Project:- Asbestos Refurbishment Survey to NHS Hospital Buildings in Ripley, Derbyshire Direct for the NHS Trust.
As the owner of Knight Specialist Services Ltd, a premier asbestos surveying company, I’m proud to share insights into our role and services, especially our recent work with the NHS Trust in Ripley, Derbyshire. Here’s an in-depth exploration of what we do and our impact in the Glossop, Matlock, Buxton, Bakewell, and broader Derbyshire regions:
Specialising in Asbestos Surveys: At Knight Specialist Services Ltd, we specialise in conducting detailed asbestos surveys, a crucial service for identifying asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in buildings. This is especially vital in regions like Derbyshire, with its mix of historic and modern buildings, where asbestos usage was common in the past.
Legal Compliance and Safety: Our asbestos surveys are critical for ensuring compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. This legal compliance is crucial for the safety of occupants and workers in buildings where asbestos might be present. We ensure that property owners and managers in Derbyshire meet these essential legal standards.
Tailored Asbestos Surveys: We provide both Management and Refurbishment/Demolition Surveys. The latter is particularly pertinent for renovation or demolition projects, ensuring that any ACMs are identified and managed before construction work begins.
Local Expertise in Derbyshire: Our team possesses extensive knowledge of Derbyshire’s architectural landscape, from the quaint cottages of Bakewell to the urban developments in Glossop. This local expertise allows us to provide highly accurate and relevant asbestos surveying services across the region.
Advanced Surveying Techniques: We use the latest techniques and technologies in our surveys. This commitment to employing cutting-edge methods ensures the highest accuracy in identifying and assessing asbestos, providing our clients with reliable and trustworthy results.
Customised Service for Derbyshire Regions: We understand the unique architectural characteristics of buildings in areas like Matlock, Buxton, and beyond. Our customised approach ensures that each property’s specific asbestos surveying needs are effectively met.
Comprehensive Reporting and Consultation: Post-survey, we provide in-depth reports detailing the findings, including the condition and risk assessment of any ACMs found. We also offer expert guidance on managing or removing asbestos safely and in compliance with health and safety guidelines.
Efficient and Responsive Services: Our proximity to areas like Glossop and Derbyshire enables us to offer swift and efficient asbestos surveying services. This is particularly beneficial for time-sensitive projects, where quick turnaround times are essential.
NHS Trust Project in Ripley: Recently, we had the privilege of conducting an Asbestos Refurbishment Survey for the NHS Trust in Ripley, Derbyshire. This survey was a critical step in facilitating safe construction works on several hospital buildings. Our thorough assessment ensured that the NHS could proceed with their renovation plans confidently, knowing all asbestos risks were adequately identified and managed.
Commitment to Community Safety and Client Satisfaction: At Knight Specialist Services Ltd, our primary goal is the safety and satisfaction of our clients and the broader community in Derbyshire. We take pride in providing top-quality asbestos surveying services, ensuring that our clients, like the NHS Trust, can carry out their construction and renovation projects safely and in full regulatory compliance.
Knight Specialist Services Ltd covers a wide range of towns and villages in the Derbyshire area, providing comprehensive asbestos surveying services across the region. Here’s a list of some key locations within our service area:
- New Mills
- Clay Cross
- South Normanton
- Long Eaton (bordering Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire)
In the United Kingdom, the management and handling of asbestos are governed by several pieces of legislation. The primary regulations are:
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012): This is the key regulation that provides the legal framework for managing asbestos safely. It covers a wide range of asbestos-related activities, including its use, prohibition, licensure, and duties to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. The regulations also outline the necessary training for those working with asbestos.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: While not specific to asbestos, this Act places a duty on employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. This includes taking steps to control asbestos exposure.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: These regulations require employers to conduct risk assessments and take appropriate action to mitigate risks, including those related to asbestos.
The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 and The Special Waste Regulations 1996 (Scotland): These regulations cover the disposal of asbestos waste.
For more information and guidance on asbestos management and regulations in the UK, the following websites are useful resources:
Health and Safety Executive (HSE): hse.gov.uk/asbestos
- The HSE website provides comprehensive information on asbestos, including legal obligations, how to manage asbestos in premises, and guidance on asbestos licensing.
- This government portal offers guidance on dealing with asbestos in homes, including identifying asbestos, risks, and how to dispose of it safely.
Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA): arca.org.uk
- ARCA is involved in setting standards and providing training and support for those in the asbestos removal industry. Their website contains information on finding a licensed contractor and industry best practices.
The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS): bohs.org
- BOHS provides information and resources related to occupational hygiene, including asbestos. It is a valuable resource for professionals seeking training and qualifications in asbestos management and control.
These resources offer detailed and up-to-date information on asbestos regulations, management practices, and health and safety guidelines in the UK.