asbestos caution smallA Company Director and his two engineering firms have been sentenced for failing to manage the risk from asbestos to employees within the workplace.

During a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection in 2019, it was discovered that a large quantity of asbestos containing materials (ACM’s), including insulating board, were present at the factory premises in Kidderminster, owned by Kespar Engineering Limited.

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.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee said asbestos remained the biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK warning that while "extreme exposures" might be a thing of the past, the risks were likely to escalate. More than 5,000 asbestos related fatalities were recorded in 2019.

The regulator has published the findings of its 33-month statutory intervention into Thistle Housing Association (THA), which it described as one of its “longest and most complex”.

The report sets out why the regulator intervened at THA, which was forced to transfer its homes to Sanctuary last year as a result of various failings, and what action it took to safeguard the interests of tenants.

lewis squareMeet Lewis, a Lab Analyst and Technical Support staff member from our office in North Wales. Lewis started with us last September so we asked him some questions about working for Bradleys and what he enjoys doing in his spare time.

Tell us a little bit about your current job role at Bradleys?
I support the technical team at the North Wales office and I have just qualified as a Lab Analyst where I study samples that may potentially contain asbestos.

How are you finding working at Bradleys?
It is an enthusiastic environment and I enjoy working with all of my colleagues. Learning more about the history of asbestos and understanding the commercial and domestic use of it is also really interesting.

Asbestos Management image Website smallStronger measures on asbestos management are needed to save lives, according to the global body for health and safety professionals.

A lack of consistency in managing asbestos among duty holders and a lack of awareness and knowledge about the material, particularly among smaller businesses, are among the issues concerning the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

bbcThe BBC has paid £1.64m in damages over the deaths of 11 former staff who died from cancer after working in corporation buildings riddled with asbestos.

It has made the payouts to families of make-up artists, engineers, riggers, set builders, studio managers and television producers. All 11 died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos.

UKAS white 100Following our most successful UKAS audit ever, we’re delighted to confirm the retention of our UKAS accreditation for Inspection and Testing. 

Bradley Environmental Consultants have held UKAS accreditation for Asbestos Inspections since 2004 and Asbestos Testing since 1991.

The UKAS auditors visited all five of our offices, to assess our technical activities and quality management systems over a five-week period.

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Marketing Assistant Sarah joined us in September and will be working closely with the Sales and Marketing Team. We asked Sarah some questions about her previous experience and what she likes to do in her spare time.

Where did you work before and what was your job role?
Previously I worked for an estate agent as their Digital Marketing Apprentice. In this role, I was able to study and gain the essential skills to put into practice now I’m at Bradleys.

Tell us a little bit about your current job role at Bradleys?
As the Marketing Assistant, I work closely with the Sales and Marketing department to help raise the profile of the organisation through social media, mail campaigns, the website, Livechat and more. I will also be working a lot with content and I will be producing videos and imagery to use across our website and social media channels. The role is great because it allows me to explore my creativity and share what we do as a company with our clients.

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Throughout October the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be conducting inspections of construction sites to monitor safety in the workplace. The month-long campaign #WorkRight began on 4th October 2021, with this year’s initiative focusing on construction site workers and how to help reduce the risk of respiratory issues and lung conditions due to their exposure to dust.

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