AsbestosThis month, Bradley Environmental reflects on the 20th anniversary of the Asbestos Prohibition (Amendment) Regulations 1999 coming into force.

On the 24 November 1999, the UK outlawed the import, supply and manufacture of asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The Asbestos Prohibition (Amendment) Regulations 1999 formed the pinnacle of a series of laws that were put into place with the first ban coming into force on 1st January 1986 (The Asbestos Prohibition Regulations). As the debilitating health risks associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibres became increasingly apparent, the pressure for a national ban began to mount.

Many people don’t realise that during the 70s and early 80s, only voluntary bans were used to control the import of asbestos into the UK. 

We have had some great feedback from our clients in the last 6 months. Take a look at what people have been saying about us and our services!

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hsWe are excited to announce that we have relaunched our Health and Safety Membership Scheme. The scheme is designed to provide your business with a range of services and training to assist with compliance requirements and is suitable for businesses of all types and sizes.

You can now choose from 4 different packages including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Enjoy features such as Fire Risk Assessments and regular Health and Safety updates. Packages start from as little as £960 per year. Find out more about the packages we offer here.

Dust 2In June and July, the HSE will be targeting firms across Great Britain in a new series of inspections focussing on dust control. The inspections will concentrate on industries such as construction, woodworking and food manufacturing where occupational lung diseases, including some cases of occupational cancers, are more common.

The visits, which will be taking place across the country, will be focussing on what measures have been put in place to protect worker’s lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica, wood and flour dust.

They are looking for evidence of businesses knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls. Where necessary the HSE will also use enforcement to make sure workers are protected.

showerA comprehensive Legionella Risk Assessment is the starting point to establishing an ongoing water system control scheme.

HSE legislation requires that any property containing a water system should have a Legionella Risk Assessment in place, which should be reviewed every 2 years to identify any significant changes in the system, design or operating conditions. The control scheme is the most important aspect in preventing the risk from Legionella exposure and ensuring compliance with the HSE guidance Acop L8 “The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems”.

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We held our Easter raffle last week and managed to raise an amazing £239 for our chosen charity. Well done to all of our staff winners who won some wonderful Easter treats including chocolate, prosecco, gin and beauty products.

All money raised will be donated to our Charity of the Year, Mind, who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

You can find out more about our charity of the year here:


Why is asbestos in buildings dangerous?

“Asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.” – HSE

Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is more than the number of people killed on the road. Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure to asbestos.

When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself and your employees now.

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We are delighted to announce that our Charity of the Year for 2019 is Mind!

Mind was established as The National Association for Mental Health in 1946 by the merging of three major mental health organisations: The Central Association for Mental Welfare, The National Council for Mental Hygiene and The Child Guidance Council.


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Meet our lab staff in Blackpool! We asked Janice (Lab Supervisor), Shineade and Sharon (Lab Analysts), some questions about what they do day-to-day at Bradleys and in their spare time.

When did you all start working for Bradleys?

Janice - 2014

Shineade - 2015

Sharon - 2018 

Can you tell us a little bit more about your job role and the clients you currently work with?

Janice - “I ensure the smooth running of the lab. Regenda is one of our biggest clients and recently, we have also seen an increase in people bringing samples directly into the lab”.

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