Archive December 2013

Schools and Asbestos - Unsure what to do next?

In the news it has been revealed that almost half of schools in one particular northern city contain asbestos. Presumably the city council in question has an Asbestos Management Plan and easily accessible Asbestos Register in place and so was able to provide the details for this FOI request very easily. A little bit of background... Asbestos was used extensively in the UK in the 1950's until the mid 1980's for a variety of puposes, but prodominately for fireproofing and insulation. Any building...
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Revised Asbestos ACOPs

The L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) have been merged into one ACOP. This will make it clearer for dutyholders to understand compliance in a holistic fashion. You can download a free copy or purchase the publication for £15.00. See Managing and working with asbestos for more information.
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Is Japanese Knotweed Facing Its Nemesis At Last?

In 2010, we reported that The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Welsh government had approved the release of the psyllid Aphalara itadori (louse) to help stop the spread of Japanese Knotweed. Three years later, scientists are hopeful as the louse has overwintered well over the last two years. This is no quick fix as it is reported that it could take several years for positive results to be seen. Until then house owners and alike will have to let the louse fight...
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