NIC have once again volunteered to be a drop-off point for the Key 103 Mission Christmas ‘Cash for Kids’ appeal.
Key 103 in partnership with the new Hamley’s store at the Trafford Centre are aiming to raise £1,000,000 worth of toys to be distributed to children living in poverty this Christmas. The idea is that you buy one extra presents this year and make that a gift by handing it in either at the Key 103 studio or one of a number of drop off points (including NIC) around Manchester.
The appeal is looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers aged between 0 and 18. If you’d prefer to give cash rather than a gift than that’s fine too! You can make a donation online, in person or over the phone by using the links provided on the Mission Christmas appeal page.
If you’d like to drop something off at our office then just call by during normal office hours up until December 20 and hand your gift in at our reception. We’ll do the rest!
If you like to contact NIC before you stop by then you can call us on (0845) 076 0055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas 2013!
You can get directions to our site by using the maps on the ‘Contact NIC‘ page.
Are you planning to attend the “Asbestos the Truth” conference to be held on 27 November in Manchester?
The one-day conference is incredibly influential for the asbestos removal industry as feedback from the conference will be used by industry regulators in setting policy. The meeting will also include the first ever live debate on the U.K.’s asbestos crisis and NIC will be present to contribute to the discussion.
We’ll also be talking to some of Europe’s most authoritative speakers about how to manage risk, working within private and public sector partnerships and continued development of best practices for the asbestos removal industry.
The conference will also cover research aspects including setting policy for redeveloping brownfield sites and quantifying and managing asbestos in soil during site remediation.
“Asbestos the Truth” is essentially an industry conference but it will include topics that will be of interest to anyone who has to deal with asbestos.
Meet up with NIC at “Asbestos the Truth”
If you’re planning to attend the conference and would like to speak with someone from NIC whilst you’re there then please contact us using the details below. As well as being important in its own right the meeting is an excellent opportunity for us to network both with customers and with industry colleagues and we’d welcome the opportunity to meet up.
If you like to arrange to meet up at “Asbestos the Truth” or if you’d like any further information from NIC please call us on (0845) 076 0055 or email email@example.com.
As we have already stated, it is quite difficult to tell with any degree of certainty if a material does indeed contain asbestos or not. However, even though you may not be able to tell for definite, this does not mean that you cannot get a good idea about the situation.
What we do know is that asbestos was used to make certain types of products and boasts excellent fire resistant and insulation properties, so you can gauge the kinds of things it was used for. The following are just examples of what materials might contain asbestos:
• Girders and structural beams (sprayed asbestos)
• Packing – partition walls and floors
• Roof and wall cladding (asbestos cement)
• Insulating board – partition walls and ceiling tiles
• Boilers / pipework lagging
In addition to these products described above, there are many other things that were made with asbestos. It is important to not that some of these products can only be removed by a licensed contractor with a current license from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
For more details, go to the HSE website or get in touch with an asbestos removal contractor to discuss the asbestos products that need to be removed or encapsulated in your building.
This is a very good question to ask as although you may be aware that asbestos could be present in a building, due to the fact that it was build before the start of the new millennium, you might not now how it will appear and more importantly, where it can be found.
By going to the Health and Safety Executive website you can find out more information about the areas within a building where asbestos may be found, plus what products could contain it. You can also speak to an asbestos removal expert about this if you are unsure about working in a building.
A licensed contractor will be able to tell you all about the risks of working close to where asbestos has been identified, but the following is a starting point for you.
The truth is that it is not always simple to tell, just by looking, if asbestos is contained within a material or not. This may not be very helpful to you, but unless you have access to a specialist lab it is likely you won’t really be able to properly identify it as containing asbestos. However we will now consider some examples of products that often contain it.
Whether you have found asbestos in your home or uncovered it at your work premises, you might be wondering why you would want to turn to an asbestos removal contractor to carry out the disposal of this material.
Unless the asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are considered low-risk to the safety of those using the building, you will have to consult with a licensed specialist for this work.
This is because the removal of many types of asbestos is deemed as being an extremely hazardous job. Because the chances are greater that the product will release higher quantities of asbestos fibres into the air when disturbed, specific training is required of those who undertake this task.
Due to the serious nature of asbestos removal you are advised to call the experts in the first instance as they can perform asbestos surveys to determine the risk factor and advise as to whether removal of the asbestos is in everybody’s best interests.
They will follow certain working practices and know exactly what they are doing when dealing with the asbestos. In addition to this, they also have all the necessary respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to undertake the work.