Pride in our three-year HSE asbestos licence

Pride in our three-year HSE asbestos licence

Stories about the risks of asbestos unfortunately too often feature in media headlines, with even public institutions - including schools and local authorities - facing hefty fines for ignoring the health and safety of their workers.

Most recently Stirling Sherriff Court heard that Stirling Council put its staff at risk for nine years, and ignored warnings of asbestos in the council’s headquarters.

The court heard that consultants warned three times about the asbestos risk, yet staff, described as “office services assistants", were sent without protective clothing to sweep, dust and move old furniture in a boiler room where pipes were lagged with the hazardous material.

At Clarke’s Environmental we are proud to hold the maximum three-year licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to remove asbestos. It is not an accreditation that is given lightly. Asbestos is classified as a category 1 carcinogen and asbestos related disease cause around 5000 deaths every year in the UK. Quite rightly, work with asbestos requires a high degree of regulatory control and the purpose of the HSE licensing is to achieve this.

“Our three year licence gives customers complete confidence in the work we do – and also the way in which we carry out that work”, comments Michael Carmody, Operations Director at Clarke’s Environmental. “Customers frequently comment on how well we collaborate with them to ensure the complete safety of their staff and visitors, and to complete work with minimum disruption. We see the HSE’s three year accreditation as a benchmark for excellence and a gold standard for the industry.”

 

Anyone with concerns about the safe removal of asbestos should contact Michael Carmody either by email Michael.Carmody@clarkesenvironmental.co.uk or by phone 01609 781016

 

 

 

 

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