Since the government-imposed ban on the use of asbestos in 1999, the construction industry has seen a widespread increase in demand for asbestos management and removal services. Building or demolition works have the potential to release asbestos fibres into the atmosphere, which can have catastrophic effects on health if the removal is not carried out in carefully controlled conditions. As a result, qualified and licensed contractors are sought to ensure the safety of construction workers and members of the public.
This highly regulated industry encompasses a wide range of services such as:
- Consultancy – where asbestos removal projects are more complex, or of a larger scale, companies may source a consultant to provide guidance and advice. Consultants provide an extra level of reassurance that the works are being completed to the standard required.
- Surveying – specialist asbestos surveyors are responsible for locating the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, refurbishment or demolition.
- Testing and analysis – this often involves sample testing where the contractor will analyse materials suspected of containing asbestos in a UKAS accredited laboratory. Alternatively, air testing or monitoring involves the examination of airborne particles.
- Training – asbestos awareness courses (usually UKATA approved) are delivered to those who may come into contact with asbestos, giving them a more in-depth understanding of the hazards, legislation and emergency procedures.
- Removal and abatement – this process involves safely removing or encapsulating ACMs to reduce the risk of exposure to building users.
Due to the range and complexities of asbestos services, it is essential that contractors bidding for this type of work have a robust bid strategy. Our experienced team of bid writers can help you to identify the projects that are right for you. We can also support companies in reviewing eligibility of qualifying criteria to advise on the ‘bid’ ‘no-bid’ decision.
Our expertise lies in supporting companies to bid for contracts with local authorities and housing associations to undertake works across a range of properties such as social housing. However, we have also supported organisations to bid for contracts with other institutions such as universities. Our clients have successfully won, and delivered, logistically complex asbestos removal opportunities across large, historic or listed buildings. As a result, we are well-equipped to provide support with all different types of asbestos-related tender submissions.
Challenges in the asbestos industry
Due to the hazardous nature of working in this industry, asbestos management contractors are dictated by strict rules and regulations including the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Companies must possess a licence from the HSE and their staff must be well-trained and wear sophisticated respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
Asbestos works are split into a number of different categories:
- Notifiable works
- NNLW (notifiable non-licenced work)
- NL (non-licenced work)
Each category has its own specific set of industry requirements, for example, notifiable works require 14-day HSE notification. The questions found within asbestos management tenders can therefore be complex and extremely technical. Due to the high-risk nature of these services, quality responses must reflect a comprehensive grasp of safety standards and a thorough understanding of the statutory requirements.
Tendering for asbestos contracts
Many of our bid writers specialise in asbestos removal tenders and are highly knowledgeable about the strict industry guidelines and best practice contractors must adhere to. We are experienced writing responses across common industry topics such as health and safety, quality management, customer engagement and working in occupied properties. Our writers know how to maintain a balance between compliance-driven content which is also persuasive, compelling and well-written. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.