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Emerging from lockdown guidance launched by CIBSE

13 November 2020

Produced by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the latest guidance is free to download for all infrastructure professionals, giving guidance on a range of issues.

Emerging from lockdown guidance launched by CIBSE

New guidance from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), in conjunction with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), has provided civil engineers globally with up-to-date expertise on ventilation, safely re-occupying buildings, lift-use and occupancy, and recommissioning of lifts and escalators amid Covid-19.

The documents are free to download and designed to align guidance for building services engineers with the current scientific evidence. With a clear need for consistency amid the pandemic, the ICE encourages its members to be aware of the guidance and follow it where applicable.

Launched as part of CIBSE’s Emerging from Lockdown series, this evolving guidance currently includes documentation for the following areas:

The advice in this document is for building owners/managers and operators when reopening buildings following a period of inactivity and considering the requirements for the ventilation system.

Guidance on Safely re-occupying buildings
As businesses start to consider bringing staff back into work premises, a number of issues need to be considered for the safety of everyone entering the building. Government guidelines should be followed. This brief 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. It includes links to a new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website on minimising the risk of legionella.

Recommissioning of lifts and escalators post lockdown
Many lifts and escalators will have been switched off for lockdown. Whilst 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.

To download the guidance documents in this series, visit CIBSE’s Emerging from Lockdown.

  • Adam Kirkup, engineering communities manager at ICE