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Wates FM appoints new divisional Managing Directors

Wates FM appoints new divisional Managing Directors

Wates has appointed two senior level directors to lead its facilities management and southern planned housing maintenance businesses.  Antony Collett joins as Managing Director (MD) for the facilities management (FM) business and replaces James Gregg, who has moved into the role of MD of the southern planned division, housing maintenance,

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HMS Awarded R&M Deal Worth £450 million

HMS Awarded R&M Deal Worth £450 million

One of the North West’s fastest growing contractors, HMS, has signed a new £450 million repairs and maintenance contract with leading housing group, Torus. Part of Torus’ £1.2 billion Repairs and Maintenance Framework, HMS has been appointed to deliver a variety of reactive repairs and planned maintenance activities to Torus’

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Platform Property Care – a subsidiary of Platform Housing Group - has passed an external audit for ISO 45001 by Direct Assessment Services

Property maintenance company has ISO certification reaffirmed

A property maintenance company has had an ISO certificate reconfirmed after a recent audit.  Platform Property Care – a subsidiary of Platform Housing Group – has passed an external audit for ISO 45001 by Direct Assessment Services – or DAS – a UKAS accredited certification body for international ISO standards.  The company was originally awarded the certification in November 2019; this

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Momentum Group wins contract to deliver Gravity Active Entertainment

Momentum Group wins contract to deliver Gravity Active Entertainment

The Momentum Group has been appointed to deliver Gravity’s biggest venue in the UK. The 100,000 sq ft space in the former Debenhams unit in Liverpool is being transformed into the largest multi-purpose entertainment venue in the UK. Bringing together 11 unique immersive experiences all under one roof, The Momentum

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Novus sustains growth with latest decarbonisation wins

Novus sustains growth with latest decarbonisation wins

Leading property maintenance and decarbonisation specialist Novus Property Solutions is celebrating a series of wins for its dedicated Sustain service, having been named as an approved supplier for several prestigious frameworks and organisations. Since its launch less than 12 months ago, Sustain has offered Novus’ customers across the housing sector

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Property management industry worth £30bn+

Research by Warwick Estates reveals that the UK’s property management services industry is on track to have a market value of more than £30 billion by 2025 as a pandemic slump makes way for consecutive years of steady growth.  The property management services industry covers all businesses that provide third-party

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RDM awarded MOD contract with VINCI Facilities

RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services has commenced a new working partnership with VINCI Facilities on a substantial Ministry of Defence (MOD) Future Defence Infrastructure (FDIS) contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). Over the coming years, the South Wales-based company will be working with VINCI Facilities on six MOD sites

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Works complete on new £2m waste and recycling centre at Tattershall

Construction work at Tattershall’s new household waste and recycling centre has now completed. The project was procured through public sector procurement authority, SCAPE and its Regional Construction framework, with main contractor G F Tomlinson beginning work on site in December 2021. Following a £2m investment from Lincolnshire County Council, the

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SOCOTEC provides consultancy, inspection and analytical services at UK’s largest army storage and maintenance depot

SOCOTEC’s Asbestos team recently supportedinfrastructure service support provider, Amey, with the asbestos decontamination of vehicles and assets at MOD Ashchurch, a primary vehicle storage and distribution site for armoured vehicles and the main Stored Equipment Fleet (SEF) storage and maintenance depot for the army in the UK. MOD Ashchurch was

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Best Way To Kill Cockroaches In Multi-Family Home Units

Cockroaches are a problem for many households. They can make your home dirty, infested, and unhygienic. Cockroaches are known to cause allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. These insects are also carriers of bacteria and germs, which may cause infections in humans. If you live in a multi-family home, you

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Wates FM appoints new divisional Managing Directors

Wates FM appoints new divisional Managing Directors

Wates has appointed two senior level directors to lead its facilities management and southern planned housing maintenance businesses.  Antony Collett joins as Managing Director (MD) for the facilities management (FM) business and replaces James Gregg, who has moved into the role of MD of the southern planned division, housing maintenance, having been managing both businesses since December 2021. Antony brings more than 20 years’ experience within the FM and real estate industries, with senior roles at Maintenance Management Ltd, Integral UK and Verisae. His most recent role was Managing Director at Mitie where he was responsible for large scale transformation within its Technical Services business. James is a Wates veteran, having taken a number of roles in the fit out and refurbishment business, ending as pre-construction and strategy director before moving on to lead the FM business in July 2016.  In their new roles, both Antony and James will be responsible for delivering each business’ ambitious growth plans by strengthening existing customer relationships and growing their business in current and new markets, including Wates’ drive to help customers achieve their net zero carbon.  David Morgan, Executive Managing Director, Wates Property Services, said: “In Antony and James, we have two excellent leaders for two critical parts of our business. Our FM business has gone from strength to strength in the last few years under James’ leadership and has had another record-breaking year in 2022.  “Antony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our business, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Wates and see him build on the great foundations we have in place. Since taking on the leadership of our south planned division, James has delivered some amazing results. I look forward to seeing them both take our businesses to new levels that help us achieve our ambitious growth plans.”     Wates is currently delivering planned and responsive housing maintenance to over 500,000 social housing properties and FM services to over 350 properties across the public and private sectors in England.  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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HMS Awarded R&M Deal Worth £450 million

HMS Awarded R&M Deal Worth £450 million

One of the North West’s fastest growing contractors, HMS, has signed a new £450 million repairs and maintenance contract with leading housing group, Torus. Part of Torus’ £1.2 billion Repairs and Maintenance Framework, HMS has been appointed to deliver a variety of reactive repairs and planned maintenance activities to Torus’ 40,000 homes for at least the next three years. The First Call Off Contract from the framework, HMS will deliver a range of Asset Management Services to Torus’ property portfolio across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire East and West, Wirral, West Lancashire and Wigan, HMS will head up a number of workstreams, including Responsive, Vacant home property repairs and Planned Maintenance, Facilities Management, Gas and Electrical Servicing and Estate Services. Expanding on HMS’ existing partnership with Torus, this latest iteration of its Repairs and Maintenance service will see the team continue futureproofing homes and creating safe, secure properties and neighbourhoods thanks to increased funding into the creation of a bigger network of tradespeople, suppliers and apprenticeships. Paul Worthington, Managing Director of HMS, said: “It’s fantastic to continue our work with Torus and act as their preferred supplier of all repairs and maintenance services. Being able to expand on the services we have delivered for the Group over the past three years is something we’re excited to continue as we have already recorded several successes for Torus and their customers over the years and know we are able to further exceed expectations. “Quality is central to how we deliver, as we constantly learn, improve and collaborate to ensure that Torus customers influence the repairs and maintenance services they ultimately receive. This iterative approach to delivery has seen us effectively mobilise multiple workstreams and grow alongside the Group, acting as a single provider of a number of vital services.” Continuing, Chief Operating Officer at the Torus Group, Cath Murray-Howard, said: “HMS have a great track record of delivering for our customers and we have numerous examples of how the team has gone above and beyond to support our communities. Their dedication to each one of our customers and our wider communities is evident and along with their passion for delivering award-winning services makes them the perfect delivery partner. “As a Group, Torus is committed to investing in its properties and ensuring every one of our tenants live in a safe, secure and well-maintained home – one that they and us at Torus can be proud of – so the launch of this framework and renewed partnership with HMS is something to be celebrated, having already seen so much progress to date, and we’re thrilled to begin works and see our investment come to life in the new Financial Year.” HMS will commence delivery of the new Repairs and Maintenance contract in April 2023 and the increased investment in all workstreams will see numerous career opportunities available for residents within our community. To find out more and stay up to date with current vacancies, please visit the HMS website. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Platform Property Care – a subsidiary of Platform Housing Group - has passed an external audit for ISO 45001 by Direct Assessment Services

Property maintenance company has ISO certification reaffirmed

A property maintenance company has had an ISO certificate reconfirmed after a recent audit.  Platform Property Care – a subsidiary of Platform Housing Group – has passed an external audit for ISO 45001 by Direct Assessment Services – or DAS – a UKAS accredited certification body for international ISO standards.  The company was originally awarded the certification in November 2019; this latest review means the certificate is now valid for the next three years.  The audit – which took place between 23 and 26 September this year – covered a vast geographical area in Lincolnshire, from Grimsby to Skegness and beyond.  ISO 45001 is the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety, issued to protect employees and visitors from work related accidents and diseases.  Mark Lane, QESH Manager at Platform Property Care said : “It’s a true measure of a great team effort to achieve recertification of this internationally recognised standard; it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to all stakeholders and external regulators in relation to health and safety.  For our many customers, it also gives reassurance that all our work will be undertaken safely with attention to detail.  It places the customer at the very heart of what we do.  We are justifiably proud to have been awarded this certification again.”  The audit – which took place over a six day period – involved interviews with senior managers, lead engineers, service managers and trades people with 19 key people involved; nine workplace site inspections to observe safety working practices also took place.  Preparation for the audit began in May 2022 and involved compiling appropriate policies, procedures and systems; the process looked at how Platform Property Care demonstrates compliance with the clauses of the ISO45001 standard and related evidence.  Mark concluded : “This standards give assurance to the Board and the wider Platform Housing Group business, that Property Platform Care is a sector leading organisation.  External audits give a completely impartial measure of a business and we are proud of our achievements.  Our thanks and congratulations go to all those involved.”  For further information please contact Mark Lane, QESH Manager at Platform Property Care on 01684 579398 or email him at mark.lane@platformhg.com.  Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Momentum Group wins contract to deliver Gravity Active Entertainment

Momentum Group wins contract to deliver Gravity Active Entertainment

The Momentum Group has been appointed to deliver Gravity’s biggest venue in the UK. The 100,000 sq ft space in the former Debenhams unit in Liverpool is being transformed into the largest multi-purpose entertainment venue in the UK. Bringing together 11 unique immersive experiences all under one roof, The Momentum Group is responsible for the fit out and delivery of the 100,000 sq ft space creating an immersive visitor experience with e-karting, bowling, street golf and digital darts amongst a raft of other experiences, including hospitality and food and drink. Commenting on behalf of Gravity, Gareth Buxton said ‘The experience, attention to detail and local knowledge that The Momentum Group brings is what we needed for this ambitious project. Their flexible approach to the project, network of suppliers and contacts is what makes them unique.’  He went on to say, ‘There is a growing demand for visitor immersive experiences and this project, will bring together a number of complex entertainment units to deliver the revolutionary concept.’ Chris Renshaw, Co-Founder and Director at The Momentum Group said ‘The demand for leisure experiences and pursuits is increasing and we are thrilled to have been appointed to deliver this project. The project is vast and Gravity’s largest in the UK.  We are delighted to be able to showcase our services and partnership working with the team at Gravity.’ Work is underway with Gravity due to open in the new year. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Novus sustains growth with latest decarbonisation wins

Novus sustains growth with latest decarbonisation wins

Leading property maintenance and decarbonisation specialist Novus Property Solutions is celebrating a series of wins for its dedicated Sustain service, having been named as an approved supplier for several prestigious frameworks and organisations. Since its launch less than 12 months ago, Sustain has offered Novus’ customers across the housing sector a one-stop-shop for specialist assistance in achieving net zero targets through the contractor’s Centre of Excellence comprising in-house professionals and external partners. The contractor’s Sustain service has been successfully named in the CHIC North Wales eight-year programme, which will see Novus carrying out optimised retrofit installations across properties in the region. Furthermore, the contractor has also secured a place on the national CHIC Optimised Retrofit Programme for Lot 1 and Lot 5, covering low and zero carbon retrofit solutions. Procure Plus, a social housing regeneration consortium, has named Novus in its five-year domestic retrofit delivery programme across the North West. Novus has been successful in Lot 2 and Lot 3, which refer to turnkey programme delivery and installation delivery respectively. The contractor has also been awarded a place on each of the ten lots within the £500 million Prosper Procurement framework. The two-year framework involves a range of decarbonisation retrofit works on domestic and public buildings across all regions of England and Wales. Commenting on Novus’ recent decarbonisation successes, Matt Hiley, Executive Director at Novus Property Solutions said: “We’re proud to have been named as an approved supplier for several prestigious frameworks in recent months, further establishing Novus’ position as an expert in decarbonisation retrofit services. “Our dedicated Sustain service is an important element of our ambitious plans for growth, and has already proven its value for our clients across the housing sector. It offers a partnered approach to an end-to-end service, helping local authorities and housing associations not only complete important net zero refurbishments but also secure the funding to do so, and we look forward to continuing to grow this vital service.” To find out more about the impact Novus’ Sustain service can have on your property portfolio, visit the contractor’s stand at Homes UK exhibition on the 23rd and 24th November in the Unlock Net Zero area. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Property management industry worth £30bn+

Research by Warwick Estates reveals that the UK’s property management services industry is on track to have a market value of more than £30 billion by 2025 as a pandemic slump makes way for consecutive years of steady growth.  The property management services industry covers all businesses that provide third-party or outsourced services to oversee the management and maintenance of property, as well as tenant relations, on behalf of owners or landlords. Today, the industry is made up of 22,245 businesses employing 309,172 members of staff, combining to generate a market value of £27.7 billion. This value represents an increase of 5.3% since last year but still isn’t enough to bring market value back to where it was prior to the pandemic. The current market remains -4.9% down on 2019 when its value peaked at £29.1 billion, but there needn’t be too much cause for concern because today’s value is still 26.8% higher than it was a decade ago.  Furthermore, projected figures suggest that 2022’s start towards post-pandemic recovery is paving the way for at least three years of continuous market growth culminating in 2025 when the property management services industry is expected to be worth £30.4 billion; a 9.8% increase on today’s value.  If this comes to fruition, it will mean that the market reaches a higher value that at any other point in the past decade, including its pre-pandemic peak of 2019.  Data tables Data tables and sources can be viewed online, here.

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RDM awarded MOD contract with VINCI Facilities

RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services has commenced a new working partnership with VINCI Facilities on a substantial Ministry of Defence (MOD) Future Defence Infrastructure (FDIS) contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). Over the coming years, the South Wales-based company will be working with VINCI Facilities on six MOD sites in the Oxfordshire area. The contract is part of the MOD’s new Future Defence Infrastructure Programme. The contract will see RDM inherit an additional two sites and more than 20 existing staff members. It will also see the company employ an additional five new staff in key roles, including senior management positions. The company has established an enviable reputation for delivering facilities management within the defence sector. It is highly regarded for its excellent service levels and considered, practical approach, as well as its ethos of utilising a local workforce wherever possible to help contribute to the local economy. Furthermore, the company is known for its passion for embracing the principles of the circular economy. Both VINCI and RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services share a commitment to work towards a lower carbon society, focusing on sustainable and innovative methods to exceed goals and add value for all stakeholders. VINCI Facilities is part of VINCI SA, a world leader in concessions and construction, and is the Facility Management (FM) and Building Solutions business within VINCI Construction in the UK. It has supported the defence sector for over 70 years, delivering maintenance, repair, project management, and refurbishment services to operational and support facilities. It was named the top-ranked FM service provider in the Sustainable FM Index for 2020 and 2021. It works with its partners, customers and supply chain to deliver lasting, positive and effective change in the built environment. Dave Kieft, Director, RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services, said: “We look forward to a very successful working relationship with VINCI Facilities over the next few years. RDM will be responsible for ensuring day-to-day delivery of great customer service and performance across the remit of our work, which includes electrical, mechanical building fabric and environmental engineering services at the six MOD sites in Oxfordshire. We will also be working very closely with RDM’s sister company EFT Consult on all the relevant design and innovation opportunities. “We are very proud to have a proven reputation for going the extra mile in all the projects we undertake. As ever, we remain focused on providing world-class services and solutions, which will make a positive difference to the end users – the forces personnel that do such important work in the defence of our country, and that live, work and train at the six MOD sites across the Oxfordshire region.”

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Works complete on new £2m waste and recycling centre at Tattershall

Construction work at Tattershall’s new household waste and recycling centre has now completed. The project was procured through public sector procurement authority, SCAPE and its Regional Construction framework, with main contractor G F Tomlinson beginning work on site in December 2021. Following a £2m investment from Lincolnshire County Council, the new facility has replaced an existing, privately-owned centre at Kirkby on Bain, which is now set to be decommissioned. The new site, which has a larger capacity, will handle, sort and dispose of materials more efficiently than the previous centre. The facility accommodates four state-of-the-art waste compactors, which feed ten containers. These are able to hold three times the amount of waste than a standard open top compactor, helping to reduce haulage costs and make for a more sustainable transfer to the waste station, by transporting more waste per journey. The facility will serve Horncastle and the surrounding area. The project utilised local labour through G F Tomlinson’s supply chain including Newark-based D J Swallow Construction, who worked closely with G F Tomlinson to complete the ground works and concrete slabs, as well as Lincoln-based electrical contractor, Brooke & Mayo. This helped ensure that 78% of the spend on the project was with suppliers based within 40 miles of the site. An official opening of the facility took place last month, with invited guests including Lincolnshire County Councillor, Daniel McNally, and counterparts from East Lindsey District Council, including Cllr Martin Foster and Cllr Craig Leyland. Lincolnshire County Council’s Head of Waste, Mike Reed, and East Lindsey District Council’s Assistant Director of Neighborhoods, Victoria Burgess, along with G F Tomlinson’s Senior Contractors Manager, Andy Boam, and Head of Business Development, Les Needham, were also in attendance. Craig Stopper, SCAPE Regional Construction framework Manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “We were delighted to be appointed as main contractor partner on this development. In addition to providing the residents of Lincolnshire with quick and convenient access to a new recycling centre, the facility ensures materials are being disposed of correctly, reducing harmful impacts on the environment. “We are very pleased to have completed this project working alongside Lincolnshire County Council under the SCAPE Regional Construction framework – it marks the fifth household waste recycling centre we have delivered for the Council to date, with others located in Boston, Gainsborough, Bourne and Sleaford. This scheme is another important public facility in the Lincolnshire area which will provide upgraded recycling services and reduce the impact on the environment within the wider community.” Mark Robinson, Group Chief Executive at SCAPE, added: “The new centre is an excellent example of how a scheme can deliver social and economic value and provide long-term benefits for the wider community. It has been developed to the highest standard whilst integrating sustainable facilities and achieving value for money. “We are delighted to have worked with our partner G F Tomlinson to accelerate this project forward, and bring an essential waste and recycling centre to the local residents of Tattershall, Coningsby, and the surrounding areas.” Mike Reed, Head of Waste at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Tattershall Household Waste Recycling Centre represents another significant project completed in partnership with G F Tomlinson using the SCAPE Regional Construction framework. The facility will provide a better environment for local residents to dispose of their material and will contribute to Lincolnshire’s circular economy aspirations.”

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SOCOTEC provides consultancy, inspection and analytical services at UK’s largest army storage and maintenance depot

SOCOTEC’s Asbestos team recently supportedinfrastructure service support provider, Amey, with the asbestos decontamination of vehicles and assets at MOD Ashchurch, a primary vehicle storage and distribution site for armoured vehicles and the main Stored Equipment Fleet (SEF) storage and maintenance depot for the army in the UK. MOD Ashchurch was shut down by the HSE due to asbestos-related concerns, with a programme (known as Operation Windfirm) specifically developed to allow re-entry to the site through the decontamination of buildings, vehicles and assets and the safe return of occupants. As part of the programme, asbestos control measures under CAR 2012 needed to be agreed with the HSE and implemented throughout the site. Alongside another third party, SOCOTEC supported Amey with the decontamination work and conducted the subsequent inspection and issuing of certification in line with government guidelines. Deterioration of asbestos Ashchurch comprises a 178-acre site with numerous large asbestos cement clad and roofed sheds. Over the years, these asbestos storage sheds have decayed, leading to the contamination of vehicles and the assets stored within them. The asbestos cement rooves have also deteriorated due to a combination of weather conditions and a lack of repair. This has resulted in pieces of asbestos cement being visibly strewn across floor areas. As is common with asbestos cement rooves, an abundant coverage of moss and lichens exist. When these grow on cement sheeting, their roots will penetrate beneath the upper layers of the cement and remove moisture. This plant growth will eventually cause damage, erosion and weakness to the roof surface which, in conjunction with the weather conditions, will eventually result in moss/lichens being displaced onto adjacent surfaces such as roads, walkways and grassed areas. The plant growth activity causes the cement matrix (essential for binding and holding the asbestos fibres in place) to break down and no longer be present, with the fibres loosely adhered to the roots of the moss/lichens. When these roots fall off the rooves, they leave behind an unsealed surface with loose asbestos fibres that can easily be displaced and moved across the site. Moreover, severe weather conditions meant that contamination was being walked across the site or tracked on vehicles due to the large gull colony of birds using the material for nesting. Identifying locations SOCOTEC’s Asbestos team carried out a targeted survey over a three-month period to determine the extent of the contamination at MOD Ashchurch. Over 6,000 samples were taken, 75% of which returned positive results for asbestos. Key areas where asbestos was found included: Loose debris to rooves/guttering/downpipes A contaminated drainage system Debris to grassed areas (in some cases, legacy contamination from when rooves had been replaced historically) Extensive debris and contamination to vehicles, bridging and associated equipment Contamination within the ground. Control measures Working collaboratively alongside third parties, SOCOTEC contributed to a programme involving site asbestos maintenance and designated decontamination hubs. Controls to ensure the safe, continued operation of the site included: HEPA adapted road sweepers to carry out scheduled housekeeping, protecting assets and personnel in the occupied buildings. Sweeper waste sampling results were reported back to the army, Amey and other site stakeholders on a weekly basis to act as early warnings for spikes, general high readings and seasonal/annual variations. All personnel were given asbestos awareness training, which was maintained annually Fencing to the entire perimeter of the site was covered with fine netting, preventing the spread of any asbestos from site A controlled wheel wash was installed at the exit to the site during the early phase of the work until contamination issues were brought under control Routine housekeeping within occupied buildings was carried out using type H vacuum cleaners to capture any cross contamination from external areas Control of site maintenance activities, such as grass cutting and disposal of waste Alongside site maintenance, high and low volume air monitoring took place on the site perimeter, in occupied buildings, around the site, on personnel and when project activities were undertaken To determine if airborne asbestos was present, conventional analytical methods were complemented by the use of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with fibre identification by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDXS) Enhanced safe systems of work and associated training for all staff and visitors to site. Two hubs were specifically set up in order to decontaminate vehicles, bridging and equipment. All vehicles and assets underwent a proof of concept to determine the safest decontamination method, ascertain the appropriately sized team for the asset and the average time taken. This process formed part of the risk assessment and method statements, which were signed by all stakeholders and used for personnel to sign onto, demonstrating a full understanding of the agreed processes. Air monitoring and inspection Of the 50,000 air tests carried out, 45,000 were static samples and 5,000 were personal air tests. All but a handful were less than the clearance limit, demonstrating tight controls and compliance with working practices throughout the duration of the project. SOCOTEC’s Asbestos team supported the Operation Windfirm programme, with all decontaminated items inspected and a certification of cleanliness produced. This included issue, TacCIS, EBS and ES Mat items, vehicles, bridging assets, as well as workshop equipment and tools. After decontamination, the vehicles and assets either went for external storage, return to unit, disposal, destruction, or remained on site. Innovation and collaboration Due to the critical nature and size of the project at Ashchurch, bespoke innovations were required to control the spread of asbestos and keep all personnel and the community safe. The two road sweepers were customised with HEPA filters to prevent the spread of airborne asbestos fibres, as a traditional filter would not have controlled the fibres. Specialist modified air monitoring pumps were commissioned, and long-life batteries were fitted to allow over eight hours of continuous monitoring at 16 litres/minute. This allowed levels of down to 0.0002 fibres/ml to be detected, well below regular monitoring levels and aligned with HSE research. Close collaboration and effective communication between stakeholders was of paramount importance, with weekly meetings and open discussions

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Best Way To Kill Cockroaches In Multi-Family Home Units

Cockroaches are a problem for many households. They can make your home dirty, infested, and unhygienic. Cockroaches are known to cause allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. These insects are also carriers of bacteria and germs, which may cause infections in humans. If you live in a multi-family home, you may be wondering how to get rid of cockroaches. The sooner you do it, the better chance you’ll have to control and kill the cockroaches. You’ll also avoid spending a lot of money. So, this article will discuss some of the best ways to kill cockroaches in your multi-family home units: Hiring Professional Extermination Services When you have a cockroach problem beyond just an occasional sighting, hiring professional extermination services will be your best option. A pest control company can provide you with an assessment of your home or apartment unit and determine which products will work best for your situation. They will also provide ongoing maintenance if necessary to keep your infestation under control. But first, you should check this recommended site to get a reliable exterminator who will help deal with the cockroach problem efficiently. Professional extermination has many benefits over do-it-yourself methods: Exterminators use more effective products than you would find at the hardware store.   Exterminators can treat an entire building, so they’ll be able to find hidden nests and kill existing bugs and eggs and larvae before they hatch.   The professionals also know the different species of cockroaches and what method works best on them and use them to control the pests.    Using Cockroach Baits Cockroach baits work by attracting the roaches with an irresistible food source, such as protein-based foods like meat or cheese. Once they climb inside the bait trap, they cannot escape and eventually die from dehydration or starvation. The cockroaches’ bodies decompose inside the bait trap and do not smell because they contain a slow-acting poison that kills them slowly, so they do not attract other pests such as rats and mice in your home. Another bait that you can use is boric acid. It is a powder made from borax and sugar. It can be sprinkled around your home’s baseboards and any cracks or crevices where cockroaches may hide. The roaches will take the bait back to their nests and pass it along to other colony members. It will kill off many of the cockroaches in your home and prevent them from returning. Cockroach Sprays If you prefer an instant kill instead of a slow death for cockroaches, spray roach killers may be your best bet. These sprays can be in a liquid or aerosol form and work by killing the insects on contact. However, this type of treatment is usually only effective against large groups of roaches rather than individual pests hiding in cracks or crevices around your home. However, they’re only effective if used correctly. Make sure you read the directions carefully before using any spray indoors — especially if there are children or pets in the house. Some can put people at risk for breathing problems or skin irritation if improperly used or the house lacks proper ventilation.    Use Sticky Traps Another way that homeowners can prevent a cockroach infestation is by using sticky traps. These traps will catch any cockroaches that wander into them and kill them when they get stuck in them for too long. It is an effective method because it traps all roaches, even those hiding under furniture or inside walls. You can place the sticky traps in areas where cockroaches are usually found, including under sinks, behind your refrigerators, stoves, and around pipes. You can also combine them with gel baits and boric acid so that once the cockroaches are attracted to it, they can get trapped, and you can kill any that miss the bait.    Keep Your Home Clean You need to keep your house clean because cockroaches love dirty environments. If there’s food lying around, it’ll start multiplying quickly and become a problem for you and your family members. Ensure that trash cans are emptied daily, the floors are swept regularly, and all food items are stored in airtight containers so that no roaches can smell them from afar.   Keeping your home clean makes it undesirable for cockroaches as they thrive in dirty places. The few cockroaches in the house will starve and die of hunger or move away to find other habitats.    Conclusion Cockroaches can multiply into hundreds in a short time if left to thrive. The longer you let them, the harder it becomes for you to control them. Therefore, you should start killing them at first sight of a cockroach by using the methods discussed in this article. You can try killing them yourself using boric acid and traps or call professionals for more detailed exterminations.

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