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FM in educational institutions is a class apart

Health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff underpin every aspect of FM in the educational facilities, says Ashwini Walawalkar – Country Head, Technique Control Facility Management.

Key challenges

These include developing robust business continuity plans, training children and staff for emergency response, raising student awareness about prevention, coordinating with housekeeping teams, recruiting skilled manpower, teaching basic etiquette and integrating cleaning machines.

Facility managers must prioritise safety and efficiency by implementing training programs, fostering effective communication, attracting qualified personnel, assessing the cost-benefits of technology, and promoting a culture of responsibility.

Residential schools

Facility management at schools with residential facilities poses additional challenges due to 24/7 operational demands and the need to prioritise student well-being and safety. They are responsible for creating a safe and secure living environment, including managing dormitory facilities, implementing appropriate security measures, and promoting student health and well-being.

The dedicated facility staff diligently uphold hygiene standards by maintaining a safe distance from the students, ensuring a healthy environment free from any potential contact-related concerns. Additionally, they must coordinate with academic staff to integrate facility management practices into residential life.

Commitment to safety

We conduct thorough due diligence on-site from an EHS perspective, including HIRA and COSHH assessments. This enables us to proactively address potential risks and hazards. We also conduct first aid training, fire evacuation drills, and teach our staff and students to handle equipment like extinguishers, etc.

Products & processes

Cleaning processes and equipment in educational institutions are unique due to their emphasis on safety, hygiene and age-appropriate cleaning. These institutions prioritise the well-being of students and staff with rigorous cleaning protocols and disinfection practices using approved cleaning agents.

To enhance efficiency and reduce dependency on manpower, we offer automated cleaning machines, resulting in more effective cleaning with fewer personnel involved. Additionally, we develop comprehensive contingency plans to respond to any unforeseen eventualities swiftly and efficiently.

Moreover, cleaning activities are scheduled to minimise disruption to academic activities, ensuring a non-disruptive learning environment. The use of specialised equipment such as battery-operated machines, quiet vacuum cleaners and low-impact floor scrubbers contributes to a clean and healthy space.

Green schools

We can take our learnings from managing some of the largest business parks in Asia and deliver these learnings to schools. Since most of this portfolio is certified by bodies like LEED, GRESB, etc., we understand what goes into managing such spaces.

We can contribute by implementing environment-friendly practices such as energy-efficient lighting systems, water-saving fixtures, waste management strategies and eco-friendly cleaning processes. We also contribute with energy audits, implement renewable energy solutions, promote recycling initiatives and provide training on sustainability practices to the school staff and students.

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