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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Employers more worried about safety than penalties

Building services employers are more worried about keeping their workers safe than being sued over project delays, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Contractors should not feel pressurised into carrying out work during the COVID-19 crisis if it cannot be done safely, the Association said. It pointed out that site operating procedures are guidance and not law so...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

BESA calls for help with site safety guidance

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) are spearheading work to produce site safety guidance for the mechanical and electrical (M&E) sector and is calling for industry feedback. The guidance, which has been drafted by the Association’s newly formed COVID-19 Health and Safety Experts Panel, is designed to ensure workers can work...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Military blueprint points way for industry reform

The military-style planning used to deliver emergency NHS projects during the COVID-19 crisis should be used to inspire long-term industry reform, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Collaboration between engineers and military planners enabled the transformation of the Excel exhibition centre in London into the 4,000 bed Nightingale Hospital in just 10 days; while...

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Air cleaning should become standard practice after pandemic

Clean air technologies and strategies should be adopted by every healthcare facility in the UK in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Information is emerging rapidly about how the coronavirus can be spread around buildings leading indoor air quality (IAQ) experts to agree on the need for more proactive measures to tackle airborne...

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Government should set payment example during crisis

The government should ensure its construction supply chains are paid promptly and sub-contractors receive retention payments during the Covid-19 crisis, according to a member of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). Ann Bentley, global board director of the consultant Rider Levett Bucknall, told a webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) that both public and...

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