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Asbestos Management at West Suffolk Hospital

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West Suffolk Hospital turned to the expertise of Broadland Group to navigate the complexities of asbestos legislation and ensure the highest standards of safety. Let’s dive into how Broadland Group’s role has contributed to the seamless asbestos management at this distinguished NHS Foundation Trust.

The Challenge:

Constructed in the mid-1970s as part of a network of ‘Best-Buy’ hospitals, West Suffolk Hospital faced the challenge of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) lurking in its structures. Broadland Group have provided asbestos consultancy services to the Trust since 2015.

Services carried out:

  1. Initial Management Survey: Broadland Group conducted a comprehensive hospital-wide management survey, dissecting pre-2000 buildings to pinpoint ACMs. The outcome was an effective management plan ensuring the ongoing safety of the premises.
  2. Policy and Procedure Review: An annual review of Asbestos Policy & Procedures became a cornerstone of compliance, ensuring that the Trust’s practices aligned with the latest legislation and industry best practices.
  3. Refurbishment Surveys: Ad-hoc refurbishment surveys have been crucial to supporting the Trust’s evolution. Broadland Group ensures that as the hospital modernises, asbestos risks are expertly managed during construction projects.
  4. Air Monitoring and Emergency Response: Broadland Group’s commitment to safety extends to comprehensive air monitoring during asbestos works. In emergencies, their swift and effective response measures contribute to maintaining a secure environment.
  5. Advice, Guidance, and Training: Serving as trusted advisors, Broadland Group provides invaluable advice and guidance to the Estates team, fostering a culture of safety and compliance. Furthermore, they equip staff with Asbestos Awareness and Non-licensed Work with Asbestos training, enhancing the hospital’s internal capabilities.

Success and Impact:

Broadland Group’s partnership with West Suffolk Hospital has proven highly successful, reflected in the retention of the contract into a third framework term. Most notably, the absence of any asbestos-related incidents on-site underscores the effectiveness of their approach. Despite the challenges posed by extensive asbestos use, the Trust maintains a secure environment for all stakeholders.

In the dynamic realm of healthcare, where safety is paramount, Broadland Group’s commitment to excellence has left an impressionable mark. Through their comprehensive services, effective communication, and unwavering prioritisation of safety, Broadland Group has not only ensured that West Suffolk Hospital meets its legal obligations but has also safeguarded the well-being of all within its walls.

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Budgeting for an Asbestos Survey

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A Homeowners guide

When it comes to your renovation project, asbestos testing is a crucial step, especially in older homes. While the thought of adding another expense to your budget might seem daunting, proper planning can help you navigate this essential process efficiently. In this guide, we’ll dissect the costs associated with an asbestos survey and offer valuable tips to help you budget effectively.

Age of your property

Asbestos was commonly used in building materials until the 1980s when its use was phased out due to health concerns. Older properties, particularly those built before the 1980s, are more likely to contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), necessitating a more thorough survey and potentially higher costs. Remember, more asbestos likely means more areas to survey, so factor this into your budget calculations.

Size of your property

The size and complexity of your property play a pivotal role in determining the cost of the asbestos survey. Larger homes or properties with multiple levels and intricate layouts may require more extensive testing and sampling, resulting in higher costs. Be prepared to allocate additional funds if your property falls into this category.

Accessibility of areas to be surveyed

The accessibility of areas within your property that need to be surveyed can impact the cost. Difficult-to-access areas, such as crawl spaces, attics, or confined areas, may require additional time and effort from surveyors. Ensure you account for these factors when budgeting for your survey.

Type of survey required

There are different types of asbestos surveys, including management surveys and refurbishment/demolition surveys, each serving specific purposes. The type of survey required for your property will depend on factors such as its intended use, renovation plans, and the presence of asbestos. More comprehensive surveys, such as refurbishment/demolition surveys, tend to be more expensive due to their thorough and detailed reporting requirements.

Location

The geographical location of your property can also influence the cost of the asbestos survey. Prices may vary based on factors such as local regulations, market demand, and the availability of certified asbestos professionals in your area. Research the average prices in your location to ensure you budget accordingly.

Key takeaways

In conclusion, early planning and thorough research are key when budgeting for an asbestos survey. Obtain quotations early in the renovation process, research average prices in your area, and set aside a budget for both survey and potential removal costs, including a contingency fund. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your renovation project proceeds smoothly without any surprises.

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A 2024 Guide: To Navigating Commercial Asbestos Compliance in the UK

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Embarking on a journey to ensure commercial asbestos compliance in the UK is not just a legal obligation; it’s a commitment to the safety and well-being of everyone within your premises. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key aspects of asbestos regulations in the UK for commercial properties in 2024. Staying informed and proactive is the key to creating a safe environment while avoiding legal repercussions.

Understanding Your Responsibilities:

  1. Duty to Manage: As a responsible party for commercial premises, the duty to manage asbestos lies with you. This involves identifying, assessing, and managing the risks associated with asbestos within your commercial property. If you do not have a plan to deal with Asbestos, you could face a hefty £20,000 fine and in severe cases even face imprisonment.
  2. Asbestos Survey: Start by conducting a comprehensive asbestos survey. This survey is crucial for identifying asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and assessing their condition. It forms the foundation for your asbestos management plan. The HSE recommends using a UKAS Accredited surveying company.

Keeping Up with Regulations:

  1. Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Familiarise yourself with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the cornerstone of asbestos management in the UK. Regularly check for updates or changes to ensure ongoing compliance.
  2. Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Stay up to date with the latest guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
    This regulatory body provides valuable information and resources to help you navigate asbestos regulations.
  3. Where to Start If Asbestos is Suspected:
    • Build an Asbestos Management Plan: After a full risk assessment, develop a robust asbestos management plan based on the findings of your survey. This plan should outline how you will manage and monitor asbestos risks, including regular reviews and updates.
    • Appoint Licensed Contractors for Removal: If asbestos removal is necessary, engage licensed contractors. Different types of work may require varying levels of licensing, so ensure you comply with the specific regulations applicable to your works.

Don’t Be Ignorant, Be Informed:

  1. Employee Training: Prioritise training for employees likely to be exposed to asbestos. Ensure they are aware of the risks, safe work practices, and emergency procedures.
  2. Notification of Non-Licensed Work: If undertaking non-licensed work with asbestos, follow the necessary procedures for notification. Even non-licensed work requires precautions and adherence to guidelines.

Periodic Review and Monitoring:

  1. Regular Plan Reviews: Schedule regular reviews of your asbestos management plan. Conditions within your premises may change, and your plan should adapt to these changes.
  2. Condition Monitoring: Keep a vigilant eye on the condition of ACMs. Regular monitoring helps identify potential risks early, allowing for timely interventions.

Key Takeaways

In conclusion, commercial asbestos compliance is not just about ticking boxes on a checklist; it’s a commitment to the safety and well-being of everyone connected to your business. Stay informed on the latest guidance, be proactive, and create an environment where compliance with asbestos regulations is a continuous process. Your dedication to these principles not only safeguards your business legally but, more importantly, ensures the health and safety of all who enter your commercial premises.

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Asbestos in a Commercial Building?

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The Importance of Choosing an Accredited Company to Help You

Undertaking an asbestos investigation or survey in a commercial building requires some careful research on choosing the right company to help you identify, remove, and dispose of asbestos safely and responsibly. Here’s why choosing an accredited company is paramount:

1. Asbestos Investigation – Getting a Survey:

Before any renovation or maintenance work in a commercial building, a thorough asbestos survey is essential to understand where asbestos may be present, and exactly what type of asbestos it is.

Identify potential asbestos-containing materials to ensure the safety of occupants and workers.

2. UKAS Accreditation Standards – Why It’s So Important:

Choose a company accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to undertake your Asbestos Survey.

UKAS accreditation is the gold standard in the asbestos sector and is awarded for the highest levels of competence, traceability, and validity across all aspects of asbestos management.

Compliance with these standards is critical for accurate asbestos identification and safe removal.

When appointing an asbestos surveying and analytical company, insist on seeing their UKAS certificate, ideally, they should also have certification for SafeContractor and Facilitiesline Gold.

The certificate should clearly state the scope of accreditation, including the types of asbestos surveys they are qualified to conduct.

4. Looking Out for Rogue Traders – Tips and Signs:

Beware of companies lacking a UKAS accreditation or those unwilling to provide their certificate.

Companies claiming to take Asbestos away for a very low price.

Firstly, check they are Licensed waste carriers: obtain a copy of their licence. It is your duty of care to ensure safe disposal of any hazardous waste.

Check for customer reviews and testimonials to ensure the company has a positive track record.

Be cautious of unusually low quotes, as quality asbestos services require expertise and adherence to safety standards.

Choosing a reputable and accredited company ensures that asbestos-related issues in your commercial building are handled with the highest professionalism and safety standards.

Protect Your Business, Choose Wisely!

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10 Common Areas Asbestos Could Be Hiding in Your Home

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Embarking on a self-renovation project this year?

Ensure you are well-informed about potential asbestos locations in your home. Homes built before 2000 can contain asbestos, and those older than 1980 are more likely to contain asbestos in various materials, as Asbestos was commonly used in construction before its health risks were fully understood. Disturbing asbestos-containing materials can release harmful fibres into the air so it is essential to understand what to look for, and to call in the experts.

A little extra effort in research and professional consultation can go a long way in ensuring a safe and successful renovation.

Potential Asbestos Hotspots:

  1. Floor Tiles: Marley tiles are common in houses built before 1980 and although considered to be low risk Asbestos, broken tiles can be dangerous. If in doubt, request an Asbestos Survey
  2. Garage and Shed Roofs: Asbestos cement was once popular building material but is now widely known for its hazardous properties when broken and particles are airborne. It is an extremely common area to find Asbestos, so make sure you do your research for safe removal and disposal.
  3. Eaves, Gutters, and Rainwater Fall Pipes: A hot spot for Asbestos, – get these exterior areas checked for asbestos soffits, fascia’s, pipes, and guttering.
  4. Central Heating Flues: Asbestos flue pipes were common before the 1990s due to their fire resistant and durable properties. Asbestos flue pipes are characterised by their fibrous white/grey appearance. Check before removing old boilers/pipework.
  5. Linings for Walls, Ceilings, and Doors: Asbestos insulating board was commonly used for insulating against fire, heat, and sound so can be found lurking in lining of walls, ceilings, and doors.
  6. Ceiling Finishes: Textured ceilings such as ‘Artex’ are a common area containing Asbestos. An Asbestos Survey would determine if asbestos is present before you start any DIY repairs.
  7. Toilet cisterns: black resin cisterns such as those badged ‘Shires Lynx’ can contain asbestos and should be treated with due care
  8. Bath Panels: Less common area for Asbestos nowadays but might be present in older panel materials so beware in older properties with original bathroom suites.
  9. Insulation Panels in Storage Heaters: Areas to inspect closely before replacing storage heaters.
  10. Fire blankets: Old fire blankets in older properties are a common area to find asbestos. If in doubt, leave it for the professionals.

What to Do if You Find Asbestos

  1. Leave it Alone: Avoid disturbing any suspected asbestos materials and releasing the particles into the air.
  2. Call a UKAS Accredited Asbestos Surveyor: Schedule a comprehensive survey of your property to assess the extent and condition of asbestos-containing materials.

If you’re uncertain about asbestos in your home, taking these precautions can help protect you and your family. Call one of our friendly experts today on 01603 251775.

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Broadland Group Maintains 20 Years of Unbroken Accreditation

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Dedication to High Standards in Asbestos Management Recognised by UKAS Accreditation.

We are delighted to announce that Broadland Group have once again maintained UKAS accreditation for ISO 17020 and 17025 following a full reassessment. This marks 20 years of unbroken accreditation for Broadland Group and reflects our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards in the asbestos sector.

“At Broadland Group we strive for excellence in all we do and our continued success in maintaining the stringent accreditations relevant to our industry is a testament to that effort.”

The UKAS accreditation ensures the highest levels of impartiality and competence through its continuous assessment process and is recognised as the ‘gold standard’ in ISO certification. Broadland Group’s dedication to accountability, traceability, and validity across all aspects of asbestos management highlights our proficiency in the industry, but also reinforces our credibility in both domestic and commercial sectors.

Alongside UKAS accreditation, Broadland Group have also been successfully awarded certification for SafeContractor, Facilitiesline Gold and Social Value for yet another year. Such accomplishments are indicative of the ongoing efforts we ensure to maintain high standards to Health & Safety, quality, and compliance across the business. The recognition of achieving such high standards for yet another year speaks volumes about our expertise and reliability in the asbestos sector. This achievement is undoubtedly a testament to the hard work and commitment we show to upholding the highest standards in this field.

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Broadland Group Strengthens Partnership with Carter Jonas, Bolstering Nationwide Services

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From HS2 to National Highways, Broadland Group’s Expertise Expands Horizons

In a move that heralds a new chapter in their collaboration, Broadland Group proudly announces the expansion of its services for Carter Jonas Ltd. What began as an extensive partnership on the High-Speed Two (HS2) project has now evolved to encompass Carter Jonas’s National Highways division, marking a significant stride in their joint commitment to excellence.

HS2 Collaboration: A Solid Foundation

The journey began with the HS2 project, a groundbreaking initiative that seeks to revolutionise high-speed rail connectivity in the United Kingdom. Broadland Group’s involvement in this ambitious venture has not only showcased its proficiency in navigating the complexities of large-scale infrastructure but has also served as the bedrock for further expansion.

Under the existing HS2 contract, Broadland Group has demonstrated unwavering commitment to quality and efficiency, earning accolades for its role in ensuring the seamless progress of the project. This success has naturally paved the way for an extension of the partnership to include the National Highways division.

“At Broadland Group, our commitment extends beyond projects; it’s about crafting legacies. Our expanded partnership with Carter Jonas reflects our dedication to navigating the intricate tapestry of UK infrastructure.”

National Highways Division: A Strategic Leap Forward

The addition of Carter Jonas’s National Highways division to Broadland Group’s portfolio is a testament to the trust and confidence that both entities place in each other’s capabilities. This strategic expansion enables Broadland Group to bring its wealth of expertise to different corners of the country, contributing to the success of National Highways projects.

As major infrastructure initiatives continue to shape the landscape of the United Kingdom, the importance of maintaining compliance with stringent regulations cannot be overstated. Broadland Group’s expansion into the National Highways division positions it as a key player in ensuring that all parties involved in these projects adhere to the highest standards of regulatory compliance.

Looking Ahead: A Future of Collaborative Success

As the partnership between Broadland Group and Carter Jonas continues to flourish, the expanded services into the National Highways division mark a pivotal moment in their shared journey. This move positions both entities for even greater success in navigating the complexities of the evolving infrastructure landscape.

With a shared commitment to excellence, regulatory compliance, and community impact, Broadland Group and Carter Jonas are poised to continue making significant contributions to the development of the United Kingdom’s infrastructure. The expansion of services stands as a testament to their shared vision, and the positive ripple effects are bound to be felt across the nation as these two industry leaders forge ahead into a future of collaborative success.

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Broadland Group Secures Prestigious Contract

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Broadland Group Becomes preferred Provider of Non-licensed Asbestos Training for Saint-Gobain Isover.

A Strategic Partnership for Enhanced Safety

In a significant development, Broadland Group has triumphantly secured a contract to become the exclusive provider of Non-licensed Work with Asbestos (including NNLW) training for Saint-Gobain Isover. This partnership, set to unfold in 2024 at Saint-Gobain Isover’s Runcorn facility in Cheshire, marks a pivotal moment for both entities and reinforces Broadland Group’s commitment to setting new benchmarks in asbestos training.

A Triumph in Training Services: Broadland Group’s Latest Endeavour

Broadland Group’s expertise in asbestos management takes a leap forward as it emerges victorious in the bid to provide crucial Non-licensed Work with Asbestos training for Saint-Gobain Isover. This triumph positions Broadland Group as the go-to provider for comprehensive, IATP accredited courses, ensuring that Saint-Gobain Isover’s site staff receive top-tier training to navigate asbestos materials safely.

Navigating Asbestos Safely: A Vital Training Initiative

The contract involves the delivery of Non-licensed Work with Asbestos training, including NNLW, to a substantial number of Saint-Gobain Isover’s site staff. The specialised training equips the workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle specific asbestos materials on-site, fostering a culture of safety and operational efficiency. Broadland Group’s expert trainers, equipped with the latest insights and IATP accreditation, are poised to guide the client’s staff through the intricacies of working safely with asbestos.

“Our collaboration with Saint-Gobain Isover is a testament to our commitment to excellence in asbestos management. We are honoured to be chosen as their trusted training partner, and we look forward to enhancing the safety standards and operational capabilities of their workforce”

Nick Worrall, Operations Manager Broadland Group.

Minimising Disruption: A Win-Win Partnership

Beyond the critical aspect of safety, the collaboration between Broadland Group and Saint-Gobain Isover aims to facilitate operations with the minimum of disruption. By providing comprehensive training that empowers staff to confidently handle asbestos materials, Broadland Group contributes to the seamless continuation of Saint-Gobain Isover’s activities, demonstrating a commitment to both safety and operational efficiency.

Looking Ahead: A Future of Enhanced Safety Standards

As the training sessions are scheduled to commence in 2024, both Broadland Group and Saint-Gobain Isover are optimistic about the positive impact this collaboration will have on their respective objectives. This partnership not only signifies a shared commitment to safety but also sets the stage for future collaborations, underscoring Broadland Group’s reputation as a leading provider of asbestos training services.

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Broadland Group Renews Collaboration with The National Trust.

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A Resilient Return to Partnership

In a noteworthy and positive development, the Broadland Group proudly announces the rekindling of its collaboration with The National Trust. This renewed partnership signifies a return to a longstanding relationship that faced a temporary setback due to contractual adjustments. Now, with challenges addressed and resolved, the Broadland Group is poised to once again contribute its expertise to The National Trust’s diverse array of projects.

History of Mutual Respect

The history between the Broadland Group and The National Trust has been one of mutual respect and collaboration, spanning numerous successful projects over many years. Collaborative efforts faced a momentary interruption when contractual arrangements came into play, creating a temporary hiatus in their partnership. However, the two entities navigated through challenges and intricacies, emerging stronger and more resilient.

Specialised Expertise Ready to Serve

Renowned for its excellence in asbestos surveys, air testing, and project management, the Broadland Group is eager to resume providing its valuable services to The National Trust. The company expresses its delight in announcing that it is now in a favourable position to offer its expertise and support across The National Trust’s extensive portfolio.

“We’re delighted to reignite our collaboration with The National Trust. Our commitment to excellence and resilience in overcoming challenges paves the way for a renewed partnership. Together, we look forward to crafting innovative solutions and preserving the cultural and natural heritage that defines our landscapes.”

Eastern Region Focus: A Strategic Starting Point

The renewed collaboration is initially focused on the Eastern Region, where the Broadland Group is set to contribute its specialised services to ongoing and upcoming projects. The Eastern Region, encompassing a rich tapestry of heritage sites and natural wonders, provides an ideal starting point for this revitalised partnership.

Future Expansion on the Horizon

Looking ahead, both parties are optimistic about the potential for further expansion. While the current concentration is on the Eastern Region, there are aspirations to broaden the scope of services to cover the entirety of the country in due course. This strategic vision underscores the commitment of both the Broadland Group and The National Trust to a sustained and flourishing partnership.

Resilience in Partnership: Positive Developments Unveiled

The positive developments between Broadland Group and The National Trust underscore the resilience of partnerships in overcoming challenges. As they embark on this new chapter, the collaboration promises to bring forth innovative solutions, a shared commitment to excellence, and a renewed focus on preserving and enhancing the cultural and natural heritage that defines the landscapes of the United Kingdom.

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