Issue 001 September 2011

100m Service Duct Project an Enormous Success

After a successful tender stage, Core Environmental where appointed to carry out the removal and re-instatement of 1400m of hardset Asbestos pipe insulation within a 100m Service Duct. The client required the project to be completed within a 10 week heating shutdown programme (8 weeks removal, 2weeks re-instatement).

Core Environmental developed a bespoke programme of works which involved the Service Duct being segregated into two phased areas allowing re-instatement works to 50℅ of the Service Duct to be undertaken 3 weeks earlier than anticipated.

The removal process was carried out using a controlled wetting system, approximately 7,500 litres of a 10-1 dust suppressant and water mix was injected into the Asbestos pipe insulation, in excess of 3000 bags of asbestos waste was removed during the contracts duration.

Upon completion of the removal works Core Environmental applied a 6mm resin floor screed to the complete length of the Service Duct prior to re-insulating the pipework. The project was completed to programme and to budget, we would like to thank all employees involved for their hard work and contribution in making the project an enormous success and a contract that the company can be proud of.

Service DuctNew Company Policy

Mirrors to be installed in dirty end of Air-locks

As part of our continual improvement in achieving industry best practice, we would remind you that installing mirrors into the third stage (dirty end) of CEP’s is now company policy.

This improvement will enable operatives to carry out final visual checks on RPE and coverall hood fitment prior to entering the enclosure. It will also have the reverse effect when leaving the enclosure enabling operatives to check their RPE is free from visual dust/debris during personal decontamination prior to transiting to the mobile hygiene facility.


Health and Safety

HSE Inspectors Entering Enclosures

Further to recent debate regarding HSE inspectors entering an enclosure we would confirm the following:

  • You cannot prevent an inspector from carrying out his duties even if this is entering a “LIVE” enclosure
  • An inspector does not need to provide proof of medical or face fit test certification to enter a “LIVE” enclosure

You should however as a competed person:

  • Advise the inspector that the area is “LIVE” and the stage at which the removal process is at
  • Ensure that the inspector enters/leaves the enclosure via the appropriate decontamination procedures
  • Accompany the inspector at all times whilst on site (including entering “LIVE” enclosures

Should you require any addition clarification on this matter please contact a member of the management team.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors

We would remind you that all decontamination units “MUST” have carbon monoxide monitors fitted (including hired). The monitors are a major safety feature for your protection and “MUST” be checked daily to ensure they are working. They are not there for decoration they are there to save lives. If a monitor is not present or not working the decontamination facility “MUST” not be used until the issue is rectified.

DCU Earthing Rods

When using a generator to power a decontamination unit an earthing rod “MUST” be used and inserted sufficiently into the ground to enable an earth to be formed. All Core decontamination facilities are now equipped with earthing rods and a plugin electrical tester. Additional electrical testers have been issued to site supervisors for use on hired DCU’s

(Earthing rods are not required when power is supplied from the mains as an earth source is already present however the electrical test “MUST” still be carried out)

Plant and Equipment

After a significant investment in excess of £ 20,000.00 in new plant and equipment we would ask that you respect and treat all equipment in a manner you would expect your own tools to be treated.  The plant and equipment provided is essential to carrying out our work actives, any misuse or mistreatment will be regarded as misconduct and will be subject to disciplinary action.  We except all plant and equipment to be clean at all times as company image and presentation is a major factor in repeated business and generating new growth, remember were only as good as our last job!   If there is a fault with any equipment provided inform a member of management to enable the fault to be rectified.


Company Goals for Next Quarter

  • To acquire new business premises
  • To purchase an additional van
  • To invest in the training and development of Decklyn Murtagh to enable his progression from general labourer to new asbestos operative
  • To further develop the insulation side of the company


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