Frequently Asked Questions
Must I use a licensed labour supplier / agency when hiring labour for asbestos removal works?
All suppliers of asbestos removal labour must hold a licence. Regulation 8 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR) states that an employer shall not undertake any work with asbestos unless he holds a licence granted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Paragraph 87 of the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance to the Regulations (ACoP) states that this includes the supply of labour. Consequently, those organisations supplying labour for licensed asbestos work must have a licence and are required to comply with all relevant sections of CAR.
Do Tradeslink supply asbestos supervisors?
HSE stipulate that licensed labour suppliers must not provide labour to be used in a supervisory or management function.
Must the licensed contractor notify the HSE that they are using a licensed labour supplier?
It is the responsibility of the licensed contractor to notify the work (ASB5) to the enforcing authority. It is not necessary to inform them that labour from a licensed labour supplier is being used. The labour supplier however must notify the Head Office ALPI on a 3 monthly frequency (in arrears) of their contracts.
What equipment do our operatives arrive on site with?
Tradeslink operatives will arrive on your site complete with copies of full and authenticated industry paperwork, full RPE, a selection of hand tools and full PPE to include stripping boots, site boots and transit shoes.
Who insures our operatives?
We have our own employer's liability insurance specific to work with asbestos. After clarification from HSE lawyers, this is deemed as secondary or contingency cover. Operatives hired to your company would work under your primary insurance with ours seen as a back up to cover any eventualities.
Both the licensed labour supplier and the licensed contractor must hold appropriate Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance, suitably extended to cover working with asbestos.
How much notice period do we need?
We understand how the industry works and the short lead in time to contract start dates that many contractors work to. With this in mind, we make it our aim to fill every vacancy no matter how short the notice period. Booking a week or so in advance obviously helps us all but we are well equipped to cover every eventuality - even same day bookings at times!
Can we provide you with local operatives?
In most circumstances YES. When we are particularly busy in a certain location it may be necessary to bring in people from outside of the local area. This enables us to closely match an operative to a vacancy from a wider pool of available personnel. This guarantees you experienced operatives who can assist in the on time completion of your asbestos abatement projects.
For more information contact us on 01663 761 901