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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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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

BESA opens support page for furloughed workers

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has set up a Facebook support page for furloughed workers in the building services sector. It will offer guidance and support through Facebook Lives, posts and discussions on topics including personal finance, mental health and coping with practical day to day issues. BESA Director of Training Helen Yeulet, who is on furlough herself, has...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

BESA urges clients to release retention money

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has supported a plea to the government to instruct construction clients to release £4.5bn currently being withheld from contractors in the form or retention payments. The Association backed the request, which was included in a letter from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to the Prime Minister, in a bid to inject much needed cash into...

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Don’t forget mental health during crisis, says BESA

Employers should prepare for a likely surge in mental health problems during the current lockdown, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). 41% of respondents to a poll of carried out by the Association said their mental health was worse than normal as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions – including 5% who said it was much worse. With lockdown restrictions only in...

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