Facility Organization and Risk Management

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Facility Management, Review Topics | 0 comments

In my experience, people usually fall somewhere on a continuum when it comes to learning. You either hammer through facts with repetition and memorization, or you are a conceptual learner.  This is an oversimplification, and there are exceptions…but let’s continue anyways. The conceptual person learns through understanding the fundamental principles of the topic, and through this understanding can reconstruct details of the topic.  The memorizer commits every possible detail and piece to memory, and with it they construct the fundamental principles. Think of the topic like a puzzle.  One person knows the picture that the puzzle should be, and the other has memorized where each individual piece should go. I’m a conceptual learner, and as a result I hate it when topics don’t have a cohesive “picture”.  It makes it tough for me to stay focused when a topic like this one comes around. Facility Organization and Risk Management is… A chapter with a lot of details.  The kind of details that, well, that belong in a book.  Not in your head.  They are the kind of details that, when the situation arises you go find the book and look the detail up.  So commit these to memory for the test, and when it comes time for you to actually use them in real life you can look it up.  Without further ado, here is a long list of inane details:

  • Minimum width for doors in a S&C facility is 36 inches to accomodate wheelchairs
  • Hallways and circulation passages must have a width of at least 60inches
  • All threshold should be flush
  • Facility should have double doors to allow passage of large equipment
  • Exits should be clearly visible and provide essential signage to the visually impaired
  • Emergency exits must remain free of obsruction
  • Ceilings should have 12-14 feet of clearance
  • Flooring should be carpet or rubberized flooring.  Rubberized is better.  Poured rubber is extremely durable but expensive.  Wood is best for olympic platforms.

I can’t even bring myself to complete this list, it’s just too boring.  I have nothing more to add, no trick or different way of thinking about this chapter.  Just put your head down, read it, and hope there aren’t too many questions about it on the test…because that will be my strategy.

It’s no coincidence that it’s been a while since my last post.  I really disliked this chapter.

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