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25 April 2017
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explainers

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

 

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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