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Toxic Dust - it's not 'just' Asbestos

Updated 12 September 2022. In October last year, we reported on proposals that Health and Safety Executive inspectors would be undertaking spot checks on over 1,000 construction sites (see Construction News: Dangerous dust on sites targeted in new HSE crackdown). The spot checks would include the auditing of health and safety practices in relation to the management of dangerous dust (including asbestos, silica and wood). HSE inspectors would also be assessing dust extraction processes and the us...

October 22, 2021

Building insurance claims and Asbestos

Updated 22 September 2022. Come wind or shine, hail or high winds, we all dread the prospect of any potential damage to our property. And it's no surprise that the last thing you may think about if you're in the unfortunate position of dealing with property damage, is whether you have Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in your pre-2000 dwelling or commercial building.  However, this is exactly what you should be considering as you decide how to deal with the fall-out and prioritise remedi...

August 10, 2021

Asbestos - licensed vs. non-licensed

Updated 13 September 2022.Obviously if work is required that involves disturbing an Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), it makes sense to use a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) licensed Asbestos contractor but... do you have to?...

June 6, 2021

Asbestos - don't panic?

Updated 6 September 2022. Whenever anyone calls us here at Asbestos Limited, if asbestos is something they haven’t had to deal with before, there’s a tendency to panic. They risk throwing money at the problem before fully understanding why.  It’s a natural response and usually a fear of the unknown is to blame. However, we always advise it’s worth taking some time to understand where the risks may be before taking that action....

May 17, 2021

My DIY project: Is there an asbestos risk?

Updated 3 August 2022.How many people consider the asbestos risk when decorating their homes?...

April 12, 2021

Asbestos management - is there a conflict of interest?

Updated 28 July 2022. A one-stop shop approach to asbestos management is usually not the best approach... Learn more from Kent specialists in asbestos management....

March 29, 2021

Why do I need asbestos training?

Updated 21 July 2022. Following our previous posts: 'Why do I need an asbestos register?' and 'When asbestos management goes wrong', it seemed pragmatic to explain the different levels of asbestos-related training and explain under what circumstances each level is appropriate.   As specialists in asbestos management, based in Kent, we also strive to education and inform and in this post we want to differentiate between the different levels of training - from basic awareness traini...

February 22, 2021

When asbestos management goes wrong

Updated 13 July 2022. As specialists in asbestos management, based in Kent, we aim to inform and educate in order to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the importance of following asbestos management regulations. In the blog 'Why do I need an Asbestos Survey?', we explained under what circumstances an Asbestos Register is required and why an asbestos survey should be undertaken. The duty to manage asbestos is contained in regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012&...

January 25, 2021

Why do I need an asbestos survey?

Updated 5 July 2022. Always remember - any building built before 2000, has the potential to have Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) present. If your building was built after 2000, you don’t need to read any further...but it wouldn’t hurt. The Health and Safety Executive also remind us on its website that brownfield sites may be contaminated with asbestos if previously developed - often for industrial and commercial purposes.  Old equipment, such as ovens, brakes, soundproofi...

January 25, 2021

Alternative to asbestos disposal

Updated 20 June 2022. As specialists in Asbestos surveys, testing and removal, Asbestos Limited, based in Kent, are always interested to follow new and sustainable means to manage the disposal of Asbestos. Thermal Recycling, based in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, opened a new demonstration plant in November 2020 to provide what it claims is the world’s first socially and environmentally responsible alternative to asbestos disposal....

December 16, 2020

Asbestos - what is the risk?

Updated: 26 May 2022. According to the HSE (see Cancer and construction: Asbestos), Asbestos is the biggest occupational disease risk to construction workers. Its commissioned research estimates it was responsible for the death of over 2,500 construction workers in 2005 – more than two-thirds of cancer deaths in the industry. The latest Asbestos-related disease statistics in Great Britain, 2021 were published in December 2021. Specialists in Asbestos surveys, testing and removal, Asbestos Limi...

December 2, 2020

Portable device detects asbestos fibres in real time

Installation of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) has been banned in many countries for some time now. A lot of buildings still have ACMs, the fibers of which can get stirred up when work such as renovations or demolition are being performed. In order to help protect the people performing such work, scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have developed what they say is the world's first portable, real-time detector of airborne asbestos.Currently, in order to test for airborne asbestos,...

August 23, 2019

Fined for failing to undertake asbestos assessment

A property management company has today been sentenced after failing to carry out an asbestos survey prior to undertaking extensive refurbishment works.Huntingdon Magistrates' Court heard how, between April and May 2017, Thistlemoor Healthcare and Management Ltd undertook construction work at two properties, one of which was part of a medical centre in Peterborough. In this time, the company failed to carry out an asbestos survey for either property, both of which were likely to contain asbestos...

August 23, 2019

Notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos

All non-licensed work needs to be carried out with the appropriate controls in place. But for notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW), employers also have additional requirements to:Notify work with asbestos to the relevant enforcing authority;Ensure medical examinations are carried out; andMaintain registers of work (health records).Is my work NNLW?Whether a type of asbestos work is either licensable, NNLW or non-licensed work has to be determined in each case and will depend on the type and condit...

August 23, 2019

Dangers in the Dust (from BBC News)

Extracts from BBC News Inside the global asbestos trade. Full story on the link at the end of the page.  Banned or restricted in more than 50 countries, white asbestos continues to be widely used in China, India, Russia and Brazil, and many developing countries. The BBC's Steve Bradshaw and Jim Morris from the ICIJ report on an industry supported by a global network of lobby groups.New evidenceAnd recently, the scientific case against white asbestos may be hardening.John Hodgson of the...

August 23, 2019

Where will the waste go?

Helping people understand the concept and purpose of an asbestos waste transfer station, as opposed to an asbestos landfill site, is proving harder than we thought.  But its importance cannot be over estimated.It is no accident that Asbestos has been banned from being added to products used in the UK since November 1999.  This means that Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are no longer permitted in the UK, even if they are manufactured elsewhere.Unt...

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