SOCOTEC Awarded Brent Housing Asbestos Consultancy Contract
Following a ten-year partnership, SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, and the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services – has won a £100,000, three-year contract to provide asbestos consultancy services for Brent Council.
Brent Council provides direct housing management services to more than 9,500 council tenants and 3,000 leaseholders in the London Borough of Brent.
Under the renewed agreement, which will run until 2020, SOCOTEC will be providing technical support to Brent Council to help manage any risk of asbestos across its portfolio of multi-occupancy residential blocks and other properties. These services will include comprehensive asbestos surveys, bulk sampling of potential asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and air testing analysis within vacant residences as well as in the communal areas of buildings. Asbestos awareness training will also be offered by SOCOTEC for Council staff and contractors, under the organisation’s UKATA registration.
Nick Harper, operations director, Asbestos and Water Treatment, Environment & Safety, SOCOTEC, explained: “Regardless of the sector they are working in, any organisation that is responsible for the care and maintenance of a building has to ensure robust processes are in place to manage and mitigate asbestos risk. Doing so is vital in order to meet strict UK and EU legislation, and to enable those responsible to continue offering the best possible health and safety standards for building occupants.
“Brent Council demonstrates an excellent and well-managed approach to asbestos risk. With the expertise of our asbestos services team members and their sensitive handling of residents’ concerns during surveys, as well as our training and laboratory offering, we can continue to provide comprehensive support to the Council’s housing management service, helping the organisation achieve its goals.”