World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom

Products

Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology

Features

General articles, applications and industry analysis

BESA’s latest on-site Covid-19 guidance

UK: The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has published new guidance to help engineering and construction firms keep their staff safe in the light of new government Covid-19 restrictions.

The Association’s Covid-19 Panel has produced two new guidance documents, which it says provides clear and practical information about how to reduce the risk of virus transmission on site and methods for carrying out risk assessments for workers who have to stay away from home.

“The new guides are all about prioritising workers and customer/client safety,” said BESA health & safety advisor Becky Crosland. “As we see a rise in the R number across the country it is clear that the threat of infection from Covid-19 remains very much alive. It is therefore vital that businesses have robust procedures to safeguard against the risks employees face on site and in domestic settings.”

She also reiterated the warning that the two-metre social distancing restriction remains in place on construction sites.

“Some people seem to think the two metre restriction has been reduced to one metre – it has not. Infection risk is between and two and 10 times higher at one metre,” said Crosland. “If it is impossible to remain two metres apart, you should apply other controls like reducing the duration of time you spend together or avoiding face-to-face contact.”

These are the latest of a suite of documents produced by BESA during the crisis. All of the documents are said to have been thoroughly researched, taking into account current government guidance, and providing a series of steps that any employer can put into practice.

The guidance is freely available and downloadable from the BESA website: www.theBESA.com/covid19.

Latest News

3rd March 2024

Green Skills Hub opens in Stockport

UK: A new Green Skills Hub has opened its doors at Stockport College in a bid to tackle the UK’s green skills gap.
2nd March 2024

Creating an alternative showcase

UK: A relocation to new premises by UK Alternative Energy Ltd has enabled the Lincoln-based renewable energy specialist to incorporate heat pumps, solar PV and battery storage solutions.
1st March 2024

Heat pump grant requests up 39%

UK: Applications for the UK’s boiler upgrade scheme in January were up 39% on January 2023, according to figures from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
1st March 2024

Bitzer to launch new hydrocarbon compressors

GERMANY: Bitzer is to expand its range of compressors with new models for use with hydrocarbon refrigerants.
29th February 2024

BESA backing for WorldSkills UK

UK:The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is organising the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) category of the WorldSkills UK competition.
29th February 2024

Beijer Ref to acquire Australian firm QAE

SWEDEN/AUSTRALIA: Beijer Ref will expand its position in the Australian market with the agreement to acquire 60% of the shares in Sydney-based Quality Air Equipment (QAE).