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Acorn is proud of its Yorkshire roots

By Ian Stone | July 29, 2021
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Did you know that this Sunday is recognised in the UK as Yorkshire Day? The annual event originally began as a military holiday but today it has grown into a celebration for everyone to enjoy and is designed to encourage people to spend time in one of our most beautiful counties. Anyone who is familiar with Acorn Analytical Services will know that we have a thriving …

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Latest figures released for deaths from asbestos-related cancer

By Neil Munro | July 22, 2021
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This month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its Mesothelioma statistics for Great Britain, 2021 report. The report reveals the number of deaths attributed to the asbestos-related cancer during 2019 and makes for interesting reading. Mesothelioma has a strong association with exposure to asbestos and current evidence suggests around 85% of all male …

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Did you know asbestos is still reaching our shores?

By Ian Stone | July 15, 2021
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Asbestos does not occur naturally in the UK but it is estimated that during the second half of the 20th century around six million tonnes of raw asbestos fibre was imported to our shores. Asbestos was used heavily by our construction trade which is why it still remains in many of our buildings today. Indeed, …

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Construction firm fined £30,000 after exposing workers to asbestos

By Neil Munro | July 8, 2021
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Every year, thousands of people in the UK are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. Often people have developed these conditions after coming into contact with asbestos years earlier – in some cases decades earlier. Sadly, this doesn’t mean that people aren’t being exposed to asbestos today. It is estimated that there are around 1.5m buildings in …

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Awards and awareness

By Ian Stone | July 2, 2021
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This has been a really big week for us at Acorn Analytical Services – with award wins, award nominations and a nationwide event to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. We started the week on a high when we won the Silver Award in the Business Innovation category at the Northamptonshire SME Business Awards. …

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UK firm leads the world in diverting asbestos away from landfill

By Neil Munro | June 24, 2021
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It’s not often we get to say this, but we heard some genuinely uplifting news about asbestos a few weeks ago. A firm in Wolverhampton, called Thermal Recycling, has opened the world’s first plant for environmentally responsible asbestos disposal. The company uses a scientific process called denaturing to convert materials containing asbestos into a new …

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Men’s Health Week: Men account for nearly 85% of asbestos-related deaths in Great Britain

By Ian Stone | June 17, 2021
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If you’ve been on social media or picked up a newspaper during the past few days, you’ll have been hard pressed not to notice that it’s Men’s Health Week. Men’s Health Week raises awareness about the health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become more aware of health problems they …

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UKATA receives high commendation

By Neil Munro | June 10, 2021
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We were thrilled to hear a few days ago that the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has been highly commended in the Senior Leadership Engagement Award category at The Impact Awards, hosted by mental health charity, Mates in Mind. For anyone who is not familiar with the work of UKATA it is the UK’s largest …

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Is your school using the summer holidays to get to grips with asbestos?

By Ian Stone | June 3, 2021
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When you think of where asbestos might be lurking in the UK you might picture prefab houses or garages or possibly post-wartime office blocks and factories. The last place any of us would ever want to picture asbestos are the places where we send millions of our children every day – our schools. Is your …

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Are holidaymakers in danger of finding asbestos on beaches?

By Neil Munro | May 27, 2021
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We’re very lucky in the UK to have access to a wide variety of beautiful beaches but heartbreakingly sometimes these great natural resources hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. So are holidaymakers in danger of finding asbestos on beaches? Where was asbestos on beaches found? Earlier this week an investigation was launched in …

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