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25 February 2017
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Risk management

Articles on business continuity, governance, health & safety


  • 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
  • Preparing for power or cooling disruptionDeveloping a contingency plan for power outages or cooling plant disruptions can help ensure a drama doesn't turn into a disaster, writes Aggreko's Lewis Scremin. 03/01/2017
  • What FMs need to know about the F Gas banDarron Baile of Brita Vivreau explains how FMs can prepare for the EU's crackdown on F gas in refrigeration, air conditioning and fire protection systems. 19/12/2016
  • HSE launches Health and Work StrategyThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new strategy for health in the workplace in the UK. 16/12/2016
  • Biohazard and trauma cleansSimon Biggs looks at the risks to health that have prompted the strict legislation and regulations governing the biohazard cleaning process, and the difficulties faced by management and operatives. 14/12/2016
  • Security expo offers anti-terrorism lessons for FMsA UK security expo including a session on how FMs can evaluate the risks to buildings in a climate where a terrorist threat is more likely takes place in London at the end of this month. 22/11/2016
  • BESA to plug F Gas certification gapNew routes to professional certification for building engineering services employers are to be made available following the passing of revised F Gas handling legislation next year. 11/11/2016
  • Call for workers to take up document security fightBusinesses continue to overlook the importance of providing regular information security training to their employees, according to the results of a new survey. 11/11/2016
  • More than 1 million suffer from work-related illness, says HSEAround 1.3 million people suffer from a work-related illness, according to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 09/11/2016
  • Air filtering indoor plantsIn 1989, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) published a research paper, Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement. 02/11/2016
  • E-cigarettes: what you need to knowElectronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, were first introduced into the European retail market in 2006, just one year before Britain's indoor smoking ban. Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, explains what you should know about the use of these in the workplace 02/11/2016
  • Powered gate safety: what you need to knowDeaths and serious injuries from powered gates are rare, but minor injuries and damage to property are frequent; powered gates are exposed to frequent use and the elements. If they are not properly installed and maintained they may become unsafe. 02/11/2016
  • Don't take an insurance hit on empty premisesA failure to take rigorous measures to secure vulnerable vacant property could also imperil your company's coffers, as Guy Other of Orbis explains 12/10/2016
  • Women feel forced to look 'sexier' in the workplaceLarge numbers of women feel their employer has unfairly criticised their appearance in the workplace, with nearly one in five (19 per cent) saying they felt more attention was paid to their appearance by their bosses than to their male peers, according to a survey by a law firm. 23/09/2016
  • First principles: History of FMBefore the BIFM there was the AFM the Association of Facilities Managers. That organisation's last chairman, Geoff Gidley, played a key role in the merger of the AFM with the Institute of Facilities Management (IFM) to form today's BIFM. Here, in the BIFM's 20th year, Gidley talks to his successor and the combined institute's first chairman, Marilyn Standley, about the institute's earliest days. 22/09/2016
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