Articles by Jeannea Jones
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sustainability has been around for a while, and the most common connection is energy. We spend energy with most every task during a workday, and custodial services are no exception. Past trends have been to have janitorial services arrive as the tenant leaves for the day.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Arc flash is the result of an electrical fault (such as a voltage source contacting a grounding source), and it presents an extremely hazardous condition. The light and heat energy produces sufficient electrical energy to cause substantial damage, fire, injury or death.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
5S was established in Japan as five pillars of progress to create a lean methodology for inventory management: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, shitsuke. These Japanese pillars have been identified as one of the techniques that enabled "just in time" manufacturing, and they have been translated into several American versions with various "S" themes.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Preparing for summer storms is not always easy as the weather can be unpredictable. Cleanup from summer storms can also equate to increased overtime, so it is important that grounds professionals be as proactive as possible when it comes to weather changes and preparation.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Much of today's workforce is much less "connected," and our work environments are often decentralized to an even greater degree. In these settings, the technician must be able to work responsibly with autonomy.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Roofs protect our facilities and the assets they hold from punishing elements such as wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow and excessive heat. Although they appear to quietly endure extreme conditions, they actually may be trying to communicate their need for help. Those extreme conditions contribute to deterioration, which increases the risk of exposure beneath their covering.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lighting levels impact many aspects of human performance such as vision, cognition and mood, thus the effects on productivity in the workplace or learning in a classroom environment cannot be dismissed without impact.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Facility management encompasses numerous services, including plant operations and maintenance; custodial; grounds, landscape and sports field maintenance. All of these services impact the quality of life for people. Recognizing that the physical working, learning and living environment is critical serves as a fundamental competitive asset in the world today.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Submetering allows for monitoring of the electrical consumption of individual components within a building, such as heating and cooling systems, lighting, refrigeration and more. This method utilizes individual "submeters" that allow facility managers to observe the energy use and performance of their equipment, creating opportunities for energy and capital expenditure savings.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
As with most things in life, an offensive position yields better results than a defensive one. The same holds true in facility management. Plant operations and maintenance personnel encounter reactive situations on a daily basis, but the wise FM professional who approaches service from a proactive position will be able to avert many equipment failures and down time.