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General Requirements for EN14181 CEM Systems (QAL1)

General Requirements for EN14181 CEM Systems (QAL1)

A large number of sites across the UK are required under their environmental permit to install Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS). Many of these CEMS need to meet the requirements for MCERTS and the QAL1 section of EN14181 – the European standard for quality assurance of automated measuring systems – before on-site testing (QAL2 and an Annual Surveillance Test) can be performed.…

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Managing the Risk of Fire in Idle Buildings

Managing the Risk of Fire in Idle Buildings

With many buildings across the UK temporarily unoccupied as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, property owners and responsible person/s must do everything possible to prevent the risk of fires starting and spreading. While fires can easily start as a result of faulty or poorly maintained electrical and gas supplies, idle buildings are not as regularly inspected or monitored to assess the level of risk posed by fire, making them more vulnerable to arson attacks.…

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Are Your Leisure and Hospitality Premises COVID-Secure?

Are Your Leisure and Hospitality Premises COVID-Secure?

On 23 June 2020, the UK government announced it was permitting more businesses in England to reopen on 4 July in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, while also lessening social distancing guidelines to one metre or more where two metres is not physically viable. Businesses that will be resuming operations include pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, barbers, cinemas and theatres, although employers are legally required to carry out a detailed COVID-19 risk assessment to keep the risk of transmission as low as reasonably practicable.…

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Monitoring To Minimise Environmental Impact During Demolition And Construction Works

Monitoring To Minimise Environmental Impact During Demolition And Construction Works

During demolition and construction projects, especially in densely populated urban environments, dust, vibration and noise can pose issues for neighbouring businesses, local residents and the surrounding community. The creation of some levels of these pollutants is unavoidable, but construction firms are increasingly required to demonstrate that they are taking proactive steps to minimise the impact that their activities have on the environment and prove that they are operating within acceptable limits. Environmental monitoring is therefore increasingly mandated on all types of development projects.…

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Locating Sub-Surface Infrastructure with a Line and Level Correlation Survey

Locating Sub-Surface Infrastructure with a Line and Level Correlation Survey

When a development site is located near or above underground infrastructure – such as rail tunnels or utilities - and the project requires piling, excavation or other sub-surface works, conducting a line and level correlation survey is the critical first step in understanding the geospatial relationship between the proposed construction works and the existing below ground asset. Without this knowledge, the owners of the underground asset will not grant permission for works to proceed.…

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