BES802 - Site Maintenance and Building Safety

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Subject Title
Site Maintenance and Building Safety

Subject Description
This subject deals with the many aspects of a Facility Manager┐s role which ensure that the building is maintained in a barrier-free, clean, safe, secure and environmentally sensitive manner, both inside and out. Topics include waste management, recycling programs, handling of hazardous substances, managing costs and services provided by custodial staff, as well as management of issues related to parking, vehicles and building grounds. Compliance with relevant municipal by-laws and provincial/federal legislation is covered.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Building Environmental Systems (BES) Facility Manager Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the provision of barrier free access in both new constructions and retrofits.
2. Interpret legislation governing health, safety, industrial hygiene, control of hazards and environmental management in buildings.
3. Describe the role of the facility manager in addressing health, safety, security, accidents, emergencies, cleanliness, sanitation and  managing the impact of the building on the environment.
4. Describe the components, requirements and objectives of WHMIS.
5. Interpret Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
6. Discuss the manager’s role in motivating custodial staff and managing related costs and quality.
7. Discuss proper waste management and recycling programs and the related environmental considerations.
8. Discuss the building envelope from a maintenance and safety perspective.
9. Discuss techniques used to maintain grounds in an environmentally sensitive manner.
10. Discuss programs used to manage transportation, parking, vehicle selection and maintenance.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • The building envelope - the roof, the walls, the foundation; the effect of sun and wind, height of the building and roof areas on energy management and indoor environmental concerns such as temperature, noise, and building pressurization.


  • The different types of roof systems and roof penetrations; roof maintenance and repair.


  • Housekeeping; the type of floor coverings and their care; the type of equipment available for such care; other housekeeping activities and client expectations.


  • Site maintenance; external and underground parking lots, turf, trees; different types of surfaces and pavement maintenance; in-house versus contractor for such services.


  • Barrier free access: ramps, handrails, entrances, signage, washrooms and other requirements.


  • Occupational Health & Safety Act; WHMIS; fire safety building security; the manager's role and obligations in these issues, as well as emergency planning.


  • Solid waste management; cost factors, environmental and legal factors in waste disposal; recycling and hazardous waste handling; implementation of recycling programs; case studies. 

Mode of Instruction
Traditional Classroom
Lectures, discussions in the classroom, video 

Independent learning with tutor support.  Instructor will contact you by email.

Prescribed Texts
BES802 Site Maintenance and Building Safety, Seneca College, ISBN/Sku #: 0-00011-802-B. Available from the Seneca Bookstore. 

Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations for Industrial Establishments - Available on-line

Occupational Health & Safety Act w/ Regs For Industrial - Available on-line

Correspondence students, your text fee is included and your text will be shipped to you.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written projects should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late projects are penalized. Please obtain standards, dates and additional information from your instructor.

While attendance is not a formal part of the evaluation process, absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve a satisfactory grade, as there is no formal provision for make-up tests or projects you may miss.

To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined projects and tests during the term.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. They are available at Seneca Registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:


Projects 20%
Midterms 40%
Finals 40%

Correspondence and Online
Project 1              30%
Project 2              30%
Final                      40%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle