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24 June 2017
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Risk management

Articles on business continuity, governance, health & safety


  • Smoke control systems: Open of closed protool?Smoke control systems, activated when a fire breaks out, remove hot, hazardous smoke or compartmentalise it to allow for clearer escape routes and firefighter access. But there are informed choices to be made, says Bob Gate. 05/06/2017
  • Understanding competenceWith the Health and Safety Executive applying larger fines linked to prosecutions for workplace injuries, FMs have a duty to ensure individuals carrying out work at height are suitably competent. John Hynes explains. 02/06/2017
  • Fuel for thoughtFor many organisations the storage of fuel presents unique challenges that are often logistically complex and highly time-sensitive. Kurt Wachter of Adler and Allan explains what FMs should keep in mind. 02/06/2017
  • Asbestos management - documentation is keyPhil Franks of Franks Portlock discusses the challenges and solutions to asbestos management and how to avoid the pitfalls. 15/05/2017
  • Keep your business fly-freeFlies carry diseases and pose a threat to your workforce if found on site and FMs should not be complacent about the risk. David Cross at Rentokil Pest Control offers his advice. 12/05/2017
  • UK real estate is still favourite for overseas investorsThe UK remains the preferred region to invest in commercial real estate despite seeing a slight dip in popularity since Brexit, according to the latest BrickVest commercial property investment barometer. 19/04/2017
  • Businesses warned to continue with data protection regulation prep workBusinesses are being warned not to cancel preparations for the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR), regardless of the UK having begun the process of withdrawing from the European Union. 06/04/2017
  • Contaminated land: what FMs need to knowLand remediation expert Henry Simpson looks at the risks posed by land contamination from industrial uses past and present, and outlines the regulations that FMs should consider when dealing with such sites. 04/04/2017
  • Low-skilled men at higher than average risk of suicideMen working in the lowest-skilled occupations have a 44 per cent higher risk of suicide than the male national average, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. 22/03/2017
  • Dealing with dust in the workplaceDust can cause problems for facilities managers some of which are less obvious than others. James Miller at Dustcontrol UK explains what FMs can do to deal with these issues and how to put preventive measures in place. 16/03/2017
  • Risk management firms join forces to beat health & safety risksTwo risk management companies have come together in a partnership to extend their health and safety services offering. 13/03/2017
  • Preventing a winter illness outbreak at the officeAlongside their conventional cleaning and hygiene practices, office and facilities managers now have a secret weapon to help keep at bay outbreaks of infections such as norovirus Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging. Luke Rutterford, technical manager at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, explains. 13/03/2017
  • Strength in unityAs devices are increasingly being designed to connect and share information, physical security and IT teams need to work more closely together, explains Chip Epps from security firm HID Global. 13/03/2017
  • New £92m Aliter fund to invest in support services SMEsAn innovative £92 million fund that will invest in small and mid-sized support services businesses including FM has been launched by a group of seasoned support services entrepreneurs. 09/03/2017
  • How to prepare your site for the nesting seasonThe UK nesting season begins in March, so John Dickson of NBC Environment runs through what FMs need to do to make sure their site is prepared. 10/02/2017
  • How to tackle fire damper complianceNew advice issued last month makes it clear that all fire dampers must be tested annually in order to comply with BS9999:2017. For some facilities managers, this represents a new area of responsibility, as Martin Hembling of Swiftclean Building Services explains. 10/02/2017
  • Keeping your cooling towers cleanCooling towers can accumulate a colossal 275 kilograms of suspended matter in a single year if left untreated. This can lead to a range of issues that can negatively impact everything from efficiency to productivity, says Simona Vasilescu of NCH Europe. 10/02/2017
  • Demanding attentionOpportunities for organisations to deploy demand-side response systems are expanding as technology improves and access to intermittent renewables grow. Jeremy Bowden reports. 30/01/2017
  • Are you afraid of the dark?We talk frequently about controlling energy expenditure, but what happens when energy supply fails entirely? What does full blackout protection look like, and to what extent can facilities managers help insure against the worst? Sara Bean reports 19/01/2017
  • Fire safety: protect your businessThe number of fire incidents attended by Fire Brigades is a downward trend but there were around 155,000 fire incidents in England in 2014/15, with 7,569 casualties and 263 fire related deaths. Here, Nick Hickman at Surrey County Council shares advice on steps FM professionals can take to protect their organisations 03/01/2017
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