Proud sponsors of Oldham Athletic Football Club

As part of our ongoing support to our borough of Oldham we have this year decided to support our Local Football Club- Oldham Athletic for the 2015/2016 season.

Our sponsorship package includes a perimeter board situated infront of the Zen Office stand giving us prime television coverage of the Match highlights on Sky Sports FL72 & the Channel 5 football League show so please keep a look out.


Asbestos Licence Renewal

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been granted with another 3 year asbestos removal licence by the Health & Safety Executive. The new licence comes to effect from 27th June 2015 and will be valid until 26th June 2018.

Our Managing Director Roy says “I am very pleased that the ALU have made this decision on granting us with the 3 year licence as when the auditor came into the office he informed me it is now much more difficult so it is a great achievement to receive it. I am very proud of how the company is currently progressing and the direction it is going down, I have a great team behind me and we look forward to the future”

We have also this week successfully maintained our IS09001, 14001 & 18001 accreditations. All the accreditations we hold give our clients the peace of mind that Reddish Vale are very professional in what we do and tick all the right boxes.

For more information on our accreditations / services please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 688 6444 or email info@reddishvale.co.uk

Licence of worksIMS Management System

Our Biggest Year Yet

Over 2014 – 2015 we have seen the company grow substantially, at a pace none of the directors expected. This year being the most successful year with a large increase in turn over, which has proved that the management structure is now ready and capable of driving the company forward.

The increase in turnover has given us the opportunity to recruit and train new operatives from the Oldham area, supporting local people and contributing to the growth of the community.

Due to the expansion we have also increased our fleet with new more economical vehicles and have purchased a substantial amount of new equipment to enable our Supervisors / Operatives to continue to undertake the safe removal of asbestos to the very high standard we expect.


Oldham Council Asbestos Removal Framework

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a place in the Oldham Council asbestos removal 3 year framework package which came into effect in May 2015. Reddish Vale are one of four asbestos removal companies who now get the opportunity to tender for asbestos removal works in the Oldham borough over the next coming years.
Managing Director Roy Tindall says he is very pleased with the success of his management team, who have clearly put in a lot of effort to be successful in the framework. It wasn’t an easy task as there was over 15 companies who all wanted a place on the framework. We are very proud that we are now being given the opportunity to re-establish our working relationship with our local council.


A Happy and Healthy New Year from the experts in Asbestos Detection and Removal

It’s a sad fact that even today Asbestos remains the largest work related killer in the UK with over 4000 deaths reported each year.

We at Reddish Vale are dedicated to using our 20 years experience in the Surveying, Detection and Removal of Asbestos in both the private and public sectors. Working Nationwide we’re committed to making the U.K. a healthier, cleaner place to work or study.

That’s our promise and to that end we’re introducing new and better technology that will help us help you.

We are entering 2015 going from strength to strength with the number of project across the country. Take a look at our new website www.reddishvale.co.uk for more information about some of the projects we are working on along with case studies on just some of the projects we’ve already completed.


A New-look, Interactive Website to keep you updated

Now you can keep in touch with developments not just at Reddish Vale but with news, views and trends in the industry as a whole.

It’s been designed and tested to be user friendly and packed full of useful facts, current projects, industry news and sometimes heart-warming stories from our customers and colleagues.

You’ll find everything you need to know about Reddish Vale, our history, our experience, plus a complete easy to navigate guide to our core products and services. From Asbestos Remedial Works and Removals to Asbestos Surveys and Risk Analysis covering both Management and Refurbishment in line with your responsibilities under UK legislation and strict HSE guidelines.

You’ll see how we can design and deliver cost effective containment or removals programmes with minimal disruption to your business through detailed Case Studies and Customer Testimonials. You’ll also find our full contact details so you can be sure of a fast response to any queries or questions you may have regarding our services or your problems.


A new iPad Programme to help keep us on top

We’ve developed a New iPad Programme which is being rolled out during Jan 2015 to help our Site Managers to keep your projects on track and on time.

It will give our managers immediate on-site information to help manage workforce, materials and transport, whilst applying strict safety guidelines, within project timeframes.

We’ve also appointed a new highly experienced Senior Supervisor who will be able to see at a glance an overall picture to ensure the smooth running of all projects and also to ensure your peace of mind.

For a fast response to any queries-
Call Us Today on – 0161 688 6444 or Email on info@reddishvale.co.uk.

Once again let us wish you a Happy, Healthy and Stress Free New Year from all of us at Reddish Vale .


Rochdale asbestos survey case study

rochdale asbestos4,000 people still die every year in the UK from asbestos-related disease. This makes it the single biggest work-related killer in this country.   We recently came across one particular story that highlights these issues, and we hope that by publicising the story, others might be compelled to use the variety of services that are on offer to assist with asbestos related health and safety issues.

The story relates to a company based in Rochdale, who refurbished furniture for restaurants, pubs and hotels. This company moved premises, into a mill, where they adapted their unit to create a mezzanine level for storing foam, to be used in stuffing furniture. So far so good, except that the underside of the roof of the mill contained asbestos, and this was now becoming dislodged by the furniture makers moving the foam. As the foam was dragged and dropped to the main floor, the asbestos was disturbed, and the fibres released into the air. For five years, 30 employees worked in the unit, all of them unaware of the danger to which they were now being exposed.

Asbestos responsibilities

As you will know from this site, there is a legal requirement for companies to carry out an asbestos survey, prior to even moving in. In this case, the company failed to do so.

To further exacerbate matters, the asbestos material was noted by both concerned staff, and a Health and Safety inspector who did eventually visit the premises on an unrelated matter, noticing that the material in the ceiling looked like asbestos and was in a bad state. Forcing the company to undertake an asbestos survey, the results were, indeed, positive, and proved that fibres had spread across the building. The company was immediately served with a Prohibition Notice, denying access to the building. But even then, the company put profit ahead of safety when the owners returned to the building to retrieve £25,000 worth of furniture, in contravention of that notice.

The employees of this particular company now have to live out their lives with the fear they might develop lung problems, as a result of the reckless actions of their employer. There is legal redress, however, and the full weight of the law was applied in this case. Prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive, the company’s owners pleaded guilty to two breaches of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, for failing to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees. They were fined a total of £30,000.

And that is a lot more than they would have had to pay for a simple asbestos survey, and even the removal of that asbestos, in the first instance.

 


Leo’s Dream To Walk

Leo Stott is like every 2 year old boy; cheeky, inquisitive and raring to go. However, Leo also suffers from a condition called Spastic Diaplagia Cerebral Palsy. This means he is unable to walk unaided.

Fortunately there is an operation, Selective Dorzal Rhizotomy, that can help Leo start to walk properly. This procedure, and the intensive, specialist physiotherapy sessions that follow the surgery, is not cheap and Leo’s family need to raise £45000 to cover the costs.

At Reddish Vale, we want to do our bit. So, bravely (crazily?), one of our site operatives, Adrian Ogden is going to leap out of a plane at 15000ft on the 13th July!

Leo is an amazing little boy and we hope you’ll support us in our efforts and sponsor Adrian’s skydive.

Please make your donations at https://www.justgiving.com/leosdreamtowalk– don’t forget to use the Reference ‘Reddish Vale Sky Dive’.

Thank you!

 


The unsafe removal of asbestos – a case study

Asbestos is a particularly pernicious material.  When broken up, the microscopic fibres can be inhaled and become lodged in the lungs.  The carcinogenic impact on that inhalation may not manifest itself for many decades, but might ultimately develop into cancer, in later life.

Despite the fact that 4000 people still die each year in the UK as a result of asbestos-related issues, some people remain far too relaxed about exposure to this dangerous material, regardless of the resources available to them, and the information contained within this, and other, websites.

Staggeringly, this even relates to some of those who are themselves most experienced with asbestos.  Take this particular case of a 23-year old was a trained asbestos supervisor, which illustrates how even the best trained can take their eye off the ball. When asbestos was found in the boiler house of a school in Kent, this man’s company was contracted with the job of safely removing the asbestos.

The company itself was fully licensed to remove asbestos and had actioned the relevant thorough and correct preparations.   The site itself was fenced-off, with restricted access warning signs and the boiler room was sealed and decontaminated, with three air locks separating it from the outside world, and three separate cleaning areas established.

Asbestos Health and Safety

The amount of effort and procedure, in fact, makes the actions of this employee all the more remarkable.  Along with a colleague, this individual was in the process of removing the material, when a Health and Safety Inspector arrived at the school.  In the course of trying to find someone in charge, the inspector saw the asbestos removal taking place within the sealed boiler room, via CCTV.  One of the men was wearing the correct safety clothing, personal protective equipment and respiratory protection.  This other man, however, was removing the asbestos without his protective headgear and respiratory mask, walking about the room with the hood of his protective overalls fully down, dangerously exposing himself to the asbestos.

Such behaviour, of course, makes a mockery of the levels undertaken to prevent contamination in the first place.  The HSE inspector shouted at the man through the airlock but failed to get his attention.  She then filmed what she was seeing, as evidence, and phoned his asbestos removal company.  Eventually they got word to the operative, who was told in no uncertain terms to leave the boiler room.

What makes the situation even the more staggering is firstly that this was a full-trained asbestos supervisor, who was aware of the risks associated with asbestos, and the need to wear the protective equipment.  Secondly, his respiratory equipment was actually with him in the boiler room, on the floor.

As a trained asbestos supervisor, this operative should have been both aware of the dangers of exposure to asbestos and also determined to set an example, both to his colleague and to others in the school, demonstrating the need to take the necessary precautions to protect both himself and others around him.   Instead he rather casually ignored the risk, in an environment known to be contaminated.

Such lapses are taken extremely seriously – the better to protect those working with asbestos, even if they seem unwilling to protect themselves.  This particular supervisor was prosecuted by the Heath and Safety Executive. Charged with what was called a “flagrant and deliberate breach” of regulations, he was fined £1000, with £1500 towards costs.

If you yourself are concerned that there may be asbestos present in a building you manage, or need advice on what steps to take if asbestos is found, please read the advice on this site and refer to the many relevant