Whilst many companies oversee the safety and maintenance of their own buildings, facility managers are those responsible for overseeing the physical building and structure assets for companies on behalf of the asset owners for those that lease premises, across the broad spectrum of industries across Australia.
The Workplace Health & Safety legislation prescribes that the asset owners have a primary duty of care to those who use, access and work within these premises. Equally, the leasing the premises need to have systems of safety in place to manage the risks of those employees working in the premises. Therefore the role of the facility manager is critical in ensuring that the interests of both the asset owner and the user of the facility are accounted for and managed appropriately.
There are many facility managers that may not entirely be aware of their obligations in these circumstances. For others, they are very much aware of their obligations, however they are unsure as to who to turn to to assist them with their height risk management processes.