• International Workplace
  • 23 March 2001

Facilities Managers Expect to Pay Price for Compliance

Facilities Managers Expecting to Pay the Price for Compliance, says Legal Update Convention survey.

Facilities managers are expecting to incur heavy financial costs to comply with the current raft of workplace legislation, according to at the second Facilities Management Legal Update Convention, which took place in Birmingham from 14-15 March.

The FMLU Convention is the industry's leading legal event, raising the legal issues that facilities managers need to concentrate on for the year ahead. Interactive delegate voting was introduced for the first time at the Convention, revealing some interesting facts about the industry's approach to workplace regulations.

The voting showed that the costs of legal compliance will have a major impact on this year's budgets. Facilities managers at the Convention identified the Disability Discrimination Act and the Climate Change Levy as two areas that are expected to increase costs significantly over the coming year. Other legal factors that will affect budgets include the asbestos regulations, the CCTV Code of Practice, and the new government focus on health and safety enforcement - in particular, the reform of the CDM regulations and the emphasis on construction work in general.

Keith Sparshott, Head of Marketing at Stiell Ltd - main sponsors of the Legal Update Convention - said:

"At Stiell we are keen to enable facilities managers to understand the impact of legislative change, as it is set to have great impact financially and operationally on building management over the next 12 months at least. We were pleased to sponsor the convention as it provides a single and complete overview of legislative issues for delegates, from the Disability Discrimination Act to Data Protection."

Facilities managers at the Convention chose between 24 workshops and seminars over two days. Speakers at this year's event - attended by 120 delegates - included David Morris, the Head of Strategy and Management at the HSE, Bert Massie, the Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, and Jonathan Bamford, the Assistant Information (formerly Data Protection) Commissioner.


1. The Facilities Management Legal Update Convention 2001 took place at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on 14-15 March. The inaugural FM Legal Update Convention took place on 11-12 April last year in Cambridge.

2. The Convention covered in depth the following six topics: disability and access regulations, health and safety law and practice, fire safety law and practice, FM contracts and outsourcing issues, legal issues in CCTV and security, and property and environmental law.

Key findings from the Convention will be further developed in a detailed written survey and published later this year.

Interviews with speakers can be arranged - please contact Ciaron Dunne on(01223) 511902 for more information.

3. The Convention was organised by Asset Information Ltd, the publishers of Facilities Management Legal Update - the industry's leading legal journal. Asset Information is also organising the Conference at the Facilities Show, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 22-24 May 2001.

Any enquiries about this event should go to Conference Manager Steven Erickson on (01223) 511902.

4. The main sponsors of the Convention were Stiell Ltd
Stiell operates long-term facilities management and support services contracts throughout the UK, with office locations in London, Glasgow and Macclesfield. Stiell provides a full range of services covering all areas of project implementation including fit-outs, refurbishment's, building services, building change management and relocation.

All enquiries please contact Caroline Murphy at Camargue on 01242 577277.

5. Media enquires to Ciaron Dunne on (01223) 511902.