What's New

Raising the bar for facilities management

24 March 2017

Raising the Bar: from Operational Excellence to Strategic Impact in FM is the third study by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in conjunction with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

New accessibility guide

24 March 2017

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) recently published its Essential Principles Guide which aims to provide built environment professionals with information and advice on creating an accessible and inclusive environment. It has been endorsed by Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Disabled People, and many professional institutions. It can be downloaded freely from the CIC website.

The UK versus the rest of Europe in health and safety

22 March 2017

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has published a new report on the data behind the costs of work-related accidents and ill health in Europe, highlighting some interesting facts and figures regarding health and safety failures cost across Europe, including the UK and globally.

World Water Day targets waste water and the risks to human health

22 March 2017

World Water Day events are being held across the globe to highlight the plight of millions of people that do not have access to safe drinking water.

Buying decisions in security

20 March 2017

A White Paper commissioned by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), The (Real) Price of Security Solutions, has looked at the challenges of both buying and selling security solutions and has concluded that it is important to make purchase decisions based on quality rather than simply on initial purchase price.

DSE at work — gender and ages differences

17 March 2017

Recent research has highlighted interesting differences according to the gender and ages of workers, in terms of how much time is spent in front of display screen equipment (DSE) in the workplace.

UK carbon emissions lowest since 1920s

17 March 2017

An analysis of Government figures by Carbon Brief indicates a fall of almost 6% in carbon emissions in 2016 as coal use plummeted, but highlights that the UK needs to have a more ambitious policy package and should aim to have emissions at “net-zero” by 2070 at the latest if it is to meet its targets.

Healthy workplaces: new quality standard

16 March 2017

Healthy Workplaces: Improving Employee Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing [QS147] is a new quality standard from NICE which covers the health and wellbeing of all employees, including their mental health. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover managing long-term sickness absence.

New guide for procuring maintenance contracts

16 March 2017

BSRIA has just published a new guide to procuring maintenance contracts that is aimed at facilities managers, other professionals and their organisations and clients to help them understand the key factors for success.

Trends in the cleaning industry

15 March 2017

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has published its Industry Trends Report 2017 which illustrates that the cleaning industry contributes almost £25 billion to the UK economy and is also one of its biggest employers with over 700,000 employees. Turnover has increased by 21% since 2010.