23 August 2019 | Facilitate team
Our selection of workplace and facilities management announcements made this week.
APPOINTMENT: The Westgrove Group has appointed Adrian Canale business development director to support Westgrove's expansion in the south. Canale has over 15 years of experience working in the FM industry.
RESEARCH: The Oral Health Foundation has found that more than a quarter (28 per cent) of British adults turn to sugar when put under stress. With half of workers reporting feeling stressed in their jobs the organisation is now calling on employers to do more to help combat stress and offer more support to their employees to maintain good oral health.
SAFETY: A window washer working at height - the 53rd floor of a Chicago building - needed to be rescued by the fire department. The cleaner's "lines got messed up", the fire department said, and a rescue crew climbed to the roof and dragged the man 80-90 feet to safety.
DISPUTE: Unison has agreed to suspend the strike action due to begin on 26 August at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Facilities staff including security, porters and catering staff were set to strike to stay in the NHS amid their transfer to Bradford Healthcare Facilities Management. The trust had said employees would have the same contract terms and conditions as they had with the trust for the 25-year duration of the contract.
TRAINING: Wolverhampton University is building a £100 million pound National Centre for Construction and Development Excellence near the city centre. The campus, which will be located at the old Springfield Brewery site, will offer students courses in facilities management as well as building control, building services, quantity surveying, planning and construction management.