<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=700198207438276&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Differences between Facilities Management and Environmental Services

Many confuse facilities management and custodial duties or what's known in the industry as "environmental services." We'll detail the work of these two separate but distinct areas within a well-maintained and high-functioning commercial or government facility.

What is Facilities Management?

Facilities management refers to the organization and coordination of the resources and services that support the operation of a physical facility, such as a building or complex of buildings.

Facilities management responsibilities include:

  • Maintenance
  • Repair
  • Upkeep of the physical structure
  • Maintaining systems and management for utilities and security
  • Other resources are needed for the facility to function effectively

Facilities management is concerned most with the physical structure. We'll see how environmental services take a different route next.


What are Environmental Services?

Environmental services, also known as housekeeping or custodial services, is a department within facilities management responsible for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Think of checklist items such as trash removal, liner laundering, and cleaning surfaces and restrooms.

Environmental services may also be responsible for properly disposing of hazardous materials, such as medical waste, and may work closely with other departments to ensure that the facility complies with relevant environmental regulations.


Facilities Management vs. Environmental Services

While facilities management and environmental services may be closely related, they are distinct departments with different responsibilities. Facilities management is concerned with the overall operation and maintenance of a facility, while environmental services focus on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.


Coordination is Key in Larger Commercial Facilities

In more extensive facilities, such as hospitals or universities, facilities management may also include departments such as grounds maintenance, engineering, and energy management. These departments work together to ensure the facility is well-maintained and operates efficiently.

Overall, the main difference between facilities management and environmental services is the scope of their responsibilities. Facilities management is responsible for the overall operation and maintenance of a facility, while environmental services focus on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. While the two departments may work closely together, they have distinct roles and responsibilities.


Want Tile & Surfaces That Are Stronger, More Durable, and Easier to Clean?

SaniGLAZE has engineered proprietary products and services that transform tile and hard surfaces within your facility. High-traffic areas can wear down quickly, leaving many to consider replacement altogether. However, the cost savings of restoration speak for themselves by delivering a wholly reinvigorated tile or hard surface with less expense and downtime.

Our process goes deep within to restore surfaces to better-than-new condition, making them stronger, more durable, and easier to maintain. That long-term win for your budget makes this a strategy that keeps producing returns for years. Schedule a consultation with our team to see if SaniGLAZE is best suited for your facility.


William A. Atkins

About William A. Atkins

Born in Destin, FL. William is an avid fan of the Gulf Coast waters. Starting out in the Information Technology sector, he worked for a Fortune 500 company located in Atlanta, GA. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management and Business Writing from the University of North Florida. William has 12 years of real-world Logistics experience and is currently the VP of Marketing for SaniGLAZE International.