Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans and is celebrated with parties, parades, and athletic events.
It is also a time to prepare for the change of seasons and the effects the weather has on facilities, plants and properties. Facility managers start to look at their assets and wonder if they are equipped to handle the changing months ahead.
- Does your crew have a documented list of changes made throughout the year on all assets?
- Are you a reactive or preventive person when it comes to your facility?
- Are you spending more year over year on repairing rather than preventing problems?
These questions can be addressed with a single solution, an EAM/CMMS system with a proper checklist.
CMMS Seasonal Checklist
Labor Day signifies a change in seasons and weather; companies need to inspect their assets to make sure the necessary steps are taken to protect or replace said assets.
Below is checklist of items that need attention during the weather change:
- Constantly inspecting roofs and storm drains for debris and leaf buildup
- Inspecting chimneys and other heating vents to ensure adequate and safe ventilation
- Inspecting, performing maintenance and testing of HVAC/heating pumps filters and coils
- Inspect and repair paved surfaces to protect against potholes and the damages they can cause to fleet or guest vehicles
- Scheduling the weatherproofing of pools and spas
- Make sure generators are in working condition and will operate efficiently
- Inspect seasonal assets not used during the winter months to protect from freeze damage
Seasonal Preparation with an EAM/CMMS
Asset and maintenance managers have two choices for making sure that all the inspections, preventive maintenance and minor repairs are completed before the weather takes a turn. They can prepare checklists, work requests and work orders manually or make use of modern tools like an EAM/CMMS. Manual procedures present the obvious: they are time consuming, leave a poor audit trail, likely to be left behind, and cost the company more money than necessary at times.
On the other hand, an EAM system or CMMS will help organize assets and tasks so that scheduling the complete work order life-cycle can be computerized.
When an EAM/CMMS is implemented into your facility, you can expect the following to happen:
- More time for proactive tasks as a result of time saving paperwork reduction.
- Better tools for scheduling because facility managers have a much better handle on what needs to be done and can prioritize work better.
- Greater asset detail including historical maintenance tracking for work request, work orders and inspections. Facility and property managers will know what has been done, when it was done and who completed the work.
- Ensure better asset planning by collecting all asset documents and combining this with the maintenance database for capital budget planning.
- Asset managers will always know the condition of their assets, where they are and what work needs to be done next.
Labor Day signifies the ability of labor to have greater control over their work environment. Take control of your facilities with an EAM/CMMS to ensure a safe and productive environment.