April 25th, 2013
After lots of hard work and investment, Midlands Asbestos Solutions Ltd has had their asbestos removal license renewed by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for a further 3 years. This is only available to companies who are able to demonstrate excellence in all aspects of health and safety and is recognition of the company’s health and safety culture and training regime.
The award of the three-year license followed an audit by the HSE of the Company’s systems, procedures and records for asbestos removal activities.
In addition to this we are also members of ARCA (Asbestos Removal Contractors Association) and hold a Quality Assurance Award in recognition of our excellent site standards, safe working methods and management systems. We are also members of the Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), Constructionline and also Derbyshire County Councils ‘Trusted Trader’ scheme.
Our business philosophy is simple; we carry out the job safely for a fair price.
April 25th, 2013
Our new signage thanks to the guys at Signs Direct
Midlands Asbestos Solutions Ltd are now easily identifiable now at their new Crompton Road address thanks to the guys at Signs Direct.
We are so pleased with our new sign and by the service and offered by them we can’t recommend them enough.
Thanks to Richard and the Team.
April 11th, 2013
It can be beneficial to have an asbestos survey carried out prior to the purchase of a property to ensure no nasty surprises.
Asbestos surveys are carried out to ascertain the location, type and condition of asbestos containing materials within a property.
Whether carrying out refurbishment works to your property or demolishing part or all of it, it is your responsibility to make sure everyone involved is aware of any asbestos.
Midlands Asbestos Solutions use only surveyors with a P402 qualification UKAS accreditation. This ensures high standard surveys and a good quality report.
Examples of asbestos within a domestic property include Artex (textured coating), floor tiles, asbestos cement roof tiles and corrugated asbestos cement roofs on outbuildings.
Example of Summary of Samples
In properties with integral garages asbestos insulating board (AIB) ceilings are not uncommon particularly if built in the 1950’s or 1960’s.
Also in bespoke properties built in a similar period there is the potential for other asbestos materials such as pipe lagging & AIB to be used.
Having an asbestos survey carried out can ensure peace of mind, everybody’s health and safety and ensure minimum disruption during building works.
Midlands Asbestos Solutions offer extremely competitive rates on asbestos surveys so please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.
April 5th, 2013
Many garage roofs are made from materials which contain asbestos but the structure is solid and made from non-asbestos materials that remain in good condition.
As well as removing your asbestos garage roof Midlands Asbestos Solutions Ltd also carry out reinstatement of roofs once removed.
This means the removal and replacement of a garage roof can be carried out in one day without the need to arrange two contractors, minimising disruption.
Your garage roof reinstatement will be carried out using 200 micron leather grain plastisol which has an expected 25-year life span and is available in a range of colours to suit your requirements.
Goosewing Grey, Merlin Grey, Vandyke Brown, Olive Green, Juniper Green and Slate Blue are all ‘standard’ colours and available at no additional cost. All other colours are available for a small premium. All colours are stocked locally and roof sheets are manufactured to order.
We can produce a two-week turnaround when required from going to measure up your garage, to installing your new garage roof.
Give Midlands Asbestos Solutions Ltd a call for a free quotation.
March 7th, 2013
Midlands Asbestos Solutions is moving to new premises following its results for the last financial year, which show continued growth.
The company, which celebrates 3 years in business this year, has recently welcomed several new people to its team and is working on a number of fresh business projects.
Our work in progress
Darren Skinner of Midlands Asbestos Solutions said, “We outgrew our previous offices and our new home gives us a great environment with planned impressive meeting and training facilities. We’re delighted to be working with many long-standing clients, together with more recent customers, and to be able to welcome them in such pleasant surroundings.”
On Friday 8th March we’ll be in ‘transit’ but will be answering all enquiries as quickly as possible and the telephone as normal.
Our new address will be:
Crompton Road Industrial Estate
We will be up, running and fully operational from our new premises on Monday 11th March 2013.
January 28th, 2013
We get approached by many clients that are either selling or buying a property and have seen a copy of the homebuyer’s report which has indicated that there may be asbestos present in the property. Usually the report would detail to some extent the suspected location but generally no samples are carried out.
When our client is the buyer they are naturally keen to resolve these issues as the purchase tends to be quite far down the line when these ‘surveys’ are carried out and they could potentially suffer a financial loss if the sale falls through. They are often looking for cost reductions on the property they are purchasing if it has been highlighted that asbestos may be present to cover the cost of any removal works that may be required to be carried out. Vice versa when our client is the vendor they are keen to show that any asbestos identified is of minimal cause for concern and maximise the profitability of the property.
The clients that contact us can be looking for a sample to be taken on a suspected ACM (asbestos containing material) that is detailed within the report. We can send a surveyor out to site to take a sample and have this analysed at a UKAS accredited laboratory to determine the presence of asbestos.
We often recommend an asbestos survey is carried out- this would involve sending a surveyor to the property where ALL suspected ACM’s would be analysed.
There are two types of survey you could have carried out:
- A management survey involves minor intrusion and minor disturbance and will locate any ACM’s that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, foreseeable maintenance or by installing new equipment.
- A refurbishment/demolition survey must locate all ACM’s and involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area needs to be vacated and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.
Dependant on the location of the property and numbers of suspected ACM’s, it can on occasion be more cost effective to have a full survey than a number of samples taken and analysed.
We would be happy to advise on what route we think would be best suited to your needs.
January 16th, 2013
It’s becoming more and more commonplace to have potential clients call the office advising the colour of asbestos that is detailed within their certificate of analysis or asbestos survey with many thinking that blue and brown asbestos are a massive cause for concern and that white asbestos isn’t really so dangerous.
External view of the enclosure and transit route
Whilst we understand that knowledge of asbestos for many is limited to what information is available on the internet this misconception really does need further clarification because the colour of the asbestos really is irrelevant.
External view of the Airlock which is the entry and exit to the enclosure
What we really want to shout from the rooftops is ‘IT’S NOT THE COLOUR OF THE ASBESTOS, IT’S THE MATERIAL THAT IT’S CONTAINED IN’.
We are aware that white asbestos is Chrysotile, blue asbestos is Crocidolite and brown asbestos is Amosite, but what information we need from you is ‘Is it a cement based product or an insulation board?’. This is information that should be provided by your Analyst or Surveyor, if they don’t provide you with that information then ASK!
A negative pressure unit ensures no fibre release into the atmosphere
The material the asbestos is contained in can make a huge cost difference when quoting for removal. Only companies with a licence can remove an insulation board. When removing an insulation board material which can be fragile, we are required to notify the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) at least 14-days prior to the removal starting, have a DCU (decontamination unit) on site, form an air tight enclosure using polythene and obtain an air clearance certificate prior to reoccupation of the area. These additional control measures extend the time of removal to that of a non-licensed material and therefore increase the costs.
A DCU is used by operatives to decontaminate
So to make sure you are getting your best price, ensure you are in receipt of all the required information.
If you have any questions- please don’t hesitate to give us a call 0115 9326521.
January 4th, 2013
Asbestos is a word that conveys a previously less conscious health and safety world, where people unknowingly lived day in and day out in the home and workplace exposed to contamination and hazardous materials.
Although the effects of working with asbestos are evident in the thousands of people who were employed to manufacture and install the harmful material during the 1950’s & 1960’s, it seems the knowledge provided was limited.
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate materials which were used in the UK commercially from the late 1800’s. Being an ideal product for sound absorption with good tensile strength, its fire and heat resistant properties and affordability it became an invaluable commodity within the construction industry where it was often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats.
Blue & brown asbestos was only banned in the UK as recently as 1985 although there was a voluntary ban in place before this from the early 1970’s. White asbestos wasn’t banned until 1999.
The risks of exposure to asbestos were recognised as early as the late 1800’s, although the full effects were not completely understood until much later, possibly due to the commercial value of the product. In 1952 it was proposed that asbestos containing products should carry warning labels although this was never instigated.
The inhalation of asbestos fibres over a lengthy time period can lead to debilitating diseases and can be fatal in some cases. Consequently it is those who worked with the product on an everyday basis between the 1950’s and early 1980’s who are now most likely to be seeking compensation
In accordance with HSE guidance all exposure to asbestos should be avoided, however that does not necessarily mean that you should worry about a one-off exposure. A one-off short term exposure is unlikely to be of concern, but each time you are exposed, the risk increases a little bit more.
Diseases as a result of chronic asbestos exposure can have incubation periods of up to 30 years.
December 20th, 2012
Wishing you a merry Xmas and a prosperous 2013
Midlands Asbestos Solutions would like to thank all our clients for their custom throughout 2012 and hope to continue providing our services to you during 2013.
Our office will close on Friday 21st December and reopen on the 27th & 28th of December and will reopen for the New Year on Wednesday 2nd January.
We will be contactable outside of these hours on 07827 330 540.
November 19th, 2012
Last week the MAS Ltd team have started on site at a 3 week project at a Leicester Hospital.
The project involves some licensed and non-licensed work prior to the demolition of a disused stable block and boiler house to make way for some additional much needed car parking spaces.
Prior to starting on site a full risk assessment was carried out to enable the plans of work to be drawn up for all aspects of the removal contract.
Before the removal work even began the flooded block had to be drained of potentially contaminated water and passed through a double filtration system and then into the foul drain.
We had an issue with the removal of the asbestos containing artex due to it being glossed making it extremely difficult to remove but got there in the end with perseverance and lots of elbow grease.
We will give you an update in a week or so with the progression of the project.