‘Asbestos awareness is crucial for everyone involved in the construction industry’

Construction workers are at a much greater risk of being exposed to the dangers of asbestos

IF you work in the construction industry chances are you will come into contact with asbestos – perhaps without even realising it.

With hundreds of thousands of buildings in the UK still believed to contain this highly dangerous material, even something as simple as drilling a hole could leave you vulnerable to exposure, and at a greater risk of developing deadly mesothelioma.

Greater awareness among all the trades is critical and at Acorn Analytical Services we have all the knowledge you need to protect yourself – and those around you – from this hidden killer.

Asbestos: Awareness is key

Hands up if you thought asbestos was a thing of the past? A material from a bygone era, banned in 1999 and no longer a problem?

Sadly, you’re wrong – but you’re certainly not alone.

While asbestos – and the associated risks – are rarely talked about, it is still a major problem in the UK, particularly among those in the construction industry whose work could put them into contact with asbestos every day.

Education and awareness is key, particularly among younger people, many of whom were born after the use of asbestos in new buildings was finally banned in the UK in 1999.

At Acorn Analytical Services, we’ve designed a number of bitesize courses to ensure professionals in the construction industry can be alert to asbestos, know what to look for and the steps to take if it is found.

Accredited by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), our sessions are fast-paced and fun, and will equip you with everything you need to stay on top of asbestos.

All our trainers have more than 10 years’ experience in the industry and are perfectly placed to guide you through the dos and don’ts.

Your perfect on-site partner

When it comes to working on site, asbestos should be your priority before starting any work.

At Acorn, we call it ABC – Asbestos Before Construction – a handy way to make sure that checking for its presence always comes first and before any work takes place.

To make sure that work is carried out safely, you’ll need to call in the experts.

Our consultants work with our partners in the construction industry every day, making sure workers are kept safe and secure.

We’ll work alongside you and your team on any construction site, turning around samples quickly and efficiently to ensure you get the answers you need – fast.

If it is found, we’ll give you the advice and support you need, which includes the use of air testing to check levels before, during and after any work is carried out.

With offices in Northampton, Cleckheaton, Wolverhampton and London our consultants can travel to any site around the UK giving you all the reassurance you need.

Support whenever you need it

Raising awareness of the dangers is something we take extremely seriously and we want to spread the word as much as possible.

If you’re new to the construction industry, you’ll find our range our range of information resources – which includes printed titles, a podcast and videos – really useful and a great place to start.

For more information about our best-selling book Asbestos: The Dark Arts and our podcast Asbestos Knowledge Empire – which features essential information for contractors and important, topical advice, visit our website at www.acorn-as.com

Acorn is a professional consultancy helping organisations deal with compliance using surveysair testing, and asbestos 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 asbestos 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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