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16 August 2017
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Risk management

Articles on business continuity, governance, health & safety


  • Unisex bathrooms: what FMs need to knowUnisex bathrooms have been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. Although they have often faced opposition, they are likely to become more common. So what are the implications from an FM perspective? 16/08/2017
  • It's time to overhaul building regulationsIt has been almost two months since a horrifying fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower council block, on the Lancaster Estate in West London, claiming the lives of at least 80 people. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 15/08/2017
  • Starting agile working: 5 top slip-upsThere are five common mistakes that organisations make when introducing agile working. Here, Karen Plum outlines these missteps and explains how to avoid them 15/08/2017
  • Stop press: How to improve FM communications through newslettersSometimes an all-staff email won't cut it. These days, internal newsletters are used to share a mix of practical and more personal information in an engaging format. Here, Jamie Harris spoke with two estates teams at Manchester Metropolitan University and LSE about how they craft internal newsletters for the benefit of those working and studying on site 15/08/2017
  • Government must help businesses get ready for new data lawsEight-four per cent of UK small business owners and 43 per cent of senior executives of large companies are unaware of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a report by data destruction company, Shred-it. 08/08/2017
  • Grenfell: Government announces independent review into building regsAn independent review of building regulations and fire safety is to be carried out and a final report published no later than next spring, says the government. 02/08/2017
  • Young people in low-quality jobs more prone to health risksYoung adults who are employed on zero-hours contracts are less likely to be in good health, and are at higher risk of poor mental health than workers with stable jobs. 26/07/2017
  • Crown Commercial Service is signing up more SMEsCrown Commercial Service (CCS) has published its annual report and accounts for 2016/17, highlighting a year of steady progress it claims. 21/07/2017
  • LGA chair demands 'urgent' probe into building regulationsThe Local Government Association is calling on government to launch an urgent and immediate review of building regulations. 20/07/2017
  • Make workspaces human again, urge real estate punditsDevelopers and landlords must design and build workplaces that are geared towards employee well-being and flexible working or they risk losing out commercially in the long term, says a report by real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield. 20/07/2017
  • 78% of UK data centres are running too hotAlmost eight out of ten UK data centres are currently non-compliant with Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, according to data specialist Ekkosense. 19/07/2017
  • ESOS phase two guide is publishedA guide outlining how facilities managers can prepare for compliance with phase two of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has been published. 03/07/2017
  • 5 ways to salvage FM knowledge lost through turnoverFacilities managers are receptacles of knowledge about their estates, so a succession plan must be put in place, says Jay Pearlman. 30/06/2017
  • Common causes of lift electrical failureLifts can pose a serious threat to life if not managed and checked correctly. Liftstore Ltd's Gary Morgan shares two stories of electrical interference in elevator systems, highlighting prevalent issues. 30/06/2017
  • UK-GBC says government must retain UK's lead on climate changeAs emissions from the UK's building stock rises, the government must highlight the importance of a low carbon economy to businesses, says the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC). 30/06/2017
  • Smoke control systems: Open or closed protocol?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. 29/06/2017
  • Staying alert to Legionella perilLast month's spell of exceptionally hot weather will have put FMs on guard against the replication of Legionella in building water supplies but ever more vigilance is required. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 29/06/2017
  • Fire compartmentation - a burning questionRichard Sutton, general manager at Horbury Property Services, looks at fire compartmentation and how regular fire risk assessments can help to reduce dangers and prevent breaches. 28/06/2017
  • Experts implore PM not to scrap health & safety lawsMore than 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK's safety and health profession have joined together, urging the government to scrap its approach to deregulation of health and safety legislation in light of the Grenfell Tower blaze. 27/06/2017
  • Regulation on trialWhile the public inquiry into the horrific Grenfell Tower fire goes on, details are emerging of the factors which led to the tragedy which claimed the lives of 79 people. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 27/06/2017
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