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Asbestos - licensed vs. non-licensed

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?

Whenever anyone calls us, 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 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?

During lockdown DIY projects increased phenomenally and whilst a refurbishment can be a very exciting distraction, how many people stopped and thought about the potential risks? Prior to knocking down walls and ripping up floorboards, it’s important to consider the age of your home. All buildings built before 2000 have the potential to have Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) present.  ...

April 12, 2021

Asbestos management - is there a conflict of interest?

A one-stop shop approach to asbestos management is usually not the best approach......

March 29, 2021

Why do I need asbestos training?

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.   Within the flow of the Duty to Manage Asbestos, there are different levels of training, but most seem to focus on the workers and supervisors that are actually at risk of coming into contact with Asbestos Containing Materials (...

February 22, 2021

When asbestos management goes wrong

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 which provides the key responsibilities of the duty holder. Now, what seems to have been happening since this regulation came into force, is that companies are having their management surveys carried out and checking to ...

January 25, 2021

Why do I need an asbestos survey?

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....

January 25, 2021

Alternative to asbestos disposal

Thermal Recycling, based in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, has opened a new demonstration plant last month 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?

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....

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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