The Growing Focus on Regulatory Compliance

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Regulations Facility managers have seen a recent shift in the emphasis on regulatory compliance when it comes to their facilities. It’s beginning to rank higher on the priority scales of facility managers due to its importance and significant impact on their departments.

In fact, in an article on Facilitiesnet.com, President Jeffery Camplin of Camplin Environmental Services states that it’s no surprise that managers say compliance will become an even higher priority. He also says, “This is really how (technicians) do their jobs. These guys are using ladders and lifts all the time for worker protection, the ventilation systems are operating, and you’ve got electrical issues and fire-protection issues that are continually ongoing.”

Keep reading to find out more about compliance regulations, common challenges, and the areas where facility managers are focusing today.

Common Challenges

The complications that facility managers face typically revolve around the same core of common challenges. They can be broken down into four categories: worker protection, environmental protection, public health protection, and building protection. Find out more about what each of these categories entails.

  • Worker Protection: Worker protection regulations include the standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or from the individual state. The most common types of compliance topics include exposure to environmental hazards and equipment safety.
  • Environmental Protection: Environmental protection compliance involve state or federal environmental protection laws that address the pollution of air, land, and water. These laws can include asbestos, lead paint, wastewater discharge, air emissions, and chemical waste disposal.
  • Public Health Protection: These regulations include those from the individual city, county, or state or the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The variation types of issues can include handwashing and hygiene, sanitation, pest control, and preparation for emergencies, as well as emergency response.
  • Building Protection: Building protection involves various codes and standards that include fire safety, scaffolding, aerial lifts, electrical systems, and HVAC system design.

Areas of Focus

While these regulations are common challenges, it’s important that facility managers address them and ensure successful compliance. Learn some tips to make sure that managers are addressing these challenges.

First, it’s crucial that managers understand the regulations and why they’re challenging to adhere to. Once they have a thorough understanding of the regulations, it’s beneficial for them to prioritize the issues that require the most attention.

By exploring the annual list of regulatory violations that OSHA publishes, managers can determine the most common violations. They can then focus their efforts on adhering to those regulations.

Facility managers should also remember that regular facility inspections must occur to ensure that everything is working properly and nothing is breaking regulations.

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