THE BRITISH Standards Institution (BSI) is to review the code of practice for Earthworks BS 6031:1981 to take account of advances in this field. It aims to produce a draft for public comment by the end of this year.
The code has been used for the past 25 years both in the UK and overseas and deals with earthworks forming part of general civil engineering construction. It currently excludes earthworks for dams and canals.
A working party including representatives from Health and Safety Executive, Highways Agency, County Surveyors Society, Institution of Highways and Transportation and the British Geotechnical Association will carry out the review.
Comments should be addressed to John Devaney of the BSI, john.devaney@bsi-global. com