Asbestos – silent killer dominating national headlines once again

Asbestos is dominating the headlines once again

ASBESTOS has once again dominated the headlines this weekend with The Sunday Times focussing on the stories of real people who have been affected by this hidden killer.

Research shows there could be as much as six million tonnes of asbestos contained within 1.5 million buildings in the UK – including 90% of hospitals and 80% of schools.

What’s more shocking is that many people could be living and working in these premises without even realising it’s there.

So, what steps should you be taking to ensure your buildings are safe? The team at Acorn Analytical Services explains more.

Asbestos: Understanding the risks

According to Mesothelioma UK, a national charity which supports people living with and affected mesothelioma – 2,700 people are diagnosed with the disease every year.

The disease is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibres and can affect anyone of any age, at any time.

There are no effective treatments, or a cure, and survival rates among those affected remain extremely low.

The biggest issue facing the UK is a lack of awareness when it comes to asbestos, with many people thinking it is a long-forgotten problem. This can lead to it being damaged or disturbed accidently without the correct health and safety procedures being followed. 

At Acorn Analytical Services we are committed to raising awareness to ensure that people are protected and as safe as possible.

The steps you should take – today

If you have never carried had an survey carried out, arranging one could be the most important decision you ever make.

This is particularly important if your building was built before 1999 when the use of asbestos in new buildings was banned in the UK, or if you are about to start work of any kind.

Carried out by highly-trained consultants, a survey will check for the presence of asbestos in your building giving you the answers you need quickly.

There are three main types:

Our consultants will carry out the survey which best suits your individual circumstances providing professional guidance throughout.

If asbestos is found, we’ll advice you on the steps you need to take next.

Make sure you’re informed

Our friendly team of consultants are always here to answer questions you may have about the work we do.

But if you prefer to do your own research we have a wealth of resources to make things even easier, in print, online and through our podcast, Asbestos Knowledge Empire, hosted by Acorn Analytical Services’ directors Ian Stone and Neil Munro.

Our book, Asbestos: The Dark Arts is a best-seller, giving you simple advice about what it is, why it is so dangerous, and what to do to ensure you stay within the latest regulations.

We also organise regular training sessions for anyone involved in the construction industry, or whose role puts them at greater risk of coming into contact with asbestos.

These fun, informative sessions, carried out by our team of professional asbestos consultants all of whom have more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, will help you to stay alert to any dangers, give you the dos and don’ts and recognise when to call in the experts.

You’ll also find a wealth of information on our website which is available at

Acorn is a professional consultancy helping organisations deal with compliance using surveysair testing, and removal management. 

Please call one of the team, or use the online form to obtain your free quotation. If you would like further information or advice on training, contact the team on 0844 818 0895 or Contact Us

Neil Munro

I work in a dual role at Acorn Analytical Services focused primarily on growing and leading the business from our Northampton office base. My focus is on overseeing all sales, marketing and financial activities from Northampton. I assist clients with high-level asbestos management strategies and training. Together with Ian Stone I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I'm Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

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