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Asbestos and Demolition - Contaminated Waste and Land

The expectation of finding asbestos on brownfield sites and historic piles of demolition rubble is quite normal and harks back to a very different time when asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) were not routinely removed from buildings prior to demolition. However, under modern legislation it is now largely unacceptable to demolish buildings which still contain ACM’s, other than where special circumstances apply - typically relating to safety or operational concerns. However, it is well known that such a practice still continues in some quarters, even where a robust safety case has not been prepared.

Asbestos and Demolition - Contaminated Waste and Land

Concerns Raised In Level Of Asbestos Training

With construction sites in the UK now re-opened following lockdown, ACS Physical Risk Ltd has raised concerns about the lack of asbestos training in the construction industry that has been undertaken since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Concerns Raised In Level Of Asbestos Training

HSE Legionella Alert

HSE Legionella Alert

Asbestos Contaminated Land – Real Risk vs Perceived Risk

An unfortunate legacy of Britain’s industrial past is the significant presence of asbestos on most brownfield sites. The assessment and risk management of this type of contamination is a particular specialism which can often present challenges for construction professionals, developers and environmental consultancies (it has long been recognised that traditional site investigations do not always properly address asbestos-related risks in view of the particular hazards and risks which are specific to asbestos).

Asbestos Contaminated Land – Real Risk vs Perceived Risk

Asbestos Risk Management Advances… and complacencies

As ACS celebrates its 40th anniversary in risk management and enters its 30th year of accredited asbestos services, reflection on how far the understanding of asbestos risk has come is encouraging. For example, in the UK we now have:

Asbestos Risk Management Advances… and complacencies

DSE Assessments

DSE Assessments

Martin Celebrates 20 years with ACS

Martin Celebrates 20 years with ACS

Choosing a Fire Risk Assessor

Choosing a Fire Risk Assessor

EVH and ACS Setting The Standard

In 1977 I began work on developing tests to identify asbestos. At the time there were no HSE guidance notes and no industry standards. My investigations took in x-ray diffraction, infra red spectroscopy, polarised light microscopy and electron microscopy. Eventually I helped choose the dispersion staining microscopy technique; the current standard set out in HSE Guidance.

EVH and ACS Setting The Standard

Asbestos in Construction

Asbestos in Construction

Manse Masterdor Fire Doors

Manse Masterdor Fire Doors

Asbestos and Tradespersons

Asbestos was first imported into the UK in large quantities by two Glasgow businessmen in 1871.

Asbestos and Tradespersons