News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

Environment Agency shuts down equivalent of 25 illegal waste sites a week

The Environment Agency today reported that it stopped 1,279 illegal waste sites last year – the equivalent of 25 sites every week. 

HSE simplifies RIDDOR

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has simplified the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

Imperial War Museum issues tender to run Visitor and Security Services

The Imperial War Museum Group has issued a tender to private companies to take over the running of its visitor services. The museum says it will decide in December whether to keep visitor services and security services in-house or contract them out.

The museum runs five sites including the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast. It currently employs some 200 staff in visitor services and security roles.

London Firm fined £28,500 over unsafe skip move

A London company has been fined £28,500 for after a forklift truck overturned during a risky and poorly planned operation to move and empty a skip. The case highlights the importance of training and supervising operatives who manage skips on site.

More than one third of FMs unfamiliar with BIM

A survey has revealed more than a third of facilities management professionals are unfamiliar with building information modeling, or BIM.  

BIM is the process of generating and managing computer data about the design and functioning of a building during its entire life cycle. The  government-backed BIM4FM group carried out the survey to find out whether fms are aware of BIM.   

Complaints to Southern Water up by 77%

Customer complaints to Southern Water have gone up by 77% this year.  Meanwhile Thames Water recieved 32,232 written complaints from its customers in the year to 31 March 2013, the highest number of any water company.

The failings were announced by the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) in its annual report on written customer complaints.

Solar Panels go on sale in IKEA

Solar panels will be sold at Ikea's Southampton store from today - and the product will be offered in all Ikea's UK stores within the ten months.

German-made solar panels will be supplied by a Chinese company. The panels will cost £5,700 for a typical installation of 18 panels.The service includes an in-store consultation, design service as well as installation, maintenance and on-going energy monitoring.

Cancer Research awards five-year FM contract to Vinci

Cancer Research UK has appointed Vinci Facilities to deliver hard FM services to the charity's real estate and residential properites nationwide.  The programme includes a range of planned and reactive works, external building fabric repairs and installations.  Work started on August 1st.