WHAT’S NEW? Essity Introduces New Tork

Hygiene Stand A new addition to the Tork range will add an extra layer of hygiene to the office environment.

Tork manufacturer Essity has introduced a hygiene stand that accommodates Tork Alcohol Foam Hand Sanitiser and a box of Tork Facial Tissues. This provides staff and visitors with easy access to hygiene facilities in workplace reception areas, meeting rooms and shared office spaces.

“Colds and flu are perennial problems in the office environment – and it’s no wonder,” said Tork FM Sector Sales Manager, Stuart Hands. “Many people today struggle in to work even when they are suffering from an infection or virus. And they will often greet colleagues and customers with a hand-shake even though they are ill.

The freestanding unit forms part of a complete range of Tork workplace cleaning and hygiene systems – all of which feature in the Tork Office Web Tool. This provides facilities managers with a comprehensive web-based checklist to help them equip each area of their building with essential cleaning and hygiene supplies.

IFMA Approves Petition For

New Chapter In UK The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has approved a petition for the formation of a regional chapter within the United Kingdom. The new chapter will offer facility management (FM) professionals direct localised support that taps into the global industry in ways not currently available in the UK market.

As the largest and longest-standing professional organisation dedicated to facility management, IFMA is positioned to deliver new value to the national FM industry, companies relying on strategic FM and individual practitioners.

The formation of the chapter, which joins 136 IFMA chapters across more than 100 countries, comes at a time


The tool uses an interactive graphic of an office to highlight hygiene and cleaning challenges in each part of a facility. Recommendations are then given on how to meet these challenges.

“The office as we know it is changing and new cleaning challenges are arising from practices such as hot- desking, shared equipment and the increasing use of touchscreens,” said Stuart.

“Facilities managers are expected to be experts in a wide range of fields including fire safety, security, landscaping and catering which

when IFMA, through its collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is unifying the profession by driving formation of consistent practice standards via the International Organization for Standardization and working to more tightly integrate FM with the larger built environment industry.

Petitioners, who included senior FM leaders and Fellows of both IFMA and RICS from around the country, stated: “It is strategically important that IFMA be a leader in the FM conversation in the UK. A vital aspect of this is to utilise people in the field who work daily in this industry.

“The chapter will provide a voice and a mechanism to pool and channel that talent, especially at a senior level. The chapter will also act as a community for people to grow their

means they may not have time to consider the finer details of hygiene supplies. Our web tool makes it easier for them to tick off the items they need when equipping the meeting room, office, reception area, break room and washroom,” he continued.

The new Tork Hygiene Stand supports the long-running NHS: “Catch it. Bin it. Kill it” campaign. This urges people suffering from colds and flu to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue; throw the tissue away afterwards and then wash their hands to kill the germs.

career and gain skills and knowledge though resources IFMA provides.”

Commenting on the announcement, global leader in facility management Kath Fontana FRICS, who has been recently elected to the role of Senior Vice President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said: “The RICS-IFMA alliance is strategically important for the advancement of the global facility management profession and for the development of a more sustainable and people focussed built environment.”

The chapter’s mission is “to enhance, evolve and expand the knowledge of facility managers with a focus on the United Kingdom, while also providing pathways to career for professionals within the industry.”

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