COVID-19 Information Sharing

This is an online information centre for ANC members to share new insight, information and best practice during the current COVID-19 situation.

The Association of Noise Consultants and the Institute of Acoustics have updated their Guidance on the Practicality and Reliability of Baseline Sound Level Surveying and related matters during the current COVID-19 pandemic to Version 4. It can be found here.

This page also includes links to useful information provided by others which relate to running your business and how the construction sector may be affected.

Contractual Guidance

Build UK has worked with Wedlake Bell to produce comprehensive guidance for all parties in the supply chain on contractual issues caused by coronavirus. Under the circumstances, performance of current contracts is likely to become increasingly difficult ‐ there may be delays, labour and materials shortages, and increasing costs ‐ and the guidance offers practical advice on what to do in each situation.

Government Advice

All the information on government advice and support relating to COVID-19 for businesses, including furloughed staff, can be found here.    A new Business Hub providing government information can be found here.

Guidance on working safely on construction sites or out of doors available here.

Guidance on working safely in people’s homes available here.

A new ‘support finder’ tool aims to help businesses and the self-employed quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.  By completing a quick and simple online questionnaire, you will then be directed to a list of all the financial support that may be available.

Construction Leadership Council (CLC)

The CLC has  produced Site Operating Procedures version 4

The Public Health England (PHE) guidance on Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID‐19), which includes sections on Construction and the Use of private vehicles and car pooling for travelling to work, has been incorporated into what is now industry‐recognised guidance, supported by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma.

CLC advice on Coronavirus Employment Schemes 

Tax measures 

KPMG and Build UK have provided guidance on tax measures introduced by HMRC in response to coronavirus, including Time to Pay, business rates and property‐related grants, income tax deferral, VAT, and corporate tax.

CPD Activity

During this period, members may have some additional time to commit to CPD activity.  As a first step, members should check that they have their current contact email address registered with organisations, such as IOA and UKAN, who regularly send out information about all upcoming CPD related activities.

 CPD can take many forms and there is a vast catalogue of on line learning.  For larger companies these might be in house resources.  There is an ever increasing range of on line resources and activities being produced by the professional bodies.  The following is a list of common CPD activities

  • In-house and / or external training courses
  • Distance learning programmes
  • Self-directed private study
  • Preparation and delivery of papers, lectures and presentations
  • Attendance at relevant meetings, lectures, seminars and conferences
  • Relevant voluntary work – e.g. STEM ambassadors
  • Reviewing technical publications, relevant standards and guidance documents

Impact on acoustic consultancy work

Some points raised by member companies:

Noise levels in many areas will be atypical for perhaps an extended period of time. This raises two key issues:
– how do we do meaningful noise assessments in the absence of reliable data (for both noise break-in and also 4142 assessments) and
– how will local authorities react to this problem.

  • Noise surveys may need to be of shorter duration or at different times than would normally be undertaken.
  •  It may not be possible to use recently collected baseline noise survey information (for example, due to travel restrictions and untypical noise conditions), so previously collected or other alternative comparable data may need to be considered;
  • Noise assessment methodologies may need to be amended to take account of technical data that cannot be reasonably obtained at that time. Technical reports and assessment documents  may have to contain adapted methodologies from those considered typical, although still following best practice as far as is reasonably possible;
  • Environmental Health Officers at Local Authorities will be asked to adopt a pragmatic approach to considering technical documents accompanying planning applications, which, whilst not perhaps being carried out in the typical way, are still technically robust in accordance with good practice.