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Allium supporting the “Rainbow Run”

Allium supporting the “Rainbow Run”

On a blustery Sunday morning in June a team from Allium took place in the 2017 Newquay Rainbow Run held at RAF St. Mawgan.

The Rainbow Run is a 5k event in support of Children’s Hospice South West and unlike usual running events it involves the participants being bombarded with powder paint at various points around the course.

Our team of 12 entrants started off looking very smart in their Allium T-shirts but, as you can see below, by the end of the event things looked a little different!

Congratulations and thanks to all who took part as the event raised in excess of £80,000 for CHSW and will help provide much needed care for desperately ill children in the South West.

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Hospital asbestos ‘a ticking time bomb’

The number of people who could contract cancer from asbestos poisoning in London’s hospitals is a “ticking time bomb”, it has been claimed.

BBC London has found 94% of hospitals in the capital contain asbestos.

About 1,000 people have died from mesothelioma since 2011 in London, seven of which were doctors and nurses.
The government said many parts of the NHS estate date from an era when asbestos was widely used but it is considered safe if left undisturbed.

Jerry Swain, acting national instructor for Unite’s construction centre, and lawyer Isobel Lovett, who has dealt with asbestos cases for 17 years, have both described the number of people who are developing mesothelioma as like a “ticking time bomb”.

“White asbestos in hospitals is still a danger – there’s no safe form of asbestos,” said Ms Lovett. “There’s no safe level of dust to which you can be exposed. All asbestos dust, once breathed in, presents a hazard.”

She added that while the source of white asbestos remains in hospitals, there was always a danger that someone could inadvertently disturb it in some way and release the dangerous fibres.

Mr Swain added: “It’s very hard to imagine a killer being safe. Asbestos is a known killer, people are dying from it. The only safe asbestos is asbestos that’s been removed.

“If we’re going to leave asbestos in places, we have to be aware that we are taking a conscious decision and that people will die.”

He said a plan was needed to eradicate it because some workers may be unaware of the dangers.

A spokesperson for NHS Improvement, part of the Department of Health, said: “In common with buildings across the country, many parts of the NHS estate date from an era when asbestos was widely used. Asbestos is considered safe if it is undisturbed.

“Nationally, there are strict rules and regulations in place so that asbestos is registered and safely contained. When building or other work is carried out, experts are bought in to properly and safely dispose of it.

“Safety is and always will be our top priority. We continue to work with trusts to ensure that their estate remains a safe environment for all patients and staff.”

Mesothelioma

  • About 2,600 people die each year in the UK from the condition which affects the lungs
  • Symptoms include breathlessness, cough, chest pain, night sweats and in rare cases damage to the spinal cord
  • The median survival rate is 12 months, chemotherapy treatment can add two to three months
  • People who worked in offices and buildings with asbestos are being increasingly diagnosed, rather than just those who had direct contact with the material
  • In areas with high risk exposure, about 5-10% individuals will develop it

Source: Doctor Peter Szlosarek, consultant oncologist at Barts Hospital who is studying mesothelioma

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New Lease of Life for Derelict Industrial Site

Devonshire Park is located on the A3022 Brixham Road, the main distribution road around Torbay. It is situated at the heart of a major centre of expansion. The whole area, once complete, will provide a total of 1,000 new residential properties together with over 15,500m² of commercial space. The commercial space has been designed to provide innovative contemporary style buildings. The design and the use of sustainable materials will ensure the buildings will exceed the appropriate environmental standards.

The site has fallen into disrepair over the course of many years since it’s closure and access to some parts was restricted due to structural issues. Allium were employed to complete Demolition Asbestos Surveys to the remaining structures on site together with the underground service tunnels which necessitated the use of confined space access equipment and appropriately trained surveyors.

Our client commented…

“it’s the best asbestos survey we have ever had and we’re very pleased that we came to Allium.”

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Allium retain UKAS accreditation

We are proud to confirm that following our annual UKAS surveillance visit we have been informed that our UKAS accreditation to ISO 17020 for the surveying of buildings for asbestos has been maintained.

We are justly proud of our accreditation which demonstrates to all our clients that we are technically competent to undertake their surveys and also assures them of the quality of our service. During the annual visit we are audited both on our quality systems in the office and on site undertaking an actual survey.

HSE strongly recommends that only UKAS accredited companies are employed to undertake asbestos surveys.

Operations and Quality Manager Claire Stephen commented “It is a testament to the skills and competencies of all our staff that our accreditation has been renewed. Clients can be confident when appointing Allium that our rigid training and quality checks ensure that surveys are compliant with HSG 264 and they have exercised due diligence by using a UKAS firm”.

You can check whether a firm is accredited by visiting the UKAS website www.ukas.com

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Meet the Team member – Evie Hidderley

It’s always nice to put a face to a name, so from this month we’ll be adding a short biopic of various staff members detailing their roles in Allium and interests beyond the office. As you may well be receiving a call from Evie in the near future we thought we’d start off with her.
Evie joined us in March this year to offer her support with finding new business across the country. With her strong work ethic and dedication to ensure customer satisfaction; she’s already building on existing customer relationships and striving to forge new ones for the future.

Evie says:

I am very excited to have recently joined the Allium Team and am thriving on the challenges that my new role of Business Development Coordinator is presenting. I thoroughly enjoy meeting clients and speaking to them so I feel that I am well suited to the role.

Allium is at a key point in its development so I am pleased to play a part in that by generating new leads, setting up new clients and attending meetings and presentations to promote the Business.

Outside of working hours and at weekends I enjoy Mountain Biking, baking and singing. I am part of a newly formed classical singing trio called Cana. We have recently toured Cornwall with our show “Spectacular” where we have performed in village halls up and down the county. The picture below is a recent photo of us performing in the amphitheatre at Trebah Gardens in Mawnan Smith. I’m in the middle!