The Facilities Managers globally just got a boost in their profession because the ISO 267 Facility Management Committee has published its first two international standards:
• ISO 41011 Facility management – Vocabulary.
• ISO 41012 Facility management – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements.
Over 42 countries including Nigeria was involved in this big task and this is really laudable and an international effort to ensure the industry has consistent framework from which to move forward.
Speaking at the FMTalk360 Radio programme in Abuja, the Founder, Engr. Olumide Aina who is also part of the ISO TC/267 committee together with Dr. MKO Balogun and Mr. Collins Osayamwen represented Nigeria on the committee with the involvement of other professional colleagues around the globe to develop a robust FM standard. He explained that there is now no such thing that Facilities Management have no standard which initially gave the quacks the freedom to do as they will in the FM industry. More so, this is a clarion call to professionals out there to take charge and apply all the principles identified in this standard in order care for the built environment.
The 41000 series of standards (as they are now officially known) is a suite of standards documents that will drive industry consistency globally. The publication of 41011 – Vocabulary, and 41012 – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements, defines the industry and moves to deliver a consistent approach.