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
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.
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
As the Summer holidays descend on us and works starts in the Schools around the UK this article in Schools week makes interesting reading
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 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
Why did a 90-year old grandmother and housewife, from a small suburban town in Illinois, die from a rare form of cancer that has only one cause: exposure to asbestos dust?
Her grandsons, cousins Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson, set out on a cross country bike ride with a camera crew and a mission: to gather information on the death sentence disease known as mesothelioma, their grandmother’s cause of death.
This incredible documentary reveals the stark reality of corporate dissembling and apparent disregard for lives lost, and lives still being placed at risk, from the continued manufacture and use of asbestos, the creation of open asbestos waste sites, and the reckless excavation of contaminated ground.
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.