It is important to keep school buildings in good condition by performing routine inspections and maintenance to make sure the building and structures are safe for students and staff members. Regular inspection processes are the basis of good building maintenance practice because it helps identify necessary repairs at an early stage to minimize the risk of bigger and costly problems in the future. Experts say engineers and surveyors should provide a visual inspection of the structures on an annual basis.
This module will take a closer look at the areas around the school building that need to be taken care of on a regular basis.
Key areas of inspection should include the following:
When the inspection is complete, make sure to draw up an action plan and identify what work is required to distinguish between both essential and desired work. It is also necessary to keep the inspection information, such as photographs or measurements that were taken during the inspection. Let’s take a closer look at some things you need to remember.
Know where to look for information. Buildings can change hands and it can be difficult to secure all the necessary and important inspection information. When deciding with whom to place the information, you should consider management staff, third party suppliers and contractors, design teams, inspection authorities, health and safety departments, building surveyors, and structural engineers.
Check existing documentation for basic construction details. It is worth looking at existing building condition surveys. They may have been completed previously to determine funding needs of the building or even as part of refurbishment efforts in the past. You should also identify other documentation, such as local authority records, education authority records, and alteration documents over the building’s lifetime.
Look at the fabric of the building both as a whole and its individual components. Are window frames properly secured to the building or are window openings showing any signs of cracking? Look for signs of wear and tear in general, such as cracking, movement or leaning of ceiling tiles. These can cause potential instability issues. Make sure to review the accident log to figure out any accident or injury patterns.
Secure any potential hazards. Building maintenance should include both the overall actions required to complete maintenance work and provide temporary arrangements.
It may be necessary to cordon off an area of the building to mitigate accident or injury. Make sure to take into account all necessary measures, such as adequate sign posting indicating the area is off-limits.
As mentioned earlier, it is necessary to do maintenance checks throughout the school building on a regular basis. Every month, a more detailed inspection should occur.
On the Grounds
Outside the Buildings
Every year, a member of the school maintenance team needs to inspect the school grounds and buildings.
On the Grounds
Outside the Buildings
In conclusion, remember that regular inspections on the site can help identify necessary repairs BEFORE they cause larger problems in the future.
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