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16 August 2017
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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and legal issues, plus 'How to...' guides on common issues.

 

  • Wiring regs review to focus on environmental impactAt present, the IET Wiring Regulations otherwise known as BS 7671 only take steps to safeguard against fire and electric shock. These regulations are now under full review, says the ECA's Bill Wright. 06 June 2017
  • Understanding competenceWith the Health and Safety Executive applying larger fines linked to prosecutions for workplace injuries, FMs have a duty to ensure individuals carrying out work at height are suitably competent. John Hynes explains. 06 June 2017
  • Contaminated land: what FMs need to knowLand remediation expert Henry Simpson looks at the risks posed by land contamination from industrial uses past and present, and outlines the regulations that FMs should consider when dealing with such sites. 11 April 2017
  • Using big data to deliver strategic energy savingsAre we blinded by an abundance of energy data? Perhaps we are, given that (evidence suggests) all too often we are not actually using it, says Paul Bennett, of building services sustainability and environmental consultancy BSSEC. 13 March 2017
  • New tax policies make the case for green vehicle technologyWith the exception certain low emission vehicles, tax and national insurance advantages will be removed for salary sacrifice vehicles delivered after April 2017. What does this mean for FMs in charge of a fleet of vehicles? Chris Chandler of Lex Autolease explains. 15 February 2017
  • Heat network regulationsChanges to the Heat Network regulations came into force at the end of 2016. Nathan Bradberry, a senior associate at law firm Bevan Brittan, explains the changes, and its implications for those involved 09 January 2017
  • EU GDPR in a Brexit worldAs the UK prepares to push ahead with leaving the European Union in 2017, businesses are being told to think twice before cancelling or delaying preparations for the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Here, John Culkin of Crown Records Management explains why the new EU law will still be of great importance here in the UK. 09 January 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. 20 December 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 13 October 2016
  • Emergency lighting changes: No need to panicRecent revisions to emergency lighting requirements in the UK shouldn't be a cause for consternation but do mean that facilities managers need to carefully review their current installations. Andrew Balmer, lighting designer at Greenlite, looks in detail at the latest measures 15 September 2016
  • Mask fit-testing in FM: your responsibilities?Making sure your safety mask fits properly seems obvious, but for years the one-size-fits-all approach was used and most people didn't give a second thought about mask fitting and that the wearer was fully protected, says Adam Gomes, health, safety, quality and environment manager for Altius VA Ltd 15 September 2016
  • What's your sentence?Who is responsible now? Changes to the sentencing guidelines for health & safety at work will go further than just bigger fines and a threat of jail, says George Lilley, customer director at Vinci Facilities 12 August 2016
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015Large businesses that do not take appropriate measures to preclude the risk of slavery and human trafficking within their supply chains can expect to suffer adverse publicity and reputational risk, says Daniel Wilde, partner & head of employment at Harding Evans LLP. 29 July 2016
  • Dyslexia and reasonable adjustmentsOrganisations could be liable for discrimination claims if they fail to make reasonable adjustments for employees with dyslexia, says Daniel Wilde 05 May 2016
  • PAT testingFacilities managers should regularly get electrical appliances reviewed to safeguard employees from shocks and reduce fire risk, says Richard Galvin 07 April 2016
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