Facility management is one of the fastest growing professional and operational disciplines worldwide and it requires some global consistency. So this is where ISO 41001 is critical.
ISO 41001 is the international standard for a Facility Management (FM) system. It provides a framework to develop, implement and maintain effective facilities management across different sectors worldwide. The benefits include:
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A consistent FM approach across locations, sites and facilities – one that supports in-house delivery and provides procurement teams a benchmark to measure competency of FM providers – is where ISO 41001 is useful. It provides a framework to develop, implement and maintain effective facilities management. It helps recognise the scope of responsibilities and create a successful management structure, and identifies appropriate resources to fulfil the needs of stakeholders. Lastly, certified FM companies outperformed the market 100+% (Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management).
Firstly, ISO 41001 raises the professional profile of FM as it provides a way to recognise the value of FM in strategic planning for future direction. Furthermore, ISO 41001can be used to demonstrate the alignment of FM with these strategies and direction.
In an era of ever-increasing global exposure, organisations need to align with common principles and concepts to demonstrate capability that is consistent with other comparable facilities around the world. ISO 41001 is a tool that the necessary framework.
ISO 41001 provides a systematic approach. This requires you to continually review your service delivery and assets to ensure effective operations. It also requires that you minimise unnecessary cost and derive tangible value for the facilities you manage.
Within the standard there are numerous elements of ISO 14001 that are required to be met by organisations seeking formal recognition for their EMS. General requirements include:
Here is a link to a handy checklist so you don’t waste time and money trying to get it right without guidance.
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