Schools Compliance AuditsAn Asbestos Compliance Audit is an assessment of an organisations documentation, procedures and policies to ensure that the management plan is compliant with the current Control of Asbestos regulations.

For a limited time, Bradley Environmental Consultants will be offering an in-person Asbestos Compliance Audit to all education buildings in the Yorkshire area, these will be provided at no cost to the client. 

Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used extensively in the construction of schools and other public buildings from the 1950s until the use of asbestos in the UK was completely banned in 1999. When asbestos is in good condition, it poses no significant health risks, the danger arises when materials are disturbed and asbestos fibres are released that it can become cause of life-threatening illnesses, such as mesothelioma. Many school buildings constructed or refurbished during this period still contain a significant amount of ACMs.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 includes the duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises, including buildings within the education sector. The responsibility falls to the duty holder, in many cases, this is the person that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of the premises.

How does it work?

The free audits will be carried out by our Qualified Asbestos Consultants, during an in-person site meeting and walkabout, or alternatively we can also offer an online meeting via TEAMS etc.

During the meeting, the asbestos consultant will go through a bespoke compliance questionnaire, so they can begin to understand the school’s level of compliances to identify successes and areas where improvements can be made.

What will you receive?

Following completion of the audit, a written report will be provided to the duty holder highlighting the asbestos consultant’s findings and recommendations. This report will detail where the schools is compliant and where improvements can be made to achieve full compliance.

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Exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), commonly known as silica, can cause irreversible lung diseases when breathed in over time. Inspectors will be checking that workers’ lung health is being protected. They will look for evidence of employers and workers knowing the risks, planning their work, and using the right controls.

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Legionella bacteria commonly found in water, can cause a serious type of lung infection known as Legionnaires’ disease, outbreaks occur from purpose-built water systems where temperatures are warm enough to encourage growth of the bacteria.

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick is understood to be chairing meetings about the situation and has said that none of those on the barge have shown signs of having the disease and are all being provided with “appropriate advice and support”.

Charities of 2023 announcement

Bradley Environmental Consultants are pleased to announce that they have partnered up with two local foodbanks to offer support in 2023.

Staff members and the management team have chosen the Batley Food Bank, which is local to the Wakefield Office and The Black Country Food Bank which is local to the head office in Halesowen.

Batley Food Bank, which was established in 2013, has helped 1000’s of people in need, by providing people of Batley and surrounding areas with 7-day food parcels, which can be collected from the centre or special arrangements for delivery can be made to those who are unable to visit the food bank.

The Black Country Food Bank was established in 2006 and helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food and toiletries supplies, while a longer-term solution is developed.

Both foodbanks have provided us with shopping lists of suitable goods that the staff can donate into collection boxes provided at each office, as well as QR codes and money collection pots to collect donations from staff and visitors.

Hot Topic EventsComing in 2023, Bradley Environmental Consultants will be running a series of half day sessions across the country aimed to provide clients with information surrounding asbestos management.

This half day event aims to clarify some of the responsibilities that clients have with regards to their asbestos management requirements. Many clients commission survey reports without support on what to do next, this session will aim to answer some of those questions.

As such an essential part of your asbestos management toolkit it might seem obvious how this is dealt with. This session aims to further develop knowledge and understanding to further empower you as an end user of asbestos surveys. We will also look at some of the pitfalls and “dark arts” employed on occasion to generate work.

This session aims to clarify some of the ambiguity surrounding asbestos removal as well as provide clients with a “deep dive” into the role of the analyst during remedial works.

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dustThroughout June the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be conducting inspections of construction sites as part of the month-long respiratory health initiative, Dust Kills. The campaign focuses on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease.

Each year in the construction industry, there are thousands of preventable cases of ill health caused by lung disease due to past exposure to dust at work. These diseases often have a life-changing impact and can result in an early death.

Danger asbestosThe Government must commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within 40 years, MPs say today, with the risk to health only likely to increase as buildings are adapted with the move to net zero.

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