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The Long-Term Consequences of Exposure to Asbestos

Posted April, 2017

Most people associate asbestos exposure with industries like construction, where many workers handled asbestos lining and similar materials completely without protection. However, asbestos worked its way into many different workplaces over the years, before the health risks were known about.

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We Are Now Members of ACAD, The Asbestos Trade Association

Posted March, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we have recently been confirmed as members of ACAD, the leading trade association for professionals in the asbestos industry.

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Weldlag’s New Blast Vac Machine Makes Asbestos Removal a Breeze!

Posted December, 2016

We’ve been working on a new piece of machinery here at Weldlag for some time, ironing out the creases. We’re confident that once it’s up and running, we’ll be able to deliver an even better service for our clients, getting the job done quicker and cleaner.

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Asbestos-Related Claims Causing Headaches for Insurers

Posted December, 2016

All businesses nowadays know to be careful where asbestos is concerned. This substance, whilst safe in solid form, causes serious health issues when the fibres are inhaled or ingested.

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Dealing with Asbestos - a Primer

Posted December, 2016

Although most people nowadays are very aware of asbestos and the dangers it represents, it’s not all that common to have to actually deal with the stuff.

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Asbestos FAQs

Posted November, 2016

We've been working with asbestos for over 30 years, so we’ve created this quick FAQ sheet to hopefully address some of the questions you may have regarding asbestos.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Weldlag!

Posted November, 2016

This year Weldlag will be enjoying its’ 35th birthday! Although it seems like only yesterday, we’ve been established since 1981.

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MPs to move out of Houses of Parliament due to asbestos exposure

Posted September, 2016

After a study was conducted by Deloitte last year it was apparent that there were several risks in the Houses of Parliament including potential fire hazards, collapsing roofs, crumbling walls and large quantities of asbestos.

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Asbestos and construction: The importance of having a professional onsite

Posted September, 2016

Commissioning a qualified company to carry out an asbestos survey will ensure that you are meeting all of the regulations that you need to and are not only protecting your employee’s health and wellbeing but also avoiding any possible HSE charges.

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Asbestos in Schools

Posted August, 2016

Even though asbestos was banned from new products in 1992, schools being built before 2000 may have traces of this deadly material. Let us take a look at the dangers of asbestos, where it’s likely to be found in schools, and how to deal with removal.

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How to dispose of Asbestos

Posted August, 2016

Asbestos has been used in buildings for around 150 years before it was banned in new construction work back in 1992. Unfortunately, this naturally occurring mineral can be extremely deadly; something which obviously wasn’t known when it was being regularly used in buildings.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Posted July, 2016

Twelve teams took to the golf course whilst local traders and business partners provided prizes for both the golf competition and an evening raffle. Participants braved the rain and raised over £1000.

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Could Brexit effect Asbestos Regulation?

Posted July, 2016

The UK has a long history of Health and Safety Regulations in regards to asbestos and protecting those who are still at risk of being exposed to the hazardous substance.

With the Brexit result causing uncertainty for many industries and legislation laid out by the European Union it is no wonder that some concern has been raised about the laws surrounding asbestos and how these will change due to the UK’s exit from the EU.

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Asbestos, the myths, the dangers and the realities

Posted July, 2016

Asbestos has been a controversial subject since being banned from use in the 1990s and is something that there is often a lot of confusion and misunderstanding around.
As asbestos surveyors we are often asked by our clients about the dangers of asbestos, whether they are at risk and what precautions they can take to decrease their risk of being exposed to asbestos.

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BBC DIY SOS’ Plea for help from Blackpool businesses

Posted July, 2016

BBC programme DIY SOS is seeking help from businesses around the Blackpool and Fylde area for their help on their latest renovation project.

As part of a Children in Need special presenter Nick Knowles and his team are revamping a Newton Drive property and creating a space where the young carers of Blackpool can go to seek advice and take a well-deserved break.

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Demolition and refurbishment asbestos surveys

Posted June, 2016

This survey type is conducted in order to locate and describe all asbestos contaminated materials in buildings where demolition or refurbishment is due to take place.

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When is asbestos testing required?

Posted June, 2016

It is extremely important that if you are concerned asbestos may be present in the building you own, live or work in that you seek professional advice from an asbestos expert.

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Managing and Working With Asbestos

Posted April, 2016

Employers and asbestos contractors have a duty to follow asbestos regulations as workers are at a great risk of exposure to asbestos containing materials.

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Non-Licensable Work With Asbestos

Posted April, 2016

Often low intensity asbestos work can be carried out by a non-licensed worker however only on the following occasions.

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The Control of Asbestos Regulations

Posted March, 2016

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 first came into force 6th April 2012. Here is a reminder of those requirements which you must comply with to ensure you do not fall foul of the law.

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Working With Asbestos

Posted March, 2016

Those in charge of the works or refurbishment of a building which may contain asbestos have a duty to ensure the safety of their workers.

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Asbestos Legislation

Posted February, 2016

A report on Occupational Safety and Health was presented by the All-Party Parliamentary group, calling for the removal of all asbestos from Britain to be accelerated.

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Hiring An Asbestos Contractor

Posted February, 2016

When looking to hire an asbestos professional, it’s important to look for an accreditation from HSE, a license to undertake work with asbestos. This license enables the company to securely and professionally provide asbestos disposal and compliance services.

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Working Safely With Asbestos: Dos and Don’ts

Posted January, 2016

Before you start work in any building which may contain asbestos and was built before the year 2000 you must assess the work and the risk of carrying out this work.

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Weldlag’s Guide To Asbestos Law

Posted January, 2016

The duty to manage and control asbestos is stipulated in the Control of Asbestos Regulations Act 2012. The act came into force on 6th April 2012 and updates previous versions of the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented for the EU Directive on people being exposed to asbestos.

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A Landlords Guide To Asbestos

Posted December, 2015

As a landlord it is their duty to ensure that the appropriate survey or assessment has been carried out or they can be prosecuted for failing to do so, the landlord can also be found guilty of a criminal offence if anyone in their property is at risk of being exposed to asbestos containing materials.

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Asbestos Demolition Survey

Posted December, 2015

An asbestos demolition survey is needed before any work or demolition is carried out. This particular type of survey is used to locate and specify all materials which may contain asbestos, this is carried out on the whole building where demolition is planned.

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Asbestos in Residential or Commercial Buildings

Posted December, 2015

These steps are also known as an asbestos management survey, this is necessary to produce an ‘asbestos register’, this will tell us exactly where asbestos is located within the building or where there may be asbestos.

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Where Might I Find Asbestos

Posted December, 2015

In a residential or industrial building which was built or refurbished before the year 2000, the use of asbestos was common in the building trade.

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