At Benchmark Environmental Engineering, we can help you keep your properties safe for both employees and residents through well developed multi-family Operations and Maintenance plans (O&M). If you own or manage multifamily properties in the San Jose area, we invite you to learn more about how these plans can be an essential resource and form of protection for you.
What Is An Operations & Maintenance Plan?
O&M Plans cover how and when certain types of maintenance should occur to avoid problems. They are preventative measures. An Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program for asbestos, for example, is a formulated plan of training, cleaning, work practices, and surveillance to maintain asbestos-containing materials (ACM) within buildings in good condition.
- Monitor For Materials Of Concern (Asbestos, Mold, Lead Paint, etc.)
- Prevent Initial Or Further Property Contamination Or Damage
- Ensure Materials Handling By Trained Personnel
- Ensure Proper Cleanup Of Contaminants
- Keep Property In Good Condition
Setting The Standard For Safety
When you define procedures ahead of time, employees and maintenance personnel know how to act in order to prevent or service incidents at your properties.
You let them know what to watch out for, how often to inspect specific areas or materials, and what maintenance tasks need to be performed. There’s no need for confusion or guessing games when it comes to keeping your tenants safe and your liability as low as possible.
When your residents feel safe and happy where they are, you avoid vacancies and high turn over rates. An added bonus of a proper operation and maintenance plan.
Examples Of Good Operations & Maintenance For Asbestos
If you manage older condos, apartments, or townhouses, there may be a concern of asbestos exposure for your tenants, managers, and maintenance staff. So, your asbestos Operations and Maintenance program would consist of a multi-tiered approach.
Plans For Awareness, Remediation & Handling
Resident awareness and regularly inspecting any known asbestos-containing materials (ACM) for damage would add to plans for safe renovation or remediation where necessary. The proper steps to take during regular repairs would be set down and used to train new staff.
Inspection Routines & Careful Repair Instruction
Your O&M Program might include, for example, regular inspection of pipe insulation or ceiling tiles. Materials may be developed to train cleaning staff for safe procedures around ACM. You could also include a checklist of steps to take if damage has occurred or asbestos fibers have been released into the air to reduce or eliminate exposure.
Being able to turn to these pre-developed procedures means workers at multiple levels know what to do in each situation, every single time.
Your San Jose Source For Testing, Inspect & Planning
Let us help you develop effective operations & planning procedures for your multifamily properties. Contact us today to find out how we can help you protect yourself and your occupants with clear, effective strategies for safety. At Benchmark Environmental Engineering, we can help you throughout the San Jose area of California.