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The British Standards Institution has announced the availability of British Standard BS5930, a code of practice dealing with site investigations. The standard supersedes BS5931.

Weeks Technical Services has secured a nationwide five year materials testing contract with Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance. The £10M contract will operate on an open-partnership basis called RSA-WEEKS.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is focusing on the construction sector this year with the RoSPA 2000 Occupational Health & Safety Awards. Tel: (0121) 248 2000.

Contrary to last week's report the Silent Road Campaign has been launched to promote the use of noise-reducing asphalts.

A comprehensive guide has been produced to assist all those keen to be involved with National Construction Week, whichruns from 3-9 April. Free copies of the guide are available by telephoning (01242) 577 277.

Environmental considerations have been allowed to override the conventional formula for awarding agriculture ministry grants for flood and coastal defences for the first time. A grant of nearly £1M has been awarded by the ministry for flood defences at Wellsand Burnham Overy, Norfolk, which will protect an internationally important conservation site.

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