Asbestos Removal and Encapsulation News
COVID-19 Inner City Environmental Operational Update
The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed all our lives, and we have all been forced to deal with some unprecedented challenges, whether at home or at work and make unforeseen changes.
Since the first phase of COVID-19 shutdown, we have and continue to review and amend our methodology, control measures and service delivery processes, in line with government legislation and under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, a comprehensive risk assessment was carried out and any required changes to our operating procedures implemented.
Our delivery process and teams were strengthened by additional training initiatives and additional control measures implemented to ensure our delivery teams remain compliant at all times.
As we enter month eight of this pandemic we would seek to reassure all current and future clients that our proactive approach has meant our Clients project demands are met and our service delivery remains compliant with the health and
safety of everyone our number one a priority.
COVID-19 DECONTAMINATION SERVICE
As an extension to our environmental cleaning services we are licenced to carry out coronavirus decontamination and infection control.
For more information please contact us on 01322 273 517
Inner City walking to raise money for Charity
As Christmas 2020 approaches, there can be no doubt about the devastating impact COVID-19 has had and continues to have on the world, and as government directives change concerning “bubbles” and restricting numbers of family members getting together, in particular at this poignant time of the year the COVID-19 misery continues.
However difficult life is or has become, for all of us, there are some for whom life has become a living nightmare, none more so than parents of a child who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Our ICE female team members (Lilly, Pia & Sam) have decided in these difficult times to help the terminally ill children and their families who require the dedicated and specialised help provided by Demelza Hospice Care for Children , whilst improving their own health for the winter months and have therefore decided to raise some much needed money for this amazing cause by walking in their own time during the month of November.
They are aiming to complete the equivalent of Dartford to Le Mans between them during the month of November, walking in their lunch breaks and own time, in all weathers every day.
348 MILES equivalent DARTFORD to LE MANS, France
Our ICE ladies are hoping to raise significant funds for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Kent, and would greatly appreciate your sponsorship. Please visit our Just Giving page below and give as generously as possible.
Inner City Environmental appointed by Downwell
Downwell have appointed Inner City to carry out the Asbestos Removal and Pigeon Guano removal at their latest project in South London.
The building is a former Police Station. The basement will be sand blasted to remove an asbestos wall coating. We are delighted to be working with Downwell.
Well done Inner City Environmental
Just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you and how professional the guys are working at the above address.
As you know I had a client site visit their today with the top man I deal with in Golding Homes, the stairwell was all cordoned off with the correct signage and when we turned up the supervisor asked us all to sign in the book and then took our temperatures and recorded each.
The client said he had never seen this before since the Covid issue started and how fantastic it was too see, also mentioned to me that clearly AD only use quality professional contractors.
Thought it was worth mentioning as people are always quick to moan and never give praise where its due, please pass this on to the site supervisor.
Thank you for all your and the team’s efforts.
Ian Stock, Project Manager, The adgroup
Spot on - Inner City get a grade A at Royal Liberty
We are delighted to confirm that we have achieved a Grade A site audit pass at Royal Liberty School Romford by ARCA. This was an unannounced visit which shows that we are maintaining the highest standards at all times.
Well done to Nick and his team. Top of the Class!
Well done to Inner City Scaffolding
A great effort by our Scaffolding Division in maintaining their high standards by achieving these two accreditations in a week.
For more information on our Scaffolding Services visit www.innercityscaffolding.co.uk
Inner City helping out the NHS
Good work by Managing Director Nick Greenfield who was out and about delivering PP3 masks to Essex Hospitals in these difficult times. They were really appreciative.
Asbestos removal in Barking
The Downwell Group have started work for a client in Barking at a Church. The work involves removing thermal insulation to floor voids and AIB Panels from various locations. The project value is in the region of £55,000.
Downwell Demolition will follow on with the demolition once the asbestos removal has taken place.
Project duration is about 4-5 weeks.
Great recycling work by our Lilly
Congratulations are in order to Lilly Clark for her recycling initiative in the office. Since putting it into action she has been responsible for:
• Saving 10 trees
• Recyling 810kg of paper
•1140kg of CO2 saved since February last year.
As a result the company has been awarded a certificate in recognition.
Keep up the good work Lilly.
Another very satisfied customer
It is always nice to get testimonials, we have been working with a client in the aircraft industry and we recently got this testimonial from the project manager responsible for the work.
I would like to thank you, your site supervisor Mitch and the rest of the team for the hard work that they put in to provide us
with such a high quality service. Added to this I would like to thank you all for being so accommodating of our business processes
and allowing us the flexibility to continue working largely undisrupted around your team whilst they worked. We, as a business are
very pleased with the outcome and I have heard many good things from various people across the company who have observed your professionalism and also from those who have interacted with Inner City Environmental over the past couple months. I look forward to working with you and the rest of the team again on future endeavours together.
Inner City achieve ARCA Gold Training Award
We are proud to announce that we have achieved the Gold ARCA training award and received this lovely email from Satish Patel, Training Manager at ARCA
Firstly, may I personally and on behalf of the ARCA Training Committee congratulate you and all of your staff on achieving the ARCA Gold Training Award. This award is given only to ARCA members that have met the following criteria:
- Undertaken training with ARCA via Supervisors and Operatives (new, refresher or TNA) courses.
- Had a minimum of 8 delegates on any of the above courses.
- Achieved an average scoring of 92.5% across all delegates trained.
This is a considerable achievement and you and your team should be justifiably pleased. It is a testament to all your staff that have attained a higher than average score in training sessions to achieve this award.
This achievement has also been acknowledged at this year’s ARCA AGM on Friday 4th October 2019.
Well done to Mark Featherstone and his team
Congratulations to Mark Featherstone and the team working at our project in Bracknell at the Fujitsu Building. We are carrying out the full strip out and asbestos removal on the eighth floor. This is the next phase of work in the building. Our contract is with EPS and their site manager Josh Budd was very complimentary of our team. So much so that he sent Nick Greenfield an email and said the following ''Just a quick email to let you know that our client is very impressed with Inner City Environmental with regard to how clean and organised your site teams have been to date"
This shows our commitment to always providing a quality service.
Asbestos Removal Contractors in Hertfordshire
The Royston Crow has just released some worrying statistics. They report that asbestos related deaths in North Hertfordshire are at their highest levels since records began.
This just goes to show the dangers we as a nation still face on a day to day basis. Between 1940 and 1970 asbestos was regularly used in the construction of buildings. It was only banned in 1999.
Inhaling asbestos fibres can lead to mesothelioma, a lethal cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, which can take decades to develop. This is why it is very important to manage or remove the asbestos in any building wether it be a commercial or private property.
Many people could be working in commercial buildings where there is asbestos present and exposed to potentially dangerous fibres with out knowing. They should express their concerns to the owner of the building if they suspect asbestos is present and ask to see an asbestos register. This register will show where any asbestos in the building is located. Providing the asbestos is managed properly it is safe.
However if you suspect you have asbestos in your home you should always seek professional advice. Typical asbestos at your home maybe a garage roof or old guttering. Providing it is not broken or grumbling it will be safe. However it should not be handled, rubbed down or drilled. Broken asbestos was often hidden as part of the material used in laying a garage/shed base and if this is detected you should stop work immediately and contact a licensed contractor for advice.
Inner City Environmental are one of the leading asbestos removal contractors serving Hertfordshire and the South East. If you require advice on asbestos you can call and speak to one of our experts on 01322 273517 or visit our website www.innercityenvironmental.co.uk
See the article from the Royston Crow
We welcome Neil Wilson to the team
The Inner City team has recently been strengthened with the appointment of Neil Wilson as a Contracts Manager. His experience has been put to the test straight away with our busy work schedule of high profile projects.
Neil adds a wealth of experience having started in the industry at Silverdell, having previously been a financial advisor. He was there for 12 years starting as an operative and progressing to become a supervisor.
From there he went to John F Hunt as a contracts manager before joining ELESS Environmental where he stayed for 3 years as a project manager. He joins us from ARG where he was as a contracts manager.
Well done Giorgio
It is with great pleasure that we can announce the promotion of Giorgio Fornasiero from an Office Administrator to the position of Contracts Administrator.
Giorgio has been with Inner City Environmental for almost 4 years now and has been a well loved member of the team since the start of his career here.
Steve Shand, Managing Director said;
"It was one of the easiest decisions I have made (promoting Giorgio) he shows great enthusiasm for the industry and has produced a very high standard of work during his time here. Its right to now give him more responsibility and to help further his career here."
Steve went on to say that:
"At Inner City we like to look after our employees and provide them with opportunities to improve themselves and to develop their careers. In turn that encourages other staff to do well which helps us all to work better as a team."
Giorgio Fornasiero is soon to be enrolled on an ARCA Contracts Manager course.
This will help him to build on and develop his knowledge and experience. The course covers the responsibilities of a contract manager from asbestos licence renewal to company management systems for Plans of Work and Health & Safety.
Giorgio will be working alongside Clare Ewers to help plan and support the influx of new projects that are on the books for the coming months. Clare said of her new partnership that " its great to have the fresh faced and eager Giorgio working along side me. I look forward to passing on all my knowledge and years of experience onto him"
We wish you all the best in your new position Giorgio. You thoroughly deserve it.
Career Opportunities at Inner City Environmental
Inner City Environmental are one of the leading ARCA gold accredited asbestos removal contractors in Kent, London and the South East.
Due to expansion and workload we are currently looking to employ experienced asbestos removal supervisors and operatives.
The company is happy to negotiate competitive rates with the successful applicants.
To register your interest please e-mail some brief details such as name, age, experience and contact details to Nick@innercityenvironmental.co.uk or calling the office on 01322 273517
Nearly 1 in 5 Schools in the UK are 'not in line' with guidance on managing asbestos
As the Summer holidays descend on us and works starts in the Schools around the UK this article in Schools week makes interesting reading
Asbestos Surveys - a lesson learnt by an Essex restaurant owner
An Essex restaurant owner has been fined by Chelmsford Magistrates Court after AIB was disturbed during building works above his restaurant
An Essex Court heard that during September 2016, above the Marco Polo restaurant in Wickford, AIB was removed and broken up. This resulted in restaurant workers being exposed to asbestos fibres. An asbestos survey was only carried out after the asbestos had been disturbed.
The Health and Safety Executive(HSE) found that a management asbestos survey and a R&D survey had not been completed prior to the work starting and the works had not been carried out by a licenced asbestos contractor.
The owner Faruk Kamali of Wickford, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Mr Kamali was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay full court costs of £6,293.
An HSE representative commented “Those in control of works have a responsibility to manage the risks from asbestos in commercial premises. To achieve this the duty holder must ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment is carried out as to whether asbestos is or is likely to be present in the premises.”
Inner City Environmental can arrange thorough Asbestos Surveys to ensure this type of thing does not happen
Inner City Environmental sponsor the Surveyors Cup
Inner City were once again one of the three sponsors of the Surveyors Cup 2019. The tournament has been sponsored for the last three years by Inner City under the Downwell Group banner.
This year the tournament grew from 32 teams to 40 teams. It also included a penalty shoot out tournament.
For a full match report visit http://www.downwell.co.uk/the-surveyors-cup/
The tournament raised over £3500.00 for the https://www.jermaindefoefoundation.org
Sacks containing Asbestos dumped on River Bank
The menace that is asbestos continues to blight the countryside in Great Britain.
In March a costly clean up operation was put into operation when 12 large bags of asbestos were dumped on a river bank in Cambridgeshire. The overflowing builders sacks were found near Manea in the Cambridgeshire Fens.
The cost to Fenland District Council was several thousands of pounds and something they can never budget for. Council officials were shocked by the scale and audacity of the crime.
The bags weighed in at 12 tonnes and were found next to the river at Byall Fen Drove.
Serious health hazard
We all know the dangers of exposure to asbestos and Councils are struggling to cope with this unwanted problem.
As Asbestos Removal contractors Kent we ask that if anyone sees this and any sort of fly tipping they report it immediately.
If the waste constitutes a lorry-load or more, or contains hazardous waste of any kind, or if you see illegal tipping in progress, you should contact the Environment Agency or Crimestoppers. The Environment Agency can be contacted via a National Incident Control Centre on
Inner City Environmental provide a full range of Environmental Services including the removal and disposal of asbestos in Kent and the South East. For more information on our services telephone us on 01322 273517.
Environmental services for the Construction and Property Industry based in Kent
We all love Winnie the Pooh but that does not extend to Pigeon Poo known as Pigeon Guano.
The removal of Pigeon Guano is just part of our extensive range of environmental services.
Inner City Environmental are Kent's leading Environmental Contractor working nationwide providing:
- Asbestos removal and encapsulation
- Asbestos surveying
- Soft strip
- Land remediation
- Licensed scaffolding
- Environmental cleaning including removal of Pigeon Guano
Inner City hold a 3 year HSE licence and ARCA accredited.
Please contact us for a quote or the opportunity to tender for future projects.
We are happy to give advice on any aspects of your environmental requirements.
Telephone: 01322 273 517
A 4 Star Performance in our RISQS Audit
We are delighted to announce that Inner City Environmental have been verified for works on Network Rail and TFL through the RISQS Audit System.
We were awarded 4 out of 5 Stars which is the most that can be awarded on a first Audit.
Inner City Environmental have also achieved another set of outstanding results for our Audits on;
- ISO 14001
- OHSAS 18001
Well done to Inner City Environmental Team!
Wembley Park Remediation
Like all teams, getting Wembley success is what everyone dreams of.
Therefore Chris Smith and his team were delighted to be awarded the Monthly Health and Safety award from Risk at Inner City Environmental's latest remediation project in Wembley for Sisk.
It may not be a big shiny silver cup but it certainly means a lot to the company as it shows our commitment to Safe working practices and well and truly hits the back of the net in terms of performance.
For more information on our environmental services in London and the South East Telephone: 01322 273517
Inner City Environmental are part of the Downwell Group
Three-Year HSE Licence Awarded
Licence renewal time and after a thorough audit by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for the renewal of our asbestos licence, we are pleased to announce that we have had our licence renewed for a three years.
A 3 year licence awarded from the HSE means that we have been audited and passed their assessment on our safety management systems. The details of this audit are recorded on an ASB4 form and only when all aspects of this rigorous audit have been satisfied can a licence be awarded.
Inner City Environmental's recent award of an unconditional 3 year licence, the longest term a licence can be awarded for, was achieved after demonstrating to the HSE impeccable standards of safety, performance and our commitment to ensuring that our staff and site operatives are trained to the highest standards.
Well done to everyone in the asbestos division at Inner City for their continued commitment to ensuring our high standards of safety are always met.
Asbestos cleared from buildings ahead of schedule
We carried out some works on the Packington Estate for Maldon Demolition.
The main contractor Rydon are involved in the major regeneration of the area for Islington Council.
The tatty and dated estate was cleared of asbestos so that it could be demolished. Once the site has been cleared of the existing buildings, new and modern apartments will be built.
We allocated a team of 6 operatives and a Supervisor to clear the site within a 6 week programme.
The old estate was riddled with various kinds of ACM's. Inner City were employed to removal all of the licensed ACM's whilst Maldon removed all of the non-licensed ACM's.
Asbestos insulation board (AIB) panels were present within the individual apartments and in the communal walkways. These areas will need to be enclosed within airtight enclosures, under negative pressure whilst the materials are removed.
The survey also identified that there was AIB debris within the services ducts in the ground. Due to the ducts being inaccessible the concrete above needed to be broken out so that it could be accessed. This will all be completed under fully controlled conditions.
Progress on site went extremely well, with the work completed 1 week ahead of programme.