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The British Measurement and Testing Association

The Voice of Measurement and Testing

BMTA was created in 1990 in response to the need for an independent ‘lobby’ for the private sector to speak with one voice to Government, UKAS, BSI and other official bodies on issues affecting the whole measurement and testing community.

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Kiwa UK Group announces involvement in Hydrogen Strategy Now Campaign

Hydrogen Strategy Now is a campaign made up of leading businesses, such as Kiwa, operating in the UK, united in their belief that the Government must establish a UK-wide hydrogen strategy. Collectively under this campaign they have written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, this week urging him to open discussions for a UK-wide hydrogen strategy as part of a post-COVID recovery. Such focus would create high-skilled green jobs, secure investments into the UK economy as well as export opportunities, while also providing a pathway towards Net Zero targets.

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UKWISPA membership soars as fixed wireless access broadband elevates to mainstream

The number of Fixed Wireless Access internet providers across the UK has jumped as homes and businesses create demand for faster broadband. Ofcom, the regulating body of UK communications services, has also joined the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA), the official trade body recognised by UK authorities for the high-standard delivery of internet access services. Becoming a key stakeholder in UKWISPA, Ofcom is recognising fixed wireless as a mainstream broadband service to the public.

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IDTechEx - Testing Waste Water to Find COVID

In July 2020, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology announced a standardised UK system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, to provide an early warning of future outbreaks, reducing the reliance of testing large populations. Sewage surveillance is one of the most promising methods to identify hotspots. The virus can be detected in the sewerage and wastewater supplies and indicate the potential for a major outbreak.

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UKAS Asbestos technical advisory committee member required

UKAS is currently in the process of reviewing the membership and terms of reference for their Asbestos technical advisory committee (TAC). BMTA members with an interest in the asbestos sector are invited to nominate a BMTA representative to join the committee.

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Covid 19

BEIS Webinar on Returning to Work - for Laboratories and Research Facilities

BEIS recent webinar on Returning to Work for Laboratories and Research Facilities is now available to watch, on demand, HERE. For those operating university laboratories, GUIDANCE has been published to help providers of higher education In England understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus outbreak and provide services to students.

BEIS have also issued a SURVEY on how businesses are finding returning to work. This survey is to assist BEIS in understanding the issues being encountered when returning to the workplace or restarting operations. They would be grateful for your input. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest updates to government guidance, please subscribe to the Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin HERE.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - UPDATE

The Government updated their detailed guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme late on 12th June 2020. The updated guidance clarifies how employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis from 1 July (known as flexible furloughing).

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Government updates advise on Furlough to cover parents on family leave

The Government has announced that parents on family leave who return to work in the coming months can be furloughed and are exempt from the 10 June cut-off date, provided the employer has previously furloughed employees. This amendment to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme applies to those on maternity, paternity, adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave.

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Safe Working Guidelines published by BSI

BSI has published Safe Working Guidelines. The guidelines provide a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. BSI plans to update the guidelines in the current weeks, based on the feedback they receive.

Please follow the links to the PRESS RELEASE and GUIDELINES documents.

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BMTA represents the interests of the measurement and testing industry in the UK and in Europe, through its representation on EUROLAB, the voice for laboratories in Europe.

BMTA will encourage you to make your views known in the standards making process, both nationally and internationally, through the Association and individual membership of relevant committees. We work to increase awareness of the measurement and testing industry, and provide training, through seminars and workshops, on topical subjects. It is a non-profit making association that is run by a Council elected by its members.

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