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“We've mentioned several times throughout our site that here at Thomson's one of our proudest achievements is our amazing safety record and that fact that during our 40 year plus history we have never had any form of enforcement action from the HSE or EHO’s.

Many of our competitors try to mimic our professionalism, service and quality and fail miserably. It is a well-known fact that if you employ a Contractor who has a poor safety record and are on the HSE’s priority for visit list, then it’s more likely, and should be no surprise, the HSE may target your site to ensure works are being carried out as they should be.

Removing asbestos costs roughly the same regardless of who prices the work, when it’s done correctly. It basically comes down to how many operatives, how many days and how much waste - easy to quantify really!

If what you’ve been shown by a company seems too good to be true, it usually is. Have you recently checked to see if the contractors you are using have been prosecuted or have any notices against the? Many clients don’t undertake regular basic checks, a straightforward process that looks at readily available information on the HSE website. CLICK HERE to visit the page directly. It may just save you the expense of a prosecution or at least the embarrassment of HSE scrutiny for poor practice!”

Asbestos surveys

Thomson Ltd conducts asbestos surveys, inspections and assessments throughout the UK as well as asbestos sampling and independent analysis.

Whatever the state (or presumed state) of any asbestos on your site or estate, we will find it, check it and find out whether it is safe. And, if needed, we can treat it or remove it. We identify asbestos locations, give you risk-assessment reports and help you with your asbestos management plan.


Our full consultancy service helps with emergency notifications, method statements, monitoring/inspections and management procedures. Thomson Ltd also offers our own iStar Asbestos Management risk register and planning software. Plus, we can provide asbestos-awareness training on request.

The law says that dependent on the age or nature of your building, you will require an asbestos management plan, and more than likely an asbestos survey. We know there is a confusing amount of information regarding exactly what is required, but we can advise you on what you need to be fully compliant; asbestos surveys, testing, management plans and so on. Contact us to find out how we can help you by outlining the different types of survey, how to create a management plan and the risks involved with asbestos.

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What you need to know as a duty holder

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What you need to know as a dutyholder

Why you need a risk register and how to maintain an asbestos plan

1. Asbestos is still a killer

Asbestos is still the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. There are somewhere between half-a-million and million non-domestic properties containing asbestos in the UK. Large amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in the construction of new and refurbished buildings until 1999 when all use of asbestos was banned.

2. Your duty to manage

The duty to manage asbestos is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It applies to the owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises (shops, schools, offices, industrial units/plants and so on) who have responsibility for maintenance and repair activities.

3. Identifying the dutyholder

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), owners/occupiers have a duty to assess the presence and condition of any asbestos-containing materials. If asbestos is present, or is presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately by the 'dutyholder'.

In our experience, the practical role of asbestos dutyholder usually falls to a site's facilities manager, chief safety officer or operations manager. If you do not have such defined roles within your organisation, we strongly advise you to decide who is specifically responsible as the asbestos dutyholder and act accordingly.

The HSG 264 Managing Asbestos in Premises Survey Guide states: "To help comply with the legal requirements and to ensure that ACMs in premises are properly managed, dutyholders should identify a person (and in some cases a deputy) within their organisation who will be responsible for that management. An appointed person will be essential where the dutyholder has a large or complex building portfolio."

4. Asbestos risk register

Under the CAR 2012 regulations, dutyholders must maintain an asbestos risk register that records: inspections on the condition of asbestos materials; deletions when any asbestos is removed; additions when new areas are surveyed and asbestos is located; and other issues such as if asbestos-containing materials are found to have deteriorated. The risk register can be kept as either a paper record or an electronic record, such as that provided by iStar Asbestos Management software. The HSE notes on its website that electronic copies are easier to update.

5. Your asbestos plan

As a dutyholder, you are obliged to prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from asbestos-containing materials will be managed. In the words of the HSE, you must "periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date". Plus you need to be able to provide information on the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.

A good computerised system will alert you to how and when asbestos should be managed. This means that you comply with the HSE's requirement to have an active asbestos management plan. It should also control material risk analysis and provide instant reports to anyone liable to work with your ACMs

6. Ignorance is no defence

Ignorance of the requirements of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and other related mandates such as the HSG 264 Managing Asbestos in Premises Survey Guide is no defence. The penalties of non-compliance can be severe. A comprehensive asbestos management system will also help you comply with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM), The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the L127 Management of Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises guidelines and more.

7. Electronic records

The HSG 264 Managing Asbestos in Premises Survey Guide (the successor to MDHS 100) says: "Electronic documents can also be used to record all the remedial work carried out and to prompt the relevant person, eg the building manager, to carry out and record any further inspections required. Some databases can also link digital picture images of a sample and CAD plans. Printed versions of an electronic document will usually be needed for contractors and others. The distribution and circulation of such documents will need to be carefully managed to ensure only current versions are referenced."

8. Surveys

Surveys are a crucial part of the process of dealing with asbestos-containing materials on your site. Surveys should be undertaken by qualified professionals following the procedures of the HSG 264 Managing Asbestos in Premises Survey Guide. Thomson Ltd is a leading ARCA-accredited operator with nearly 40 years experience in the asbestos management and abatement field. We provide surveys, sampling, analysis, removal and training services. See our asbestos services section for more details

Our services



Thomson Ltd delivers expertise specifically in the overhaul and maintenance of large mass-burn incinerator and industrial plants.

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We deliver expert asbestos abatement, removal and disposal services across over the UK.

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Our Environmental Services division provides a comprehensive cleaning service.

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What our customers say …

  • ...this week we had a major spillage if excess of 50ft of coal on the upper levels of the conveyor system, which under normal conditions would have taken over a week to clear. However, after speaking to Pat and Gordon and asking for assistance, the Thomson team were on top of the situation with the area cleared and operational in a couple of days.I have been greatly impresses with their work ethic and if possible could you please pass on my thanks to Pat and his team for all the hard work and in some instances the thankless tasks undertaken with no complaints but total dedication. The station, in my view, would be worse off without the Thomson team.…
    Coal Plant Didcot A
  • Project: Airedale Project Sirocco – Asbestos Removal – Existing Offices Following a fire in September 2013, our client Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd following an agreement with the loss adjusters, decided to demolish and rebuild a new production facility on the existing site.The existing office building forming part of the facility contained asbestos and it was necessary to remove this prior to demolition works commencing.Thomson Ltd were appointed following a competitive tender process and throughout the tender and subsequent negotiations addressed all issues in a very positive and professional manner to the satisfaction of our client.The Thomson team for the project, managed by Steve Pickard, Thomson’s Environmental Director, could not be faulted for their knowledge, experience, application and attention to detail in respect of health and safety.Their willingness to work with the client and project team at all times during the project was exemplary and they are to be congratulated for completing the project on time and within the original contract sum without any issues outstanding at completion.I would therefore have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Thomson Ltd to any client for any future projects involving environmental or asbestos works.…
    On behalf of Darnton EGS Ltd
  • Just wanted to let you know that in the Asbestos Working Group meeting we had yesterday, LCC Central health and team and CPM said how impressed they were with how well your team carried out the job at the Civic Hall and how well Thomson Limited managed the job. They all wanted to send their appreciation to Thomson Ltd for doing such a good job in a high-profile and demanding environment.…
    Leeds City Council
  • Thomson Ltd completed a major outage on the 16th of August. The outage ran for 24 days and during this time Thomson Ltd worked 24 hours a day to achieve delivery of the project on time. The work was completed a day ahead of schedule and the plant has run at maximum output since that date.Thomson Ltd completed all the set work, and more, on time and in full. They were audited by our Health and Safety team repeatedly during the outage period (as were all contractors on site) and not at any point was a problem found. Their compliance with our site safety rules, permit procedures , the PPE standards required, the confined space procedures in place and the quality of the work delivered was excellent at all times during the project.…
    FCC Environment
  • Can you please pass on my thanks to your team who performed to the highest standard during our shutdown over the past few days, they work long hours to get the work done and just got on with any tasks we set out, without any issues. Thanks and well done to all.…
    Veolia Environmental Services, Sheffield
  • You will be aware that today is the last day of the last of our five boilers consecutive major overhauls, which began on 6th January 2014. I am delighted to say that each boilers overhaul ran consistently smoothly and all being completed on or before the programmed date. It is a credit to all the contractors, but particularly Thomson Limited, the major contractor, that through the endeavours of the supervisors and management this was achieved.Thomson Limited personnel worked in the region of 45,000 hours throughout this period without having sustained any injury through accidents while at work.All the Thomson team; Boiler Tube work, Platework, Cleaning, Scaffolding and Insulation performed admirably. The Tube Work team carried out in the region of 2,000 tube butt welds which were subjected to a 5% Radiographic inspection that resulted in barely a handful of weld repairs having been found necessary, a very commendable result.Please pass on my thanks for a job well done to all of your people.…