Work & Pensions issue report into Asbestos Management

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee recently issued a report into the HSE’s approach to asbestos management.

The report highlights the continuing importance of good management with regards to asbestos.

HSE predict asbestos remains in approximately 300,000 non-domestic buildings, and many more homes.

Interesting extracts in the report point to a possible change in approach which will focus on full asbestos removal with a zero-legacy aim.

“The current asbestos regulations say that asbestos that is in good condition, well protected and unlikely to be disturbed, can be left in place in buildings. These buildings will not, however, last forever and a policy of waiting for materials containing asbestos to deteriorate before removing them is not sustainable in the long term. The TUC, the ‘Airtight on Asbestos’ Campaign and others, have said a stronger and proactive programme of asbestos removal is required.”

MP’s recommended that the government commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings:

“We recommend that a deadline now be set for the removal of asbestos from non-domestic buildings within 40 years. The Government and HSE should develop and publish a strategic plan to achieve this, focusing on removing the highest risk asbestos first, and the early removal from the highest risk settings including schools.”

Within the report it is considered the drive towards retrofitting of buildings to meet net zero targets will only increase the disturbance the asbestos containing materials and therefore the risk of exposure will increase in the coming decades.

As long-standing licensed asbestos removal contractors Jackson Environmental continue to invest in the future to ensure we are well equipped to make a positive contribution to these aims and the asbestos removal industry.

The full report is available here


Jackson Environmental are Recruiting Asbestos Removal Operatives

Jackson Environmental are looking to recruit experienced asbestos removal operatives.

Job Details

  • Permanent Full Time Positions
  • Immediate Start Available
  • Plenty of Opportunity for Overtime
  • Competitive Rates of Pay

Jackson Environmental are a small family owned company. We use the highest quality plant, equipment, consumables and training providers to ensure our staff are best placed to achieve.

We are based in Thurleigh, North of Bedford, MK44 2EA.
Ideally candidates will be based locally, though not essential.

Job Requirements

Candidates will require:

• ARCA/UKATA Licensed Asbestos Operative
• Licensed Asbestos Medical
• Full and Half mask face fits
• CSCS card
• Driving License

Renewals / refreshers can be undertaken immediately on employment if required.

To Apply

email: chris.stuartleach@jacksonenvironmental.co.uk,

call: 01234 779020, or

complete our contact us form


Jackson Environmental Awarded Gold by ARCA in 2020

Jackson Environmental are extremely pleased to announce we have once again been awarded the ARCA Gold Site Audit Award 2020 & ARCA Gold Training Award 2020. 

ARCA Gold Site Audit Award 2020 

Awarded over 6 consecutive audits (approximating to a rolling 3 year period) the award demands consistent high standards from our team.

All ARCA audits have been unannounced since January 2017 ensuring the external auditors really do get a true picture of the quality of our work and the standards we set.

The ARCA auditing scheme supplements our own internal auditing programme superbly. Regular unannounced site auditing is carried out by our management team using an electronic safety management system. This allows us to measure performance on site and identify trends, competence and training needs. All of this information feeds back to a central dashboard informing our decision making and stimulating our team to achieve the safety, health, environmental & quality goals we set.

ARCA Gold Training 2020 

This is awarded to ARCA members who have achieved an average scoring of 92.5% or above across all delegates. Satish Patel, Training Manager at ARCA commented:

“This is a considerable achievement and you and your team should be justifiably pleased. It is testament to all your staff that have attained a higher than average score in training sessions to achieve this award” 

As ARCA members, all Jackson Environmental staff attend ARCA’s industry leading training courses. The covid-19 restrictions added new challenges to training this year but our team have shown excellent adaptability in undertaking a number of courses via remote learning with ARCA.


Working Safely During Covid-19

Jackson Environmental continue to support our clients, present and new, throughout the Covid-19 epidemic.

As licensed asbestos removal company we are well versed in decontamination, the correct use of PPE, and good practice.

Whilst the Covid-19 epidemic does pose us new challenges. We are keenly following guidance issued by the Government and industry bodies to ensure we are able to provide safest working practices.

Our detailed Covid-19 procedures and risk assessments take into account:

  • Travel to work
  • Site Access and Egress Points
  • Handwashing
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Canteens, Kitchens & Rest Areas
  • Use of Changing facilities, shorts and drying rooms
  • Work planning to avoid close working
  • Situations Social Distancing cannot be applied
  • Cleaning

We have invested heavily in training, awareness and resources to ensure our work has minimal impact on the people and environments in which we work.