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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and legal issues, plus 'How to...' guides on common issues.


  • Maintaining effective entrance systemsJonathan Nobbs highlights the importance of entrance systems in maintaining effective building management 12 March 2015
  • Guide to maintaining guttersMark de Rozarieux explains why it is in the best interests of facilities managers to carefully maintain the gutters of their properties, and offers advice on how best to do soark de Rozarieux explains why it is in the best interests of facilities managers to carefully maintain the gutters of their properties, and offers advice on how best to do so 12 March 2015
  • Identifying and dealing with asbestoss 20 people, on average, still die every week from asbestos-related diseases, the HSE's 'Beware Asbestos' campaign reminds those working on commercial properties that asbestos is still a very real threat facing trades people and maintenance workers 26 February 2015
  • How to implement an ergonomics strategyWorkplace-related injuries are on the rise, according to HSE statistics. Jeremy Hodges, director at Sygnus Office Partnership, explains how facilities managers can tackle the issue head-on. 24 February 2015
  • Best practice: print management servicesPrint management services covers everything from sourcing paper, ink and printer hardware to document management and some mailroom services. But what are the trends in the market? James Gilding of Mitie's total document management business explains. 16 February 2015
  • Reusing or recycling used carpetNew guidance has been published to encourage more reuse and recycling of carpet from all types of refurbishment schemes. Laurance Bird shares some of the top tips to help facilities professionals. 06 February 2015
  • Document management - going paper-freeKeeping all your company data on paper is not only old-fashioned and cumbersome in the modern world it could pose as much of a threat to your business as computer hacking, warns Phil Greenwood of Iron Mountain. 29 January 2015
  • Best practice: managing supply chain relationshipsEarlier this month, the BIFM and its Procurement Special Interest Group produced a guidance note for facilities managers, outlining the key factors in a successful supply chain relationship. This is an extract from the guide, which is available online. 26 January 2015
  • Dealing with urban foxesThe Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a campaigning organisation and professional voice for environmental health. This is an extract from Urban Foxes: Guidelines On Their Management. 16 January 2015
  • Manage effective fire doorsWell-maintained fire doors can make the difference between life and death in an emergency, so it's worrying that inspectors say that most fire doors are not compliant and need some sort of work, says Neil Ashdown. 03 December 2014
  • Secure heritage propertyThe British Security Industry Association is the trade association for the professional security industry. This is an extract from its Guide To Security Of Heritage Properties. 02 December 2014
  • Key management the missing link in access controlTanveer Choudhry highlights how important it is to have an effective solution in place when managing a facility's keys. 28 November 2014
  • Improving the energy performance of buildingsBuilding owners must improve their understanding of building maintenance techniques or face serious cost and legal problems. Simon Carter puts the case. 28 November 2014
  • Physical security keep your finger on the pulseMike McColl offers advice to managers of healthcare facilities about how to protect their sites from theft and intrusion. 23 October 2014
  • Using live-in security to manage vacant propertyThe law regarding squatting in a residential building may have been tightened, but FMs in charge of vacant commercial premises still face enormous risks from illegal occupations, warns Ian Lyons. 09 October 2014
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