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27 May 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.

 

  • Asbestos management - documentation is keyPhil Franks of Franks Portlock discusses the challenges and solutions to asbestos management and how to avoid the pitfalls. 15 May 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 May 2017
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: bulky waste and the circular economyWhen FMs are dealing with large items of waste, such as office furniture or redundant fixtures and fittings, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is to hire a skip or large container. But is there a better way? FM World spoke to people from the Furniture Recycling Group, WCRS and Premier Sustain to give the options available to FMs, as well as legislation to consider. 12 May 2017
  • How to make the office a 'clean air zone'The quality of the air we breathe both inside and outside the workplace is crucial to the health and, ultimately, the productivity of employees, explains Nigel Crunden. 12 May 2017
  • Illuminating the 'as a service' lighting modelWith the evolution of LED, we live in an age where light is subject to fast-paced change, and luminaire efficiency increases all the time. Change should also be on the agenda for successful businesses, says Darren Riva. 11 April 2017
  • Well-being and productivity: lighting the wayThe modern quest to maximise the energy efficiency of lighting may have overshadowed the wider benefits of lighting on employee well-being, says Eaton's Andy Gallacher. 11 April 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. 13 March 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 March 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 March 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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