CIBSE publishes guidance on reoccupying buildings after lockdown

Documents cover safe working practices and the assessment of building services

CIBSE has published guidance for business owners and managers on the safe reoccupation of buildings after lockdown.

As businesses start to consider bringing staff back into work premises, several issues need to be considered for the safety of everyone entering the building. Government guidelines should be followed.

The CIBSE guidance document is intended to give business owners and managers an outline of the main areas that need to be considered concerning safe working and the assessment of building services.

Additional guidance is available that looks at the issues around ventilation, and lifts and escalators:

Ventilation guidance is aimed at building owners/managers and operators when reopening buildings after a period of inactivity and considering the requirements for the ventilation system.

Recommissioning of lifts and escalators post-lockdown – many lifts and escalators will have been switched off during lockdown. While most will go back into service without any glitches, some precautionary steps should be taken before returning them to regular service.