Asbestos Causing Delays

Asbestos causing delays once again. The A21 is a busy road linking Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and south east London. Works are currently being carried out on a 2.5 mile stretch to widen the road and improve routes to the coast. Bottlenecks were a regular occurrence close to Pembury and campaigners worked for years to get the scheme approved. The work …

Asbestos Priority Risk Assessment

Recognising the potential dangers of asbestos, leads owners to responsibly address any potential concerns about the building products used in the construction of their properties. Regulation 4 Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises (CAR2012) requires dutyholders to ensure that “the risk of anyone being exposed to these materials is assessed”. This type of risk assessment is often referred to as a …

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Unusual Uses of Asbestos

Although widely acknowledged as a hazardous building material, there has been a multitude of unusual uses of asbestos throughout its history. Some may have practical foundations, whereas others seem more sublime. This article explores the variety of uses of asbestos throughout the centuries. Beauty Asbestos has previously been used in several health and beauty products for a variety of reasons. …

The Potential Lethality of Asbestos

The Potential Lethality of Asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that has a rich history in the UK and was used regularly in building between the 1950s and the late 1990s. Asbestos that is well maintained or not disturbed or damaged is much less of a risk to health. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that asbestos still kills around …

A Brief History of Asbestos and It’s Use

The history of asbestos is quite complex and some might say has indeed been concealed over the years. Although many people now associate asbestos use with high-risk safety concerns, the material has been used since prehistoric times. Favoured for its fire retardant abilities, asbestos became a staple material of Industrial Age. In more recent years, asbestos has been avoided, removed and …

Acorn Launch New Asbestos Testing Laboratory

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new asbestos sample testing laboratory. With an extension to scope on our UKAS accreditation we now have a fully operational asbestos laboratory in Northampton (See our location). The purpose fitted laboratory has two asbestos bulk analysis stations with room for two further stations in the future. Our UKAS accreditation accredits us for …

Asbestos Excluded From Schools Surveys

The Education Funding Agency has recent published the result of the Property Data Survey Programme. A schools survey programme where asbestos was excluded from the information collected. This schools survey programme consisted of a series of high-level surveys of educational establishments in England. The schools surveys were to provide detailed information on the condition of the school estate. The initial purpose …

Should you be concerned about asbestos?

Blunt question – Should you bother with asbestos or be concerned about asbestos? Asbestos is an emotive word, it brings some people out in cold sweats and other say it’s all a load of fuss about nothing.  Regardless of your current opinion let’s look at whether you should deal with any asbestos issues you may have. Are you responsible for …