Joint BIFM South and Home Counties CPD Event Report: Security and Risk

23-05-17 11:46 BIFM


Members from both the Home Counties and South regions gathered in the leafy town of Bishops Waltham, near Winchester, to hear Angus Darroch-Warren, Director of Consultancy for the Linx International Group, provide an insight into two seemingly disparate subjects, that, when considered together, are essential ingredients for a Facilities Risk Management Strategy.
Organised as part of BIFM’s World FM Day activities, the extremely informative talk began with Angus firstly asking how you go about implementing a security framework that is fit for purpose. The buildings, installations and facilities to which FM is relevant represent important company assets. According to a study carried out by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), these assets are the source of 10 to 19 per cent of company expenditure and represent 25 to 50 per cent of company assets. Therefore FM processes influence company figures and are formidably significant within the framework of risk management.
Angus pointed out that many companies believe they cannot afford the correct level of security but he demonstrated that security should be considered the umbrella to health and safety. He went on to say that the most valuable asset in most situations us the staff and no money should be saved. Risk is a simply formula of identifying the risk, vulnerability and the consequence.

Secondly, he went on to describe the considerations for a legally compliant and effective workplace investigation explaining that the courts have been clear – when it comes to a report of employee wrongdoing, employers are obliged to conduct a fair workplace investigation. Failing to investigate or getting your investigation wrong could have a catastrophic effect on your organization. Not only could your organization risk a hefty financial penalty but you could also risk having to reinstate a ‘bad apple’ straight back into your workplace. Equally as important to the investigation is the correct policy and consistently applied procedure so the process will stand up to any potential external scrutiny.


Ian Fielder, South Region chair, thanked Linx International for hosting the event at their main UK Training Centre and for providing refreshments and the speaker for sharing his knowledge and experience. A sum of £63 was raised to divide equally between the regional charity and the national chair’s charity.

The next South region event is at the University of Sussex on 31 May and is a talk on Operational Readiness. You can find full details here.

You can read more about BIFM's World FM Day activities here.

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