CIBSE and SAGE publish four guidance documents amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

CIBSE and SAGE publish four guidance documents amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Institute of Civil Engineers has announced that the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), alongside the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), has published guidance on the subject of ventilation, safely re-occupying buildings, lift-use and occupancy, and the recommissioning of lifts and escalators amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance, which is split into four documents, was launched as part of the CIBSE’s Emerging from Lockdown series.

The guidance covers four areas, each with its own document:

• ventilation—the advice is for building owners/managers and operators when reopening buildings following a period of inactivity and considering the requirements for the ventilation system amid the coronavirus pandemic

• guidance on safely re-occupying buildings—this document is intended to give business owners, managers and employers an outline of the main areas that need to be considered concerning both safe working practices and the assessment of building services as businesses start to consider bringing staff back into work premises

• recommissioning of lifts and escalators post lockdown—many lifts and escalators have been switched off during the lockdown. While most will go back into service without any glitches, there are some precautionary steps that should be taken before returning them to regular service

• lift use and occupancy—this document provides guidance on reducing the risk of using lifts in the current circumstances. It is primarily intended for application in offices, but may be applied to other buildings subject to an appropriate risk assessment

The four guidance documents can be found here.

Source: Emerging from lockdown guidance launched by CIBSE

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