MCIT will soon release the Facility Management Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide to provide members information and recommendations to help recognize and reduce hazards common to managing facilities, grounds and equipment.
Facility management is a demanding job that includes maintaining a safe environment for public employees and those who visit the public entity, as well as protecting the member’s property. This may encompass a number of locations and structures, requiring a wide variety of tasks, and involving several types of tools, chemicals and environments in which to work.
The nature of the work and the equipment used can sometimes expose people and property to harm. Keeping people safe and property intact is a priority. This guide provides information and recommendations to help recognize and reduce the hazards of the job and protect public entities from liability and loss.
Each of the 42 topics within the guide describes the safety exposures surrounding equipment and work tasks common in maintaining facilities. Best practices are outlined to help educate employees and reduce those exposures. The topics covered target specific equipment, work processes and policies or programs that should be in place as part of an overall safety program.
Each chapter also includes a check list or checkup. Check lists can be used as targeted safety audits. They can quickly identify safety hazards and allow for action items to be developed to remedy the identified exposures. A checkup
is a list that can be used to determine quickly if all the components of required policies and programs are in place.
As winter approaches certain steps should be undertaken to prepare for the coming cold, snow and ice. Winter Preparedness for Facilities includes resources and best practices to help plan for and prevent some of the most common and costly claims from occurring, typically related to:
- winter weather-related slip, trip and fall accidents
- freeze ups, such as leaking or burst pipes
- roof issues
Step Wisely to Prevent Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
The MCIT-developed Step Wisely program provides eye-catching materials highlighting smart safety habits employees and the public should practice to help prevent slip, trip and fall accidents and resulting injuries. Many items include good facility management and housekeeping practices. Learn more about the program and download materials from the Step Wisely page.
Boiler Inspections Are Part of MCIT Coverage
MCIT’s property/casualty coverage includes access to on-site equipment loss prevention activities and inspections required by law on boilers and pressure vessels. Learn more about this no-cost service on the Services page.
Chemicals in the Workplace
Understanding the hazards and safety measures of chemicals used in the workplace is essential to helping prevent serious employee injuries. MCIT provides resources to assist members in meeting their safety obligations related to chemicals in the workplace.
• Video: Chemical Hazards: Pocket Guide
• Resource Library article: OSHA: Employee Right to Know and Safety Data Sheets
• Resource Library article: Emergency Eye Wash Stations