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FM Report 182 - Thursday 5th October 2006

05 October 2006

The latest FM news directed to your desktop

IFMA decertifies its UK chapter
Members of the UK Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) were dismayed to learn last week that it had been decertified by the IFMA Board meeting in the USA. The UK Chapter was implanted within BIFM as a Special Interest Group (SIG) in a move that Martin Pickard, former President of the UK Chapter, describes as a “groundbreaking and positive move to foster better international collaboration.” But IFMA claims that the arrangement has been confusing and administratively difficult justifying their decision to decertify the Chapter. According to Pickard, “The withdrawal of our Chapter status with no consultation and little in the way of an apology is the final straw.” The UK IFMA Chapter president, Dave Wilson, and several other Chapter members are attending IFMA’s World Workplace conference in San Diego starting this weekend and are unavailable for comment. It is also understood that the IFMA Chapter in Germany has also been decertified.

Cofathec moves into retail technical services
Cofathec UK has acquired Deltec Maintenance Company Ltd, a specialist provider of services to the retail sector. Deltec employs 95 people in offices based in Manchester, Chatham and Glasgow and its MD, Mike Callender, will play a leading role in developing the new retail division in Cofathec.

More Scottish schools built under PPP
The Amec led JV, InspirED, has been appointed preferred bidder for the PPP to deliver six new secondary schools for East Dunbartonshire Council. The contract will see Amec designing and building the schools, redeveloping surplus land on five sites and providing estate management services for the 30-year concession period worth some £125m.

Work-life balance report
British Council for Offices Awards held this week as the highlight of its National Good Office Week (2-6 October) showcased offices across the country in a range of categories. The week has also launched new research into work life balance. The report, entitled “Getting It Together: the work life agenda and offices”, was commissioned by the BCO to provide an insight into and anticipate how family friendly employment practices could be promoted or constrained by the workplace.

TWM exhibition, conferences and new Innovation Awards next week
The annual FM exhibition, Total Workplace Management (TWM) opens its doors on Tuesday and Wednesday next week (10-11 October), one of five events held concurrently at Olympia of vital interest to FMs. Apart from TWM ,there is M&E (building services), Context (office interiors and fit out), AMPS Power Expo (independent power) and SEEEE (sustainable energy and energy efficiency) bringing more than 350 exhibitors under one roof at London’s Olympia. For the first time, the Total Workplace Management Innovation Awards will be presented in four categories for exhibitors latest products and services.

Safety assessment criteria
The HVCA and EIC (Electrical Contractor Association) has launched Core Criteria for Assessing Contractors Safety to establish what contractor should be doing to meet their H&S requirements when undergoing pre-qualification assessments by clients and main contractors.

HSE becomes sole electricity safety watchdog
The HSE has taken on some responsibilities from the DTI’s Engineering Inspectorate to become the sole regulator for all safety issues in the electricity transmission and distribution sector.

Hospital staff develop skills
A new learning centre to help hospital catering staff, porters, domestics, linen and stores staff at Hammersmith Hospital to develop new IT skills has been opened by Medirest and the trade union, Unison. The initiative follows the signing of a workplace learning agreement between the Unison and Compass Group, Medirest’s parent company, and it the first of several learning hubs to be introduced at hospitals around the country.

Incentive cleans up at Colgate Palmolive
Colgate Palmolive has renewed its FM contract with Incentive FM for a further three years. Incentive had delivered 10% savings on the operating budget for its head office in Surrey. Under the renewed contract, Incentive will expand its building management remit and create further efficiencies across the range of maintenance and support services.

FM students call for posters
FM students across Europe are invited to design posters for display at the European FM conference, EFMC2007 in Zurich, June 2007. Last year’s competition at EFMC in Frankfurt attracted 17 posters entered by 30 students studying at eight educational Institutes across five European countries. The competition is sponsored by Siemens FM as part of Siemens Generation 21 programme. Entries close on 31 January.

Terrorism and fraud threats to businesses
Speaking to senior FM and security professionals, all guests of Barclays and Deloittes in London recently, Mike Bowron, Temporary Commissioner of Police for the City of London, confirmed that the ‘severe threat’ security level meant that attacks on business and public targets are still ‘likely’. About 40 ‘hostile reconnaissance’ incidents had been investigated in the City of London in what he described as "the most challenging terrorist climate" in which the City is high on the target list. He also advised that the Attorney General is currently consulting on the Government’s Fraud Review that could see the City of London Police taking a lead in advising other forces on best practice.

Catering benchmarking
Online benchmarking for contracted food services management and corporate and employee dining has been launched by Tippings Consulting. It includes live data from 3,500 operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Scandinavia, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific to create 21 key performance indicators.

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