Merryhill Re-accredited by CHAS

CHAS Certificate

Merryhill has shown once again our commitment to H&S by having our CHAS accreditation renewed for a further year.

Being a member of ARCA, Merryhill gain our CHAS accreditation based on past audit data and general competence. This year saw a change to the usual process, with additional evidence required to support our renewal.

In previous years, our CHAS certificate had been renewed purely on the basis of feedback from ARCA site audits. The revised renewal process is now far more robust, requiring much more input from the contractor which we believe is a good thing.

Merryhill hold a number of accreditations which we believe underpins our knowledge, competence and experience as a licensed asbestos removal contractor. We hope the certifications provide peace of mind to our valued clients that we conduct our work in a professional and more importantly safe manner.

ARCA A-Grade Audit

ARCA SAAS

At Merryhill, we pride ourselves on the way we plan projects and carry out asbestos removal whilst on-site.

In a recent audit by ARCA as part of the Site Audit Accreditation Scheme, Merryhill received an A-Grade with no non-conformances or recommendations whatsoever.

Our commitment to quality and health & safety best practice ensures that all projects, no matter how small are meticulously planned. This increased effort at the planning stage ensures that our site teams are well briefed and understand the expectations for each project BEFORE they arrive on-site.

We are in constant contact with our site-teams and encourage open communication. In doing so, any changes to the original plan can be discussed openly.

ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme

We are very proud of our asbestos supervisors and operatives. By having a great team, we are able to work together more closely and for the better. We look forward to receiving more A-Grade audits in the future.

Merryhill Secures ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Re-Certification

ISO Recertification



After concluding our re-certification audit, Merryhill Envirotec has successfully been re-accredited to ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

During the audit, our proposed plans for migration to the new ISO 45001:2018 standard was discussed and a transition programme put in place.

Merryhill Envirotec is on-track for migrating the now outdated OHSAS 18001 accreditation and aim to fully complete this before our audit in 2020.

Merryhill are committed to upholding the best-possible standards. Our management systems ensure a robust and repeatable service for all asbestos removal projects.

All management system certificates are issued by Alcumus, a UKAS accredited provider. Merryhill has worked in partnership with Alcumus for a number of years and demonstrates Merryhill’s commitment to ensuring our customers receive the best quality service.



Merryhill Successfully Transitions to ISO 9001:2015

Following an audit in early August, Merryhill Envirotec has successfully transitioned our quality management system over to the 2015 standard for ISO 9001.

During the same audit, we also successfully passed annual assessments for both ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 for environmental and health and safety respectively.

Merryhill are committed to upholding the best-possible standards. Our management systems ensure a robust and repeatable service for all asbestos removal projects.

All management system certificates are issued by Alcumus, a UKAS accredited provider. Merryhill has worked in partnership with Alcumus for a number of years and demonstrates Merryhill’s commitment to ensuring our customers receive the best quality service.

Trusting Your Asbestos Contractor

Trust your asbestos contractor

When dealing with asbestos, trust in your removal contractor or surveyor is of the upmost importance. When removal works have been completed, the expectation of the building occupier should be that the job has been done accurately, leaving no residual contamination.

When asked to carry out an additional asbestos survey on a military site earlier this year, Merryhill obliged, but the outcome for the customer was surprising. As part of a complete building refurbishment, the only remaining area that required a survey was a small boiler room and disused riser. When the on-site contractor asked if this would be possible, our surveying team visited the site and took the necessary samples to ensure no residual asbestos was going to remain once it was all sealed. Upon inspection, our surveyors noticed some board at the top of the riser, but was unable to reach it using a ladder. Upon asking if there was access from above, they were then escorted to a plant room within the roof space. The required samples were taken and subsequently tested positive as being AIB, containing Amosite fibres. What the surveyor found whilst in the plant room were a number of sections of pipe lagging debris which they also suspected to contain asbestos. Further samples were taken and they too tested positive.

The findings alarmed the building manager as removal works had already been carried out in the plant room and the necessary compliance testing passed. A further inspection of the plant room by the surveyor highlighted a number of other areas where asbestos had been left as debris. Admittedly, the plant room was an awkward environment in which to clean with lots of equipment and restricted ceiling heights, but working procedures should have taken this into account. When working in restricted areas, particular care should be taken to fully remove all residue, especially in corners, behind pipes and under equipment. Once removal works have been carried out, a visual inspection is then used to spot any remaining debris as act accordingly. It would appear in this case, a visual check had not been done thoroughly enough.

The building manager had lost all faith in the previous attempts to remove asbestos and began to question other services such as surveys which had been carried out by the same supplier. Merryhill were asked to re-survey other sections of the building as a result and discovered even more residual asbestos debris.

Delight and disappointment were felt simultaneously by the building owner who subsequently had to pay for additional removal works, on top of the extra surveys. Not only did this put the refurbishment works back, but also ate into contingency budgets.

The moral of this story highlights the trust put in both asbestos removal contractors and surveyors by facilities managers and building owners. Had the boiler room not been surveyed and questions asked of the suspect top panel, then potentially many trade’s people could have been exposed to the residual asbestos found in the plant room, ceiling voids and radiator elements.

Besides the potential for lawsuits, morally, the job of an asbestos surveyor is to provide trust. Trust in the findings so that those responsible for a building can take the appropriate action. If this trust is broken, or there are any doubts as to the validity of the survey then the consequences can be huge.

Merryhill Asbestos Testing & Consultancy is separate company to Merryhill Envirotec and is a fully UKAS accredited practice offering both asbestos management and refurbishment and demolition surveys.