Asbestos - surely this won't affect me or mine!

asbestosWe find it amazing that although it has been used for centuries, and during the industrial revolution to a far greater extent – it was finally diagnosed as responsible for deaths by the early 1900’s – yet it took the better part of a century for it to be banned totally in the UK!

Over 4,000 deaths a year in the UK are asbestos related, worldwide it is predicted that 2 million will die in the next 20 years. Not all of these are the employees that you would imagine to be more exposed. Some are wives of these workers who have been unlucky enough to breathe in the fibres from their husband’s work clothes.

Sadly it does not take a huge amount of asbestos to cause the harm – sometimes even a little bit is enough. Because of the Two Towers horror, there is a potential for 410,000 people, who were exposed to the dust cloud following the collapse, to have inhaled asbestos and may suffer in the next few years to the cancerous dangers of asbestos. There are already deaths attributed to this and although it usually takes 20 to 50 years for the effects to become deadly, it is thought because of the extreme amount of breathable asbestos dust, the disease has been sped up. Over 40 tons was used in the building of these towers – the UK is much the same in its use of asbestos.

There are three main types of asbestos, some are worse than others but none of them are nice once they have been damaged.

Asbestos has been useful for its insulation properties (heat and noise in particular) but it has been at a much higher cost than anyone thought possible. Don’t get us wrong, it is safe and does a brilliant job, but once it has been damaged it is a killer.

Schools and hospitals built before 1985 are prime areas for asbestos to have been incorporated into the building structure. Was your house built before 2000 and particularly before 1985? Then it is likely that you have had or still have asbestos lurking in some parts of your home!

Construction

Builders & Occupiers
(Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Joinery, Carpentry, Surveying, Architects)

Education

Employees, Children & Visitors
(Commonly used in old school buildings)

Health

Employees, Patients & Visitors
(Commonly used in old hospitals)

Fire & Rescue

Firemen, other Emergency Services, Injured People, General Public
(Inhalation of fibres in building & fire retardant product broken down & released by fire)

Demolition & Explosions

Employees & General Public

(Disturbance of Asbestos when demolishing old buildings)

The table above shows how many establishments, and the people who are most at risk.

A recent survey of 153 schools by the HSE revealed that 44 schools neeed intervention as a minimum reaction by the HSE. This is why the number of school caretakers who now have asbestosis or related diseases are on the increase.

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DMG Delta featured in Anglia Ruskin University Bulletin

DMG Delta featured in Anglia Ruskin University BulletinRecently we shared how DMG Delta has partnered with Anglia Ruskin University in a programme to reduce our carbon footprint. We’ve implemented this scheme through streamlining our communication systems and improving the efficiency of our fleet of vehicles.

Environmental management is hot on our agenda, so it was great to see Anglia Ruskin championing the scheme in their university journal.

We’re aiming to be one of the most environmentally friendly companies in the region and we’ll see the results of this when the scheme launches in the New Year.

Our story can be read on page 31, take a look.

DMG Delta attends the Energy Solutions Show

DMG Delta attends the Energy Solutions ShowWe’ve just returned from attending the Energy Solutions Show at Olympia. Supported by the British Institute of Facilities Management, of which DMG Delta is a member.

It was a great opportunity to discuss the latest products and technologies for improving the energy efficiency of organisations. Running parallel to this show was the M&E Building Services Event. Here we heard from top speakers about new building legislation and regulatory changes.

It provided a useful reminder of the recent consolidation of building regulations, with clarification on requirements that have been in contention such as the question: When is work on a flat roof a repair and when is it a renovation requiring Part L permission?  The simplest answer is to ask us! The continuing drive for zero-carbon buildings was also put into focus with the challenge for non-domestic buildings being achieving the optimum balance between reducing heating, cooling and electric lighting demand.

As maintenance specialists, it was good to confirm the latest developments in energy management. From retrofitting boiler load optimisation devices to energy saving light bulbs and occupancy sensors, what impressed us with this 2011 show is how practical these options have become. (more…)

Environmental management – shrinking our carbon footprint

Environmental management – shrinking our carbon footprintDMG Delta has partnered with Anglia Ruskin University as part of our commitment to environmental issues. Working alongside their researchers, we’ve take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and to create more efficient information systems.

Through the University’s KEEP programme, we’ve streamlined our processes to reduce our remaining paper-based systems and the use of the company’s fleet of vehicles. Our customers still receive the same personalised service they are accustomed to, but behind the scenes our operating systems have been given a revamp.

“DMG Delta is determined to embrace all the technological developments we can with the key objective of reducing our impact on the environment,” said Zoe Rogers, Resources Director, DMG Delta.

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