Franklyn Shaw Associates

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Franklyn Shaw Associates's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Franklyn Shaw Associates is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Entrance to enclosure, National
Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Boiler room, Millbank
Tower, London
Franklyn Shaw Associates is a family-run business, with over
50 years of combined experience in the asbestos removal
and construction sector. Founded in 2010, it now employs
19 members of staff that are trained in the Control of Asbestos
Regulations, leading to the organisation winning the Excellence
in Audit Award in consecutive years. Managing Director Steve
Brittain has a clear eye on the future and discusses how the
business will look to progress during its tenth year.
Since our foundation, we have enjoyed continual growth and improvement.
A core element of our business is our asbestos licence, which is granted by
the Health and Safety Executive. Starting with an HSE-recommended one-year
licence, we managed to secure a three-year licence at our renewal interview a
year later. This success was the result of our management ensuring that all of our
systems work to the expected and required level of efficiency, staff are trained
to the highest levels and that all our statutory obligations under the Control
of Asbestos Regulations
are met. This work has been vindicated, because we
managed to obtain two more three-year licence terms, the most recent being in
Audits are carried out both internally and externally and act as a key performance
indicator when quantifying the levels of efficiency at which the systems we have
in place are working. We have attained 100 per cent in our last two audits by the
external trade association Asbestos Control and Abatement Division and won the
Excellence in Audit Award for the last two years as a result.
»Managing Director:
»Operations Manager:
»Founded in 2010
»Based in Stanstead Abbotts
»Services: Asbestos removal
and reinstatement, surveying,
sampling and management
»No. of employees: 19
Franklyn Shaw
Highlighting best practice
At Franklyn Shaw, we deal with all
aspects of asbestos removal and
control on a daily basis. We are the
preferred licensed asbestos remover
for a number of local authorities,
making their domestic and commercial
property stock safer and more
sustainable. We carry out works of
varying scale and complexity, from
removing an asbestos-containing toilet
cistern in a council property to full-
scale decontamination of 100 square
metres of basement rooms under the
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. We
provide help and advice to customers
in various sectors, create compliant
asbestos management plans for
schools and housing associations and
give assistance with regard tosurveys.
Today, all our staff are directly
employed. In the past we have used
agency staff, but in 2017 we took the
decision to stabilise and streamline our
workload, which in turn has enabled
us to employ two full-time operatives
who have since made a large impact.
With our staff directly employed,
we have far greater control over the
training and assistance we provide,
and this ensures our clients receive the
service we endeavour to deliver. We
also prefer internal promotion when a
vacancy arises, as opposed to external
recruitment. For example, an operative
joined the company six years ago
with no prior experience within the
asbestos industry, but through training
and application, he has worked his
way up to supervisor and is now a
Remaining compliant
One of the central challenges for
organisations in the construction
industry is ensuring the health and
safety of employees. We understand
the significance a full and proper
management system has in assuring
health and safety and we have always
been vigilant in its implementation.
We are accredited by a number of
bodies who are members of the SSIP
forum, but we felt they did not go
into great enough detail in terms of
our health and safety procedures,
mainly focusing on the core criteria to
Live enclosure works,
National Gallery,
Trafalgar Square
This work has
been vindicated,
because we
managed to
obtain two
more three-year
licence terms,
the most recent
being in
comply with basic health and safety
law. While this is of course beneficial,
we were looking for validation of the
whole management system to provide
us with the assurance that we not only
meet but will also continue to meet
and exceed legal requirements.
Alongside our Operations Manager
Daniel Brittain, we looked at further
opportunities for a full compliance
review. In June 2016, we decided
to review our health and safety
management systems against BS
OHSAS 18001:2007, as this seemed to
be one of the most in-depth reviews
that can be carried out. We instructed
a UKAS-accredited company to
undertake our review. The selection
was made mainly because of the
frequency of proposed audits, every six
months instead of annually, as we felt
this would benefit us more, regardless
of the cost. In September 2016,
we undertook the mandatory stage
one audit, and in December 2016
had our stage two audit and were
accredited to the 18001 standard,
along with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO
14001:2015. Gaining the accreditation
in just six months demonstrates the
robust systems we already have in
place, although we have also had the
opportunity to improve.
Raising standards
In the future, we will look towards
continuing to improve and enhance
our industry by carrying out
high-quality works alongside the
implementation of our high-standard
procedures to exceed health and safety
requirements and expectations. We
also aim to continue to bring to life the
sense of customer focus that we have
been building on since the company
was founded.
This attitude has brought, and will
continue to bring, to life professional
and structured works carried out,
ensuring that the highest standards of
health and safety will always be met
and high levels of customer satisfaction
are guaranteed, regardless of the size
of the job. We are hoping to continue
to raise awareness of the dangers of
asbestos exposure, supported by those
within our industry and others who are
impacted by asbestos.
We have
attained 100
per cent in our
last two audits
by the external
Control and
Division and
won the
Excellence in
Audit Award
for the last
two years as a
Steve and Daniel Brittain

This article was sponsored by Franklyn Shaw Associates. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster