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21 February 2017
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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and explainer articles, offering a concise summary of topics within the FM sector.

 

  • 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. 13 February 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. 13 February 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. 13 February 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. 09 January 2017
  • The benefits of renewable energy storageBill Wright, head of energy solutions at the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), discusses energy storage. 09 January 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 09 January 2017
  • 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. 20 December 2016
  • Setting up a coffee kiosk: what you need to knowBritain has become a nation of coffee lovers and café culture is booming. As a result, coffee bars are increasingly popular in the workplace. They require less space and fewer staff, encourage all day grazing, and tempt customers to stay on site. Michele Ribaudo, operations director at BaxterStorey, explains how to effectively introduce a coffee bar to your existing offer. 20 December 2016
  • Powerful points for your next presentationGetting 'buy-in' on a particular project or initiative often rests on how well you present your case. You may also be required to speak to potential clients, or present to an external audience to share best practice with peers. Here, Jon Isaacson shares his tips for creating value rather than wasting time when addressing your audience. 06 December 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. 10 November 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 10 November 2016
  • Future FiltonIn April 2015, FM World visited Airbus UK in Filton after completion of a project to re-shape the site for its 4,000 staff. Last month, Jamie Harris spoke to Paul Malfatti, Filton site manager, and James Buchanan, real estate facilities engineer, to discuss the lessons learned 13 October 2016
  • Burying vertical garden mythsGreen walls are aesthetically pleasing but impossible to maintain? Not so, says the team at Enterprise Plants, which here details five common misconceptions 13 October 2016
  • Ventilation at ChernobylEven nuclear disaster zones require air handling units and ductwork. Here, Jamie Harris finds out what measures are in place for the equipment to survive for 100 years, and for people to complete work in such a hazardous working environment 13 August 2016
  • Water reforms: To switch or not to switch?The water market is due to open in 3 April 2017, so organisations will be able to switch to the water and sewerage supplier that best suits their needs in a new, more competitive market. Geoff Smith, director of business retail at water2business, explains what this could mean for FM, the questions to ask and how to find the best deal for your business 12 August 2016
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