The conviction of Marks and Spencer and two of its contractors for putting people at risk of exposure to asbestos has highlighted an issue that Altius already takes very seriously when assessing contractors.
It is estimated that more than 500,000 non-domestic properties built before the year 2000 contain asbestos materials, including many retail premises. With 4000 asbestos related deaths per year, this is the largest occupational killer, so it is crucial that companies mitigate this significant liability within their supply chain.
As part of our standard contractor assessment, we check that all operatives undertaking "invasive" work have had proper asbestos awareness training. We go on to check the content of the course (unless it's UKATA approved) and, just as importantly, we ensure that it's refreshed on an annual basis. This puts our assessment in line with HSE guidelines and gives our clients the peace of mind of knowing that their contractors are always up to date with their training.