• Rob Castledine
  • 11 April 2016

FM Legal Update – themes for the day

Thursday 21 April will see our Spring 2016 Facilities Management Legal Update event at our training centre in Clerkenwell, London.

I’ve been chairing these bi-annual events for some time now, and it was in 2011 that I hinted that it might be “exciting times” for the world of health and safety – a phrase that is rarely used! Around that time, there was feverish excitement that the UK’s health and safety culture was changing, following two high level government reports (Lord Young and Professor Lofstedt). These were both welcomed as a bold step forward in putting the common sense back into health and safety, and simplifying the H&S regime. At the same time, significant budgetary cuts were affecting many government bodies, including the HSE and local authority enforcement.

Almost five years on… where are we, and what else is likely to change across the safety, health, environmental and human resources arenas?

  • For health and safety, the regulatory framework remains largely as it was, albeit with minor tinkering to some statutory requirements and guidance. There seems to be little change on the horizon, unless of course the UK’s membership of the EU changes.
  • Fees for Intervention (FFI) for HSE ‘advice’ is definitely here to stay.
  • Managing energy usage and providing greater transparency to stakeholders through the publication of corporate social responsibility related data and information means all organisations need to be clear on their sustainability strategies and practices.
  • More family-friendly employment policies, increased fine levels for illegal migrant workers, and continued emphasis for employers to check workers’ entitlement to be legally in the UK.
  • The long-awaited review of the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations has happened and is now fully in force – what impact will this have on safety performance in that sector? (PS: another review of CDM may be on the cards!)
  • What about the apparent lack of weight behind the Corporate Manslaughter Act in taking organisations to task when workers are killed? There’s still only been a dozen or so cases brought before the Courts, and all largely of small organisations. And what impact will the new fine structure for breaches of environmental, health and safety and food safety requirements have?

We’ll be covering all of the above in a variety of sessions, including an interactive ‘troubleshooter’ at the end of the day, during which delegates are free to ask, challenge and engage with us, giving their own examples to inform and broaden the debate.

We still have a few final places so if you’d like to get involved, call our team now on 0871 777 8881 or visit