Since the millennium there has been a specialist group of industry experts who volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to help support, guide and educate the profession.
Now chaired by Nick Blake, a member of G&T’s specialist Facilities Management consultancy team, FMW/1 is the BSI moniker for the growing group of FM professionals who make up the technical committee for Facilities Management.
As a group, FMW/1 members:
- draft standards for BSI
- represent the UK within European and international working groups and technical committees as participants, contributors and leaders
- draft European and international standards
- present and share the knowledge and guidance through ad hoc webinars
Since the committee’s inception, its members have produced 22 British, European and International standards, of which 15 are current. More impressively there are 15 active items in progress.
Whilst many of the members are affiliated with nominated organisations such as BSRIA, BESA and trade or government associations, there are a similar number of independent experts who dedicate some of their time to the betterment of the industry.
Standards themselves offer the opportunity to consolidate, ratify and disseminate the acquired knowledge of the industry from a wide spectrum of sectors and industries. Whilst standards are drafted by committee members (including temporary members), the draft documentation is submitted for peer and public review. This means standards are checked and agreed by a wide range of people.
In spite of the large amount of work that goes into them, in most cases standards are not mandatory. One is therefore not bound to follow them. What they do is provide a solid, rationalised, ratified starting point. Essentially you are saving time, effort and the cost of hiring consultants to provide third party independent advice. Because standards are guidance, they are liable to a modification of the pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule). You are able to follow the 80% that is applicable directly to your specific situation. And the 20% that is not? Well… you can modify it.
The support offered by the standards’ guidance only applies where standards exist that relate to the situation. For this reason we in the Facilities Management Technical committee are always looking for inspiration. This inspiration can be in the form of:
- joining the committee
- contacting the committee to propose an area that could benefit from standardisation
- commenting on the produced standards
- helping to draft British standards
- supporting or leading the drafting of international standards
Watch the Facilities Management webinar to discover an introduction to facility management standards and BS EN ISO 41001.
 BSI is a private company incorporated by Royal Charter in 1929 as the British Engineering Standards Association. It is recognised as the UK national standards body (NSB) by the UK Government.