good installation managers are always on the lookout for such safety systems, from daily visual control during their guard rounds to routine pressure-control checks or testing for proper strobe and sirens.