Peugeot – Ryton Plant

Car Manufacturing Plant

Scope of Works:  Decontamination of Roof Support Steelwork to facilitate re-roofing works.

Contract Value: £1.5m

Programme Duration: Phased to facilitate other trades

Asbestos contamination of differing forms and types were detected on the steel roof trusses following an asbestos survey.  Following extensive talks and negotiations with the roofing contractor and Peugeot, ICS were awarded the contract to decontaminate.

Due to the structure and size of the building, it was necessary to devise a plan which encompassed the health and safety of all concerned but which was also practical to execute.  We submitted our ‘Plan Of Works’ to the relevant enforcing authority for consideration and on agreement commenced works.

The factory remained operational during the decontamination works, in order to prevent disruption to productivity ICS were required to work weekends and nights leaving the area safe for re-occupation by workers the following day.

During normal asbestos removal activities a polythene enclosure is erected and placed under negative pressure to avoid the spread of contamination however due to the complex nature of this contract is was deemed impractical.  Control zones incorporating buffers were introduced and identified using barrier tape and warning signs at ground level.  All items below the works were protected with polythene sheeting.

Suitably qualified ICS operatives worked off mobile elevated platforms at high level, painstakingly degreasing and decontaminating the trusses with the aid of high efficiency ‘H type’ filtration vacuum cleaners and Local Exhaust Ventilation systems.

We employed the services of an independent UKAS accredited laboratory which provided constant personal, ambient and visual monitoring in order to ensure airborne fibre levels did not exceed the legal limit prior to, during or on completion of our works, ensuring all parties remained free from exposure.  Certificates were left on site at the end of each of our shifts so that returning workers knew they were safe-guarded during their daily duties.

ICS were chosen for this contract because the client was confident that we could deliver on price, specification, health and safety and time – we were happy to prove them right.  Our extensive experience of asbestos removal within occupied industrial premises includes Alstom Power, Land Rover, Coventry Transport Museum, Ford, Signet, Corus Steelworks and Cape Breweries to name but a few.