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BSI updates design and construction guidance for FM

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published updated briefing information for facilities managers to support its guidance on Building Information Modelling (BIM), which will be required on centrally-procured public projects from April 201...


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Self-employed exemption from safety law in force soon

With a 1 October 2015 deadline just weeks away, the Government has issued a reminder about a key change to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 that exempts self-employed workers from health and safety law in many circumstances. The change...


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Security standards update

Recent weeks have seen the introduction of a number of guidance documents relating to security standards, which will be of interest to Facilities Managers in the UK and Europe. On 1 July the British Standards Institution (BSI) published strategi...


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Asbestos in schools

We reported this week a statistic from 2012 that suggested asbestos was considered likely to be present in 85% of schools in Wales: representing over 1,500 schools in total.   The reason that particular statistic resurfaced this week is...


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Plans set out to tackle gender pay gap

The Government has announced that it is to forge ahead with plans to force large organisations to disclose data on the gender pay gap among staff. A consultation on the measure, which was introduced in the final months of the coalition, commenced...


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Professionalising FM: How an innovative partnership approach can benefit employee wellbeing

The issues One in five employees across the UK regularly works unpaid overtime, while over half of those working at managerial level admit to working (often remotely) during their annual leave. The introduction of mobile data devices has meant th...