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Asbestos & CLASP Buildings

By Neil Munro | June 23, 2015

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 …

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Acorn Launch New Asbestos Testing Laboratory

By Neil Munro | May 12, 2015

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 …

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Asbestos Excluded From Schools Surveys

By Neil Munro | March 10, 2015

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 …

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Should you be concerned about asbestos?

By Neil Munro | July 9, 2014

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 …

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Increase in Mesothelioma deaths

By Neil Munro | July 3, 2014

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 mesothelium, …

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Asbestos Compliance in Schools

By Neil Munro | June 24, 2014

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 …

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Asbestos Survey Reports

By Neil Munro | June 16, 2014

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 …

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Which Asbestos Survey Do I Need?

By Neil Munro | June 10, 2014

Which Asbestos Survey Do I Need? In this article we will try answer that question. Asbestos, once lauded for its heat resistance, insulating abilities, tensile strength and usefulness, asbestos is now a shunned material due to its very high toxicity. As a result of increasing cases of asbestos related illnesses in the UK, asbestos bans were …

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Asbestos in Schools and Colleges

By Neil Munro | May 27, 2014

Asbestos in schools and colleges remains a current and relevant problem. Did you know that out of the 20,400 primary schools and 3,400 secondary schools in the UK, 13,000 were built between 1945 and 1974. These years were significant as they were the boom years for the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials in buildings. In addition …

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Asbestos awareness training – 3 reasons why you need it!

By Neil Munro | April 24, 2014

Asbestos awareness training – When you hear those words what immediately springs to mind? Important or not? Do you need it or not? Well here’s 3 reasons to help you decide why you need asbestos awareness training . Reason 1 – Asbestos awareness training could save your life! Did you know that asbestos is the UKs biggest …

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