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The Potential Lethality of Asbestos

By Neil Munro | August 19, 2015
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The Potential Lethality of Asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that has a rich history in the UK. It was used regularly in buildings between the 1950s and the late 1990s. Asbestos that is well maintained, not disturbed or damaged is much less of a risk to health. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that … Read more

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What you need to know about Asbestos & CLASP Buildings

By Neil Munro | June 23, 2015
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Are you aware of the risk relating to Asbestos & CLASP Buildings? CLASP (which stands for Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme) system was a scheme developed in the 1950s through to the 1980s, by English local authorities to devise a method of designing and assembling prefabricated buildings for use in the public sector. CLASP … Read more

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Acorn Launch New Asbestos Testing Laboratory

By Neil Munro | May 12, 2015
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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 … Read more

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Asbestos Excluded From Schools Surveys

By Neil Munro | March 10, 2015
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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 … Read more

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Should you be concerned about asbestos?

By Neil Munro | July 9, 2014
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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 … Read more

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Increase in Mesothelioma deaths

By Neil Munro | July 3, 2014
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The Health and Safety Executive has just published the mesothelioma statistics for 2012.  These are the latest figures relating to this disease. The numbers have significantly increased from the previous published figures, showing an increase in Mesothelioma deaths.   Mesothelioma used to be a relatively rare cancer. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the … Read more

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Asbestos Compliance in Schools

By Neil Munro | June 24, 2014
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Asbestos Compliance In Schools – HSE have released their latest findings This latest asbestos project undertaken by the HSE was a programme aimed at assessing asbestos compliance in schools.  The assessment was questionnaire based and was specifically designed to collect information regarding compliance with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The schools assessed were independent or … Read more

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Asbestos Survey Reports

By Neil Munro | June 16, 2014
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Do you know what should be in an asbestos survey report? In this article I will outline what information should be provided if the survey has been carried out in line with the HSE guidance document HSG 264. Whilst it is not a legal requirement to have an asbestos survey carried out, it is a … Read more

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Which Asbestos Survey Do I Need?

By Neil Munro | June 10, 2014
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Navigating the complexities of asbestos management is a critical responsibility for property managers. From identifying the right asbestos survey to selecting a proficient surveyor, our guide provides a comprehensive roadmap. Learn about the three primary types of asbestos surveys – management, refurbishment, and demolition – and understand how to respond effectively if you suspect the presence of asbestos in your building. Partner with experts like Acorn Analytical Services to ensure safety and compliance at every step.

The “Invisible” Threat: A Look at Asbestos in Schools and Colleges

By Neil Munro | May 27, 2014
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Asbestos in schools and Colleges – Are you aware of the unseen, deadly materials that could be lurking in your children’s schools and colleges? If you’re thinking about old textbooks or dated curricula, think again. This issue is far more concerning, and it’s about a material named – asbestos. In this article, we talk about … Read more

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