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29 November 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

The facilities manager is more of a ‘healthcare worker’ of the workforce than a doctor, according to authors of new research into how buildings can affect the health of workers


Dr Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Chan School, and principal investigator for the recent COGfx studies, said: “The person most responsible for your health is the FM. More so than any medical doctor. We spend so much of our time indoors so these people are critical and can be thought of as healthcare workers because they are responsible for our health and if that person is doing a good job, then they are keeping everybody in that building healthy.”

John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at global building technologies and aerospace company United Technologies, which organised the event in partnership with the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC), told FM World that the green building movement is “here to stay” for three reasons which are investors, building owners and tenants are starting to see the value of such structures.

Potentially, this opens up an entirely new front in the battle to prove FM’s value.

So our question this month is – should FM sell itself more on its role in sustaining the health of the workers it serves? Or should FM concentrate solely on the optimisation and provision of workspace?

You can vote below or please email your answers and any further comments to newsdesk@fm-world.co.uk.

2016 - FM - sustaining the health of the workers it serves
Should FM sell itself more on its role in sustaining the health of the workers it serves?

Convo or Cause

2016 -convo or cause to connect health
Have you had any conversations or cause to connect the health of those you serve to the job you do on a daily basis?
2016 - Building Owners
Do you feel that building owners are starting to see the connection between green buildings and human health?