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28 August 2015
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Articles on business continuity, governance, health & safety


  • BSI revises buildings standards guidance for FMsThe business standards company BSI has revised the design and construction of buildings standard, which is for the guidance of facilities managers. 25/08/2015
  • 10 top rules to protect against the dangers of confined spacesIt is by no means exhaustive, but this list of 10 steps is certainly a step in the right direction for protecting you and your staff, says Lee Yearwood. 20/08/2015
  • Writing a fire safety policyFire safety arrangements will vary depending on factors such as the type of organisation, the size and complexity of the property and staffing. But all must be both clear-cut and strictly enforced, says Allison Connick. 19/08/2015
  • Flood risk and water pollution containmentA flood, pollution spill or fire incident are the 'what if' scenarios no business ever wants to contemplate. David Cole explains how to manage the risk and demonstrate regulatory compliance. 16/07/2015
  • Legionella - controlling the risksTwo recent criminal prosecutions against NHS trusts highlight the importance of ensuring that proper control measures are put in place to protect people from being exposed to the legionella bacteria, says Matthew Taylor. 16/07/2015
  • In Focus: A success born out of tragedyThe interviewee: Peter Lord, executive general manager of the FM division of City Care The issue: The facilities management market in New Zealand 06/07/2015
  • Analysis: Asbestos must be eradicated from public buildingsA proposed asbestos bill could make it compulsory for the deadly building material to be removed from public premises, delegates at a conference heard last month. 06/07/2015
  • Silent killer in the workplaceThe danger of carbon monoxide is high in the public consciousness after the Thomas Cook court case. But the risks of the 'silent killer' at work are often overlooked, warns Dominic Slingsby. 01/07/2015
  • Write a health and safety policyA good health and safety policy must be clear, concise, well-signposted and show a clearly designated line of responsibility, says Louise Hosking. 30/06/2015
  • HSE launches new workplace health committeeThe Health and Safety Executive has appointed a new committee to provide independent expert knowledge and advice on workplace health. 30/06/2015
  • Optimise your data operationThere are several technology enhancements and energy initiatives that can be implemented to improve a data centre's efficiency, says Peter Mosley. 26/06/2015
  • Call to stand up against sitting 'time bomb'Prolonged sitting in the workplace is a timebomb for later life, according to the founder and director of a campaign to get people more active at work. 22/06/2015
  • Facilities Show 2015: Home Office urges FMs to check for illegal workersArresting an illegal worker in the cleaning industry can cost the government up to £15,000, according to a speaker at this year's Facilities Show. 19/06/2015
  • TUC backs campaign for asbestos removal billEight sustainability megatrends including "workforce transformation" will impact the success of UK real estate over the next 15 to 20 years, according to a report by property firm JLL. 19/06/2015
  • Pest practice: dealing with nuisance birdsThere are several methods available to help to deter nuisance birds and stop them settling in urban areas, says David Cross. 06/05/2015
  • New regulations change mean FMs need checkupThe Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires medical surveillance for workers undertaking licensed asbestos work, and from 1st May 2015 it will also cover workers carrying out Notifiable Non-Licensed Work (NNLW) on asbestos. 28/04/2015
  • Incorporate biophilic design into the workplaceIncorporating nature-inspired design into the workplace has proven physical and psychological benefits for the occupants, but how can FMs go about practically including natural elements into the office? Oliver Heath explains. 22/04/2015
  • Keeping your facilities rodent-freeAny building is at risk from pests, but large office facilities, which are a hive of activity during the day but largely unoccupied at night, are particularly vulnerable to rodent infestations, warns David Cross. 22/04/2015
  • BSRIA publishes updated legionella guidanceBSRIA publishes updated legionella guidance 10/04/2015
  • ThinkTank: Optimising team structures in 2015Recent news of striking cleaners, security guards, ward hostesses, caterers, switchboard operators and porters goes to show that the issue of fair pay for facilities service personnel remains a hot topic. 02/04/2015
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