Asbestos Seminar

Specialist training for managing asbestos in social housing projects 

Bespoke course can help those involved in managing the maintenance and refurbishment of social housing to “cut costs and programme times of asbestos removals significantly”

Asbestos management specialists, Global Environmental and Clifford Devlin have teamed-up to develop a bespoke training seminar which focuses on the specific issues and challenges that occur when managing asbestos in social housing projects.

The seminar discusses the impact that planning for asbestos at the initial stages can have on reducing costs and programme and also reveals specific procedures to limit inconvenience to residents and protect the safety of operatives.

The course has been adapted into two versions: a comprehensive seminar that covers all topics in detail, lasts a half-day and carries two CPD points. A 90-minute abridged version which discusses all of the issues in less detail and delivers one CPD point.

Topics covered include:

  • The value and responsibilities for planning for asbestos during the initial stages of projects
  • How to reduce costs and delays to programme
  • Methods to minimise operatives’ and occupants’ exposure to asbestos
  • Techniques to minimise damage to properties during surveying and removal
  • Clarification of exemptions re non-licensable work
  • Changes to guidance on waivers
  • Key aspects of HSE guidance (HSG 248, HSG 264 and ACoP L143) that relate to social housing projects
  • The role of the HSE
  • Best practice in removing external asbestos
  • How to reduce complaints and enhance resident satisfaction

The seminars, which can be delivered at client premises or suitable locations in London, are delivered jointly by asbestos specialists Mike Jones and Paul Clarke-Scholes. Mike Jones, who is Managing Director of Global Environmental, has over 12 years’ practical experience in the asbestos management sector and specialises in asbestos surveying and management planning. Paul Clarke-Scholes has over 20 years’ experience of planning and project-managing asbestos remediation.

“We have included a plethora of issues and experiences that we have picked-up whilst providing asbestos management in affordable housing environments,” commented Paul, “By following the published guidance and planning the sequence of works correctly, clients can actually cut the costs of asbestos removal significantly while reducing those all-important programme times.”

The course is aimed at anyone involved in the planning or management of social housing repairs, maintenance or refurbishment including Project/ Contracts Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Compliance Officers, Facilities Managers and Health & Safety Professionals.

Most social housing in the UK was built before asbestos was banned as a building product in 1999. There remains, therefore, a considerable amount of asbestos containing material (ACMs) in affordable housing stock that is likely to be disturbed or exposed during planned or responsive maintenance and refurbishment. 

Fore more details please contact Global Environmental on 020 7300 7288 or email