Operation & Maintenance Manual
What is an O&M manual?
Operation and maintenance manuals [O&Ms] provide the information required by end-users for the operation, maintenance, decommissioning and demolition of a building. The format and content are typically defined by the client in the Employer’s Information Requirements [EIRs] of the contact preliminaries.
Why are O&Ms a pain for contractors and clients?
O&Ms are a prerequisite for practical completion, yet the resources and time required to gather all relevant information is often underestimated or left too late. As a result, clients are often left disappointed with poor quality O&Ms at handover and will postpone sign off if they deem the O&M Manuals incomplete.
This can reflect badly on the contractor and prevent valuable site staff from moving on to future projects as they fix any issues. In turn, there is a knock-on effect for building managers and facilities maintenance teams who are unable to maintain their building safely and efficiently.
Producing manuals in-house can be a drain on time and resources, and distracts from the main task of construction. Outsourcing to a specialist provider like Safety For Construction has a number of tangible benefits to contractors and clients, including;
• It allows contractor focus to remain on construction
• It eliminates stress at practical completion.
• It removes the burden from site teams.
• It helps ensure quality and consistent delivery.
• It ensures there is a realistic budget for O&Ms in cost plans.
How We Help
At Safety For Construction, we believe the key to any successful project is the smooth handover between project team and end user. Our dedicated O&M team aim to take the pain out of O&Ms for our clients. We understand contractors do not always have the resources or time to produce quality O&Ms for every project. We also understand the frustrations of end-users who receive poor quality construction information at project handover.
By using our collaborative cloud based platform and managing the flow of information into the O&M Manuals, while reporting to all parties concerned, Safety For Construction bridge the gap between the Principal Contractor, their sub-contractors and the Stakeholders involved in the project. The Principal Contractor is provided with an overview of the O&M Manual development, confident in the knowledge that all the pieces are being collated in a logical, timely fashion, ready to be available for the hand-over date required.