At MaintenX, safety is our #1 priority every day. We take the time to give our technicians the best training possible and ensure that the equipment they use and the protocols they follow are up to the highest industry standard. It is this commitment to employee and subcontractor safety that puts us at the top of the list for facility maintenance service nationwide.
However, it’s often not enough for our contractors and technicians to be trained in proper maintenance safety procedures. We encourage all facility managers to train their employees for proper equipment usage and repair. Even simple maintenance tasks like cleaning out A/C vents or snaking a clogged drain can cause issues down the line for your facility’s health.
Benefits of Maintenance Training for all Staff
Your staff may not be responsible for maintenance on a regular basis, but an understanding of the different systems and the maintenance needs of each can help maintain a productive facility. For example, if your staff knows what types of sounds and odors could indicate an HVAC issue, they will be more likely to report it. Below are some of the benefits of training your staff in basic maintenance and safety for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical system:
- Increased reporting of potential issues
- Ability to do minor cleaning and repairs, thus saving on maintenance service
- Greater autonomy of staff within the facility (they don’t have to rely on a plumber to unclog a drain or an HVAC technician to replace an air filter).
- Prevention of injury due to electrical issues
What Your Staff Should Know
Depending on the skills and demands of your staff, different training is required for different positions. However, all staff within a facility should know these things about HVAC, plumbing, and electrical maintenance:
- How to change vent filters near their desk
- How to detect signs of mold or mildew within the facility
- What chemicals are safe to use for a clogged drain vs. when to call a plumber
- What common electrical symptoms could be signs of a serious electrical system fault
- What sounds, odors, or visual cues could identify problems within any of these systems
- When to report a more serious issue to the maintenance team
Maintenance training doesn’t have to be complicated for it to be effective. By simply training your staff to detect problems, you can increase the likelihood of catching problems early before they become emergencies.
Contact MaintenX today or visit our resource center to learn more about HVAC, plumbing, and electrical maintenance care and prevention.