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INDUSTRY NEWS Inbrief


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is asking for comment on one of its most widely used guidance documents- Guide M: Maintenance Engineering and Management, ahead of a complete update. www.cibse.org


The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is backing calls for an extension on the transition time for products to display the UKCA Mark instead of the established EU ‘CE’ Mark. https://bcia.co.uk


A-Gas, the specialist in the supply and lifecycle management of refrigerants, has launched A-Gas Italia. The move allows A-Gas to extend its refrigerant recovery and reclamation services into Italy and southern Europe www.agas.com


A Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill which will be vital for the achievement of net zero, to spur greater investment by industry and lower fuel bills has been introduced in both Houses of Parliament. sustainableenergyassociation.com


The personnel registration scheme SKILLcard has revamped the cards operatives must carry to gain access to sites with the new design better reflecting its contactless operation. www.skillcard.org.uk


A team from National Ventilation has successfully completed a half-ultra-challenge, hiking 53km through the Peak District on 3 July 2021 to raise money for the Young Lives vs Cancer charity. www.nationalventilation.co.uk


New appointments at Aermec include David Ede, Nick Spargo and Daniel Shelton as business development managers; Danny Lear as London & South sales manager; Michel Marsal as a senior applications engineer; and Phil Atkins as a project manager. www.aermec.co.uk


Emily Yates of Craggs Energy is the winner of UKIFDA Young Person of the Year Award, launched this year to recognise the achievements of rising stars in the industry. https://ukifda.org


6 August 2021 TRADE BODIES CALL FOR CAUTION T


wo engineering services bodies have stepped up their health & safety advice now that working conditions have beginning to return to normal.


The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)


and ECA, the engineering and electrotechnical services body, have joined forces to produce free guidance notes for members and the wider industry alongside a warning that the pandemic has still not relaxed its grip on the industry. This updated advice draws on the expertise of more than


30 health and safety practitioners from the construction and related sectors combined with the latest government guidelines to help employers keep their operatives and members of the public safe. Although the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has


announced that its Site Operating Procedures (SOPs) will no longer be mandatory from 19 July, BESA and the ECA are still urging caution. “Removing legal requirements does not mean it makes


sense to immediately drop all the measures that have kept people safe over the past year,” said BESA’s head of health and safety Becky Crosland. “Common sense should prevail, and we expect most sites will choose to retain a number of voluntary measures including risk assessment, the wearing of face coverings and social distancing wherever possible.” Paul Reeve, ECA’s director of CSR and public affairs


added: “Many in construction and wider services sectors are increasingly looking beyond 19 July to 16 August. The Government announced that, from that date, double vaccination will begin to provide exemption from having


to self-isolate. Many in the industry would like the 16 August date brought forward, even in the face of the practical difficulties. These range from how to encourage workers to achieve double vaccination, to the implications of government advice that workers should take a PCR test following a ‘COVID positive ping,” he added. The new publication ‘BESA/ECA Health and Safety


Guidance Notes and Support for COVID 19’ will help employers navigate the next few months, according to the two bodies. It contains nine separate pieces of guidance designed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in workplaces. It covers travel arrangements, working on-site and continues to reflect the latest version of the SOPs. “Although we are seeing a gradual return to something


like normal life, this actually increases the risk of another surge in infections in many workplaces,” said Crosland. “That is why it is more important than ever to have robust safety regimes in place and to be aware of the latest guidance on reducing exposure and the possibility of transmission. “The industry has done an amazing job over the past


16 months to keep operating under the most difficult of conditions and still managing health and safety, but we absolutely must not relax now, or we risk another lockdown,” she added. “That is why we are urging everyone across the sector to take advantage of this free guidance and of the expertise both associations can provide on a daily basis.” To access the guidance visitwww.theBESA.com


CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF HUMIDITY UNDERLINED H


umidity Solutions managing director John Barker has highlighted the critical importance of humidity control in buildings, at an event marking the 50th anniversary of


the production of the Vapac brand of humidifiers in the UK. The celebration took place at the London Classic Car


Show, held at Syon Park in West London. Originally produced by the Eaton Williams Group in


Edenbridge Kent, the Vapac product line was purchased by Nortek Global HVAC in 2015 and is now manufactured at their facilities in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. At the Syon Park event, Mr Barker said: “Fifty years is a


landmark worth marking, so here at the classic car show – where the series 3 Jaguar e type is also celebrating a similar anniversary – it seemed like an opportunity not to be missed. “Both machines are British manufactured and, whilst I


think we have to accept that the Jaguar wins in so far as being a style icon is concerned, the Vapac humidifier has been the leader in its field for half a century – so it has truly passed the test of time. “So, as the positive effects of good humidity control


become more widely understood in manufacturing, human wellbeing and conservation, there is no sign of its popularity slowing down any time soon. “It is both companies’ desire to promote humidity


control as part of the increasing awareness of Indoor Air Quality, and greater understanding of how creating a stable humidity improves human comfort and health, whilst from the employers’ standpoint also increasing productivity and efficiency – creating a measurable payback. “In the past year – although in drastic circumstances


– the link between poor indoor air quality and the transmission of airborne bacteria, viruses and pollution has received long overdue publicity. “Perhaps our industry and political leaders will use this data to put into place legislation covering recognisable standards for indoor air quality within the work place and home.”


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