Until the late 1970s, asbestos was a commonly used building material and, despite its use declining until a total ban was implemented in 1999, its legacy lives on in over 5.5 million buildings in the UK. This can bring a number of challenges when it comes to building demolition, due to the health and safety hazards involved in managing asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs). It is crucial to establish the extent of such substances prior to carrying out any refurbishment or demolition work on a building.
Despite being banned in 1999, asbestos is still widespread across the UK built environment. Asbestos containing materials (ACMs), such as old ceiling tiles, plasterboard and wall insulation, may still be present in buildings - particularly those built before the late 1970s. Meanwhile, traces of the substance may be found in remnants of paints and other coatings after the original ACM has been removed, or even in soils after the building has been demolished.
Denis Morgan, divisional technical manager – asbestos, Built Environment Services, gives an overview of recently released asbestos guidance and its implications for the housing sector.
In 2016, there are stringent standards that building materials have to meet for them to make it into the construction supply chain. However, as the risks associated with asbestos were not officially recognised until the 1970s, the substance remains in significant quantities within Britain’s built environment. Here, Noelyn Allen, business development director for Environment & Safety Services at SOCOTEC, discusses the importance of asbestos management within the UK’s education sector.
With nearly 300,000 outlets across the nation, the retail industry is a major contributor to the UK’s economy. However, in recent years, consumers have started shopping more frequently but purchasing fewer items during each trip in a habit known as the ‘little and often’ trend. Furthermore, trading restrictions on larger stores have led to companies adapting the way in which they conduct business.
James Dodgson, explains how a collaborative approach is key to the effective management of the risks associated with asbestos in soil.