Marc McLaren of Generative HSE ponders over a growing disconnection between safety management systems and what happens in practice.
Kennards Hire recently worked with Honeywell Scanning & Mobility and Skywire to deploy a new solution, featuring the Honeywell PF2i rugged industrial bar code printer, to deliver a higher level of service for their customers.
Technology is a major factor that is changing how, when and where today’s workers operate. Armed with portable and powerful technology, today’s mobile workers are using their flexibility to be more agile and productive.
This year Australasia’s premier security industry event, the Security Exhibition & Conference, celebrates 30 years of security innovation. Join us in Melbourne from 15-17 July to get an overview of the ever evolving industry and see how it’s developed over the past three decades.
Tesla Energy, the energy arm of automotive company Tesla Motors, is on the path to disruption. Bets are on Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack — aimed at homes and businesses respectively — to revolutionise the industry, making sustainable energy the norm of the (near) future.
The importance of a stable uninterrupted power system (UPS) is one that should never be downplayed – even the shortest power outage can result in big trouble for the most established structures.
Australian Standard AS1657 for fixed ladders, platforms and walkways is one of the most widely read and referenced Australian safety standards of all time and its revised version has been a long time coming. It updates the 21-year-old and exceedingly out-of-date testing regime.
Managing a diverse and ageing property portfolio within a tight budget is a challenging task. Surprises are the last thing you need. The usual questions that come up are: what assets do I have, what condition are they in, how must they perform, how much money do I need/have, and who will I get to deliver the FM services?
But, somehow, things still don’t go according to the plan. What could be missing? We need to look beyond just the physical assets and ask some other questions. Let’s look at the five most important, and sometimes omitted, things to consider.
It’s no secret that some sites need to be managed more sensitively than others. Hospitals and schools, for example, require an empathetic and thoughtful approach. And there is no more sensitive site than an aged care facility, where residents may become confused as service providers and maintenance workers traipse in and out of what is, fundamentally, their home.
WWF’s Australian headquarters, located in a former wool store in inner city Sydney, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for its interior space.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians are amongst the highest users of technology and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Mobile phones, laptops, TVs and household appliances such as fridges, washing machines and microwaves all count as e-waste. While population density works in Australia’s favour, there’s a need to focus on how to handle e-waste properly.
Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) is now considered so important for effective staff performance, it is earning a place beside NABERS Energy in lease negotiations. NABERS Energy ratings are now a common feature of commercial leases and for good reason.
Listed property group BlackWall Property Funds Limited’s short-term accommodation business, WOTSO WorkSpace has launched a new venture with G3lab offering cutting-edge research laboratory space for lease on short and long-term arrangements.
Businesses across South East Asia (SEA) are facing ever-evolving challenges – from growing demand, diminishing supplies and a mounting interest in sustainability, business are finding it increasingly difficult to remain efficient while achieving their sustainability goals.
While submitting tenders is always a hit and miss process, understanding the evaluation process and the factors that act as key decision drivers helps in making a successful bid.
Fatigue is a common problem in the facilities management industry. Yet, many companies are failing to recognise workplace fatigue as a critical business risk and cost. There is increasing pressure on facility workers to perform and to adopt a “do more with less” attitude — which means fatigue is a growing problem for facility workers.
Industry members and thought leaders will be talking trash, in its various forms, at this year’s Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) when the trade event returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 12 to 13.
Honeywell announced its latest smart building technology last week, Command and Control Suite, which turns complex facility data into recommendations and easy-to-implement changes that can help boost business outcomes by lowering costs, minimising risk and reducing downtime.
An Australian study has discovered that bad washroom experiences are keeping shoppers away from malls: one in five are uncomfortable using a shopping centre bathroom and 13 percent say they would consider not returning to a shopping centre if they felt the bathrooms were unhygienic.
The growing trend of businesses away from a hierarchical culture with visible leadership towards a more flexible work environment has resulted in a new set of challenges within the workplace.
Improving energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective strategies a company can use to manage rising energy costs. A robust, and well-planned and executed energy management system can drive significant cost savings, and mitigate against price volatility in the energy market. With best practices in place, the Return on Investment (ROI) easily pays for the cost of installing and operating an energy management system.
Most Australians would have no idea what an iBeacon is, but a study carried out by ABI Research predicts that by 2019, there would be 60 million iBeacon-like devices in the world.
Employers will transition away from higher levels of temporary and contract roles back to more permanent positions in the year ahead, but recruiting experts Hays Facilities Management warns FM professionals not to expect big salary increases during this period.
Schindler Lifts Peter Darley, National Portfolio Manager – Service, talks to Facility Management magazine about what facility managers can do to ensure their building transit assets are well-maintained and running as efficiently as possible.
Safe and healthy working conditions enhance productivity and reduce costs. This maxim may be obvious to a layperson, but when it comes to business owners, they often end up ignoring it, much to their own peril.
Many a times, business owners, senior and middle management, get blinded by the costs of implementing better working conditions for their people that they are unable to see the benefits that come from a safer workplace with lower injury costs, higher productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved staff retention and much more.
Registrations are now open for Australia’s largest event for leaders and professionals in the AV industry, Integrate, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time ever this year at Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre from August 25 to August 27.
Waste management often falls on the wayside with critical services taking top priority. Find out why facilities managers need to put more thought into waste handling solutions.
Leading experts will be challenging the readiness of the Australian security industry for a host of threats, both physical and online, when the Security Exhibition and Conference returns to Melbourne from July 15-17.
Solar energy cells have achieved enormous efficiency gains in recent years, converting in research a world record 46 per cent of sunlight being generated into electricity.
And even if you can’t buy such advanced photovoltaics off the shelf just yet, there are mighty advances already taking place out in the field where high-efficiency solar arrays are making green energy far more economically sustainable than ever before.
Diligent inspections and routine maintenance are global necessities and the fundamentals of safety and compliance in the workplace. Implementation of a digital or electronic inspection work-flow can contribute to the overall safety compliance of an organisation and, by extension, the mitigation of workplace injury.
Fatigue is a common problem in the facilities management industry. Yet, many companies are failing to recognise workplace fatigue as a critical business risk and cost. Increasing pressure to perform and a ‘do more with less’ attitude means that fatigue is a growing problem for facility workers.
A critical review of the current but rapidly changing state of the workplace, in all its physical, virtual and connected forms, is needed. Of particular interest is the make-up of both the psychosocially healthy and productive environment, given the impact of a constant drive for cost-effective physical and virtual spaces that must simultaneously marry with usability issues and employee attraction for more flexible and healthier working conditions.
Coles has achieved the first Green Star rating for a supermarket, with Coles Hallam in south east Melbourne awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). “Coles was determined to develop a ‘supermarket of the future’ – and in doing so, has set a new benchmark for sustainable supermarket design in Australia,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.
Building Information Modelling, better known as BIM, is the future of the construction industry. In basic terms, using BIM, a building is digitally designed from the ground up in three dimensions (3D). The major players – contractors and designers, architects and engineers – work using one data platform, one common language, one 3D design.
Car parks are often unassuming facilities, but they can be hazardous environments due to a high level of vehicle and pedestrian activity and thus must be managed with extreme care.
Safety in industrial operations has a direct bearing on profitability. Industrial professionals have long recognised that the cost of unexpected events can be very high, not only in terms of injury and death, but also for equipment damage, facility damage, environmental damage, business interruption and insurance.
Scary fact – illegal dumping around clothing donation bins costs charities $20 million per year. In an industry that involves 70,000 Op Shop volunteers working to help those in need in our communities, it is disturbing to think people purposefully dump rubbish outside shops and donation bins.
In many countries, solid household waste is now being collected and carried to waste incineration plants, rather than being dumped directly in a landfill site. The waste is stored in so-called waste bunkers or transfer stations until it can be destroyed. These waste bunkers can contain thousands of metric tons of solid waste which is potentially self-combustible and subject to fire. Self-combustion, (heat development due to pressure) and spontaneous chemical reactions between the disposals and methane gas-building are all potential fire creators and concerns at these plants.
Gainsborough Hardware Industries (GHI) is an Australian company founded in 1967 that forms part of the Door & Access Systems division for the GWA Group. The company integrated Honeywell’s Vocollect voice solutions to improve efficiency, accuracy and visibility in its warehouses.
Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2015, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.
The decision to outsource Enterprise Facilities Management (EFM) must be deliberate and business-focused. There’s a lot riding on it, whether it’s for the first, second, third, or even eighth time around.
Companies are looking at their facility assets and services with an increasingly strategic point of view, and are looking for ways to focus their resources on their company’s core mission and values. Senior leaders are exploring ways to leverage their facility assets and services to support and even enhance their core business while minimising their costs.
A field inspection app has landed Brisbane-headquartered Dingo the 2015 Austmine Innovation Award for Mining Equipment Technology Services.
The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo 2015 will host e-waste industry leaders ECOACTIV and MobileMuster at this year’s event to help attendees better understand the current state of the e-waste industry and how businesses can make changes to help combat the growing problem of e-waste disposal.
There is a common misconception that technology poses the biggest security risk to business, but it is just one part of the problem. Often, companies leave themselves vulnerable to information breaches despite technology, but there are ways to lessen the risk.
When it comes to tender evaluations, it’s all about the value. Value not meaning the cheapest, but striking a balance between quality and price.