New standard for facility management

May 4th, 2018, Published in Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT

Concerned with the management, operation and maintenance of an organisation’s facilities, facility management is a discipline that needs to balance the rapidly changing needs and demands of the various stakeholders it serves with effective, safe and sustainable business needs. It affects the health and well-being of all those who come in contact with an organisation and covers a wide range of areas including occupancy costs, use of space, maintenance, security, cleanliness, the environment and more.

ISO 41001 Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, has just been published to help facility management teams to achieve optimum efficiency. Drawing on international best practice, the new management system standard constitutes a benchmark for developing and driving an effective strategic, tactical and operational facility management regime. It will also assist organisations seeking to outsource facility management, as those providers who can demonstrate compliance with the standard will provide them with an assurance regarding their approach and processes.

The standard will assist organisations in a number of ways by establishing a common approach and a set of processes that can be referred to around the world.

The benefits of an integrated system standard for facility management include improved workforce productivity, safety and health and well-being; improved communication of requirements and methodologies among and between public and private sector organisations and improved efficiency and effectiveness, so improving cost benefits to organisations. It also helps to improve service consistency and provides a common platform for all types of organisation.

This document is applicable to any organization wishing to establish, implement, maintain and improve an integrated FM system and assure itself of conformity with its stated management policy. It will also assist organisations wanting to demonstrate conformity with this document.

Contact Katie Bird, ISO, bird@iso.org