Employment agency guide from the TUC

26 January 2012

A new guide for trade union representatives on the UK’s key employment and health and safety enforcement agencies has been published by the TUC. The guide aims to raise awareness among reps of workers’ basic rights, and outlines the role of agencies such as HSE and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

New resource to help rheumatoid arthritis sufferers at work

26 January 2012

A new resource has been launched aimed at helping people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) take control of their condition and improve their ability to stay in work. The free resource, called WorkWise, has been developed jointly by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the healthcare company Abbott.

Leptospirosis guidance issued

26 January 2012

A new pocket card designed to warn employees of the risk of leptospirosis infection has been published by HSE.

Council fined for dangerous gas leak

26 January 2012

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has been fined after carbon monoxide leaked from a gas boiler at a community centre. Fenton Magistrates’ Court heard that after users of the town’s Westlands Community Centre called the fire service to deal with a suspected gas leak, firefighters found high levels of carbon monoxide escaping from the flue in the loft and evacuated the building.

IFRS 4 Phase II

25 January 2012

Moving to a common accounting standard could reap big rewards for the global insurance industry, says Francesco Nagari

New O-licensing changes: aspects of their impact on repute, finance and transport managers

25 January 2012

Tim Ridyard examines some of the issues arising from EC Regulation 1071/2009, in particular how it has led to the Road Transport Operator Regulations 2011 (which makes changes to the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995), and changes in the criteria for the issue and retention of licences in the areas of repute, transport managers and financial standing.

The laboratory and energy management

25 January 2012

With buildings in the UK being responsible for almost 50% of energy consumption — and over a third of this use being in the commercial and public sector — Mike Sopp discusses the impact in terms of climate change and the cost of sourcing dwindling fossil fuels.

The silver lining in cloud computing

24 January 2012

With cloud computing continuing to mature as a reliable and cost-effective IT platform, FMs are increasingly utilising the cloud to deliver services right across their businesses. Dave Howell reports.