Short-Staffing Due to COVID
Use all 5 Senses, Share Building Information
COVID is having a profound impact on building knowledge among facilities teams, many of which are still onsite every day, but may be short-staffed.
Large campuses demand vast building knowledge, but when you’ve been assigned to an unfamiliar building, that can be a challenge.
So how are facilities teams mitigating risks when making rounds? Using all five senses is important.
Here are a few areas to pay attention to with fewer general office employees/staff/visitors onsite due to COVID.
- Keep an eye out for dripping pipes and water stains in ceiling tiles.
- Take note if you see an expired tag on a fire extinguisher.
- Tag and share zonal shutoff locations when you find them in ceiling panels.
- Let your HVAC guys know if you hear strange sounds coming from one of the rooftop air handlers when you are up there.
- Let someone know if the drains are starting to smell in bathrooms due to lack of use.
- Note any strong gas smell in kitchens that haven’t been used in months.
Mitigating risk by sharing information seamlessly can be accomplished by a using mobile-first technology from ARC Facilities which puts all your building plans, equipment details and emergency info into the palm of your hand so everyone has access to facilities information 24/7/365.
For more suggestions about key areas to keep on your radar, here’s a winter facilities checklist.