What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals that were used commercially for their desirable physical properties, including flexibility, low energy conductivity, high tensile strength, and resistance to chemicals and heat. 

Despite the use of asbestos being entirely prohibited, it can still be found in all kinds of buildings, structures and working environments across the UK, which poses a very real threat to health, safety and wellbeing.

Why was asbestos banned?

Though a highly versatile substance, asbestos is incredibly dangerous and many types were prohibited in 1985, with the remaining types also banned in 1999. It first became popular in the late 19th century and reached its peak in the 1960s and 70s, which was when the UK was importing over 170,000 tonnes of it every single year. This is why it can still be found in all kinds of buildings and structures, as it was considered a fantastic material for a very long time.

It took many decades for scientists to realise that inhaled asbestos fibres become embedded deep within the lungs, which can lead to respiratory problems, mesothelioma, COPD and fatal cancers.

Asbestos Management Services
Asbestos Management Services

There’s a legal requirement to carry out an asbestos survey on buildings built before 2000. If you suspect there’s even a remote chance of there being asbestos on your premises leave it well alone and contact DPC Consultants immediately. We’ll visit your site to carry out an asbestos survey as per HSG264, which involves sending samples to an accredited lab for thorough testing using sophisticated microscopy equipment.

In the event that the results come back as positive, we’ll contact you immediately to organise the safe removal and disposal of all traces of asbestos in your property. Disposing of asbestos can only be carried out by an accredited company that follows the law surrounding it, which is followed up with official paperwork that proves the material was dealt with in compliance with UK law.

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We can also provide your business with up-to-date asbestos management documents. An asbestos management plan (AMP) will be created specifically for your business, taking into account any and all factors in order to shape it around your exact requirements. All our work is undertaken to ensure your compliance with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012- particularly Regulation 4 ‘The Duty to Manage’.

As part of the service, we’ll take you through each section of the AMP so that you’re confident in overseeing its application. This gives you an asbestos management strategy that will keep you compliant now and long into the future. Having an asbestos management plan in place is an excellent move–if you ever receive an inspection from a regulatory or enforcing body, they will absolutely need to see it and won’t be impressed if you fail to comply. By having your AMP ready to share, you’re demonstrating that your business can be trusted with asbestos management procedures and remove a lot of admin, delays and potential fines from the equation.

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Whilst an asbestos management plan is a major investment in compliance, it’s also crucial that your employees know how to spot signs of asbestos and prevent fibre release. Whether your staff know very little about Asbestos Containing Materials or already fully understand their duties under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, our asbestos management training will ensure that there are no gaps in their knowledge.

Our asbestos management training course includes documents for your business to use and adapt as required, making it a truly effective way to keep your employees safe against the hazards posed by asbestos.

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By now, you will have a feel for the level at which we work here at DPC Consultants. One of the most popular services we offer our clients is to take full control of their asbestos management systems and processes.

We have helped protect industrial and commercial clients from major fines and improvement notices from HSE regarding the quality of their asbestos management systems.

We have developed a unique system to follow when it comes to asbestos management. By outsourcing this function to us, you can delegate responsibility and discharge some of your duties to us as a third party consultant. This takes away some risk on your end and you’ll receive a full end-to-end system to implement throughout your business.

Feel free to contact us now to discuss how we can get started.

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We’re ready to support your business through exceptional health and safety consultancy. To get started, call our team on 07871 321462 or fill in our contact form.