Bridgend Bridge




1. During a routine asbestos survey on the 8th June 2018 of Bridgend Town Council’s building (Carnegie House) on Wyndham Street, Bridgend, asbestos debris was identified in a concealed corner of the building’s basement.

2. Following the discovery of the debris, Bridgend Town Council immediately took all reasonable measures to prevent exposure to asbestos within the affected areas, which included:

  • Informing Bridgend Town Council staff of the discovery;
  • Closing and sealing off the basement area to all staff and members of the public;
  • Restricting access to the ground floor hall pending reassurance air monitoring (as an extra precaution);
  • Informing the Health and Safety Executive (HSE);
  • Seeking advice from expert consultants and licenced contractors.

3. Reassurance air monitoring undertaken throughout all areas of the building showed no fibres to be present above any control levels.  Furthermore the dust samples taken from neighbouring areas also showed no asbestos fibres to be present.  These results indicate that there has been little or no spread of asbestos fibres to other parts of the building.

4. Following independent confirmation of the results, the advice was taken to re-open the ground floor hall to council staff and members of the public.

5. Despite the reassuring air monitoring undertaken throughout the building, the physical presence of asbestos debris in the basement warrants a removal operation to be undertaken.  This operation will be completed by an HSE licenced contractor, under fully controlled conditions.  An environmental clean-up will be completed and independent air clearance certification obtained prior to re-occupation of the basement areas.  This work is currently out to tender and will be undertaken in due course.

6. Bridgend Town Council is currently undertaking an investigation into who was responsible for the asbestos debris being discarded in the basement and the manner in which the debris was created.  This will hopefully provide us with a greater understanding of the level of asbestos fibre release that occurred at the time.

About Asbestos and Asbestos Exposure 

  1. Asbestos was a widely used material within commercial buildings, homes and machinery until 1999, when all forms were banned. This means that asbestos is common in the general environment.

  2. The majority of the current fatal cases from asbestos exposure are associated with very high exposures from past industrial processes and installation of asbestos products.

  3. People who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos are understandably anxious and concerned about the possible effects on their health.  Many cases of inadvertent, short-term exposure to asbestos will most likely have led to only minimal exposure to fibres, with little likelihood of any long-term ill health effects.

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