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Top Tips to Managing Asbestos for Landlords

Asbestos was a common building material between the 1960s and 1980s, before being banned in the UK in 1999.

Asbestos is not harmful unless it is disturbed, the building materials are still found in many homes today. Therefore, landlords could be prosecuted if tenants, workmen or visitors are exposed to the asbestos fibres.

If you are a landlord, we have a few tips for you:

  1. Carry out an asbestos risk assessment before any work is carried out in your properties and ensure you inform your tenants and any contractors of the possible risk of asbestos in your property.
  2. Use a competent contractor, who is licensed and understand the risks and how to deal with asbestos.
  3. If you have a common area of your property such as in purpose-built flats, houses converted into flats or HMOs you are required to carry out an annual asbestos risk assessment and ensure any asbestos is monitored regularly if not removed.
  4. Contact an asbestos specialist to carry out any work to remove or maintain the asbestos in your property.
  5. Ensure the company removing the asbestos is HSE registered.

A suitable risk assessment should contain the full details of the work of which needs to be undertaken and how long the work is expected to take. The assessment, as stated by HSE should include the following sections:

  1. Details of the type and quantity of the asbestos
  2. Details of the expected level of exposure
  3. Details of the controls to be used to reduce exposure e.g. use of local exhaust ventilation, controlled wetting, adequate PPE / RPE use of enclosures
  4. Decontamination procedures for tools, equipment and PPE
  5. Details on how asbestos waste will be managed
  6. Emergency procedures

We offer a range of asbestos courses to ensure the danger of exposure to asbestos is kept to a minimum.

 

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Asbestos removal company and managers sentenced after forging documents

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An asbestos removal company, and two of its managers, have today been prosecuted after forging documents in order to obtain an asbestos licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 16 March 2012 and 10 March 2016, Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd used both forged medical certificates and forged asbestos training certificates for their asbestos removal operatives. These forged documents had been made by their asbestos operations manager, David Lloyd, and included medicals in the name of the company operations manager, Lee Cooper, and forged training certificates for Lee Cooper and the managing director, Brendan O’Halloran. The doctor who had allegedly issued these medical certificates had retired sometime earlier to live outside the UK.

The HSE investigation found the defendants had used forged documents to obtain an asbestos licence from HSE in order to trade. The investigation also found the company could not show that they had properly trained or adequately monitored their workers who were exposed to asbestos.

David Lloyd, of Hanwell Close, Leigh pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 22(1)(c) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for two years and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Lee Cooper, of Shelley Close, Huyton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 22(1)(c) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was ordered to undertake 80 hours of community service and pay costs of £1,000.

Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd of West Quay Road, Warrington, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 22(1)(c) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £13,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

HSE inspector Matt Greenly said after the case:

“Putting people at risk from asbestos by not training them or monitoring their health, as required by law, not only puts their lives at risk from an incurable set of diseases, but is also wholly unnecessary.

“There are ample affordable training providers and approved doctors who can carry out these functions at the convenience of the contractor. Taking deliberate shortcuts by creating forged documents will not be tolerated by HSE and we will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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Beat the SPA Price Increase!

The SPA are increasing their fees from 1st May but if you’re already booked onto a course in May or beyond we will honour the current rate! Book onto our SPA/UKPIA courses before the 18th April to secure the existing rate.

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The SPA have announced that, as of the 1st May, they will be increasing the total price of the Petrol Retail Passport by £5.

We will therefore be raising our prices slightly to cover this increase. Our new rates for all courses after 30th April will be:

Course  Old Price New Price
UKPIA 2-Day £175 £180
UKPIA Refresher £110 £115
Replacement SPA/UKPIA Card £45 £50

How it will work

If you have confirmed a booking on one of our SPA/UKPIA courses before Wednesday 18th April, you will be charged at the old price, however, if you book after the 18th April (for a course that runs in May or beyond) you will be charged the new price.

If you wish to make a booking or find out more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 680497 or trainingadmin@tersusgroup.co.uk