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BSI publishes new standard for ground gas

New guidance for ground investigations involving potentially toxic gases has been published today by UK standards organisation BSI.

BSI has said that BS 8576 Guidance on investigations for ground gas will help to reduce the potential risks to people, buildings and the general environment from contaminated land and “brownfield” sites.

The standard has been designed for use with BS 10175 Investigations of potentially contaminated sites - Code of practice and provides guidance on ground gases, volatile organic compounds and permanent gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and oxygen.

According to the BSI, the new guidance, which was developed through collaboration with Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Environment Agency and the Institution of Civil Engineers, has been developed to help prevent delays or refusal of planning permission resulting from inadequate investigations for ground gas.

The new standard includes a framework for assessing development sites and the risks posed by gassing sites and guidance for investigations of gases under part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Damage Regulations.

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