Happy fall everyone. As the weather slowly turns cooler, and I do mean slowly, the heaters, holiday decorations, and flammable material seem to come out. What does that mean? Time to review your emergency evacuations for fire. Some of the things we should be doing is reviewing our preventive maintenance procedures to ensure we are following NFPA guidelines and local codes. This can be done a couple different ways; first would doing the preventive maintenance with inhouse staff. And, second would be outsourcing to a qualified company.
Now, the important thing to remember is whichever direction you take to complete the maintenance, you need to make sure you're following the local codes. If you have a question and want an independent party to answer, then your local fire department liaison or local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) would be the best person to ask. These folks are there to help you so don't be afraid to ask.
Also, don't forget that your egress doors and ailseways need to remain clear. That means snow and debris should not be blocking the door or path to safety. The egress doors should be checked regularly to ensure the are operating properly. Remember, safety first.
Please welcome Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA new members (September):
Edwynna Freeman Columbus State Community College
Chuck White DH Pace Inc.
Steve Mort Tremco Inc.
Jamie Dykes Steiner & Associates
Linda Dolan Havard Maintenance
Are you looking for a way to network with your fellow IFMA Central Ohio members and get more involved with the Chapter?
The Committees in IFMA Central Ohio are what makes the Chapter operate efficiently and effectively. We have a number of committees that need your help:
Programs- This committee selects, schedules and coordinates the monthly programs and tours for the Chapter. The Committee endeavors to help members increase their knowledge and expertise in facility management related topics. This is accomplished by providing programs and tours that bring to the forefront topics of facility management that pertain to the working environment.
Membership- This Committee promotes membership growth and retention by providing new member recruiting events and encouraging new and current members to be involved in chapter events and activities. The committee also conducts quarterly new member events, as well as assists in welcoming/registering attendees at Chapter programs, tours and events. Chapter co-chairs are Emily Kershaw and Lisa Davis.
Associate Membership - This Committee works with our associate members with questions and sponsorship opportunities. Associate members are an important part of the Chapter as we regularly tap into their knowledge base to help our Professionals receive the knowledge they need to perform their responsibilities. Current chair is Jeff Havens.
For those of you going to World Workplace (WWP), if you have a FMP, SFP or CFM there is networking event on Wednesday October 16 around 5:30 PM. You should have received an invite.
If you're going to WWP there are ample opportunities to take one of the afore mentioned courses.