One of the most important ways Facilities Management supports core business activities is to ensure that the organisation remains compliant with the law. In order to highlight the significance of this role, take a moment to consider the potential consequences of getting it wrong.
Perhaps the first and most obvious consequence is the possibility of the organisation being fined for non-compliance. Fines for the most serious safety breaches are now routinely in the hundreds of thousands of pounds. Coupled with the need to pay not only your own legal costs but also those of the prosecution, non-compliance with legislation is a costly exercise.
Individuals can be imprisoned for breaches of health and safety law, with sentences of up to six months in the Magistrates’ Courts and up to two years in the Crown Courts.
Even individuals that avoid a custodial sentence will have to live with the stigma of a criminal conviction, which could restrict their ability to work in certain industry sectors or travel abroad.
Remember, both employers AND employees can be prosecuted under criminal law, sometimes simultaneously.
Loss of Reputation
Any organisation which fails to comply with legislation runs the risk of a loss of reputation and with it the loss of customers.
Increasingly, companies look carefully at the safety record of potential business partners and requests for details of any safety convictions have become standard on tender questionnaires.
The damage caused to an organisation’s reputation by a criminal conviction could last longer than the initial financial outlay.
Loss of Current or Potential Staff
If you were applying for a job with a company whom you found had been prosecuted under Health & safety legislation, or who been found to have broken employment or human rights law, would you think twice?
You probably would not want to work for an organisation which had a poor record in these areas and so your expertise and knowledge would be lost to the company.
Down time and Loss of Productivity
Breaches of certain laws often result in an organisation having to cease production until the errors have been rectified. This loss of production will inevitably result in a loss of income which, in a worst case scenario, could result in the company going out of business.
You may now be able to see how important it is that an organisation remains compliant with all legislation. With the emphasis on health and safety that comes with facilities management, coupled with other areas such as employment and human rights laws, the Facilities Manager plays a key role in enabling the organisation to remain compliant.
IWFM (BIFM) Qualifications
This article relates to the following IWFM (BIFM) Qualification Units:
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 3 in Facilities Management
- FM3.01 Introduction to Facilities Management
- FM3.02 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Facilities Management
- FM3.04 Specification and Procurement of Facilities Supplies and Services
- FM3.05 Health and Safety Responsibilities in Facilities Management
- FM3.13 Contribute to Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 4 in Facilities Management
- FM4.01 Overview of Facilities Management
- FM4.03 Understanding People Management in Facilities Management
- FM4.04 Understanding Facilities Management Support Services Operations
- FM4.05 Managing Health and Safety in own area of Facilities Management
- FM4.19 Sustainability and Environmental Issues and their impact on FM
- FM4.21 Understanding Procurement and Contract Management in FM
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 5 in Facilities Management
- FM5.03 Managing People in Facilities Management
- FM5.04 Risk Management in Facilities Management
- FM5.21 Managing Procurement and Contracts in Facilities Management
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 6 in Facilities Management
- FM6.01 Strategic Facilities Management
- FM6.02 Facilities Management Governance and Risk
- FM6.12 Procurement Strategy for Facilities Management