Tempted to save money with asbestos management? It could prove to be a costly mistake

Cutting corners with asbestos could be costly

WITH talk of a looming financial crisis everywhere at the moment you might be tempted to cut come corners in a bid to save yourself some money.

But when it comes to managing asbestos, or anything to do with health and safety, not doing things by the book also comes at a price.

Ian Stone, Director of Acorn Analytical Services explains more.

You can’t ignore asbestos management

If you are a landlord, or you own business premises, then you are what is known as a dutyholder.

A dutyholder is responsible for finding out if asbestos is present in a building and, if it is, making sure it is managed efficiently, and within the law.

Even though asbestos is no longer used in new buildings, it is still prevalent in older buildings such as offices, shops, factories and homes. According to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), each year 12,000 people die from lung disease linked to past exposure at work – a figure which also includes more than 2,500 deaths from mesothelioma, a cancer caused specifically by exposure to asbestos fibres.

Put simply, if your house or premises were built before 1999, you should check if they contain asbestos. Don’t ignore it.

What do I need to know about health and safety?

Health and safety rules govern many areas of our lives these days and they are often ridiculed as being too severe or out of date.

But the simple fact is health and safety rules are there to protect us and not following them can have devastating consequences.

Recently, the HSE reported that 142 workers were killed in 2020/21 and more than 400,000 people were injured. More than a third of those injuries were caused by slips, trips and falls. While it’s impossible to know the cause of each individual incident, it’s fair to presume that the vast majority of those cases could have been prevented.

The cost of not following the rules

As well as the obvious human cost of not following the rules, there is also a financial cost which can prove devastating, particularly for smaller businesses.

The total cost of fines issued by the HSE hit more than £26 million in 2020/21. The average fine was £145,000.

It’s vital that every business follows the rules around health and safety and gets support if they need to. The team at Acorn Analytical Services can help to ensure you are fully compliant and that yourself and your colleagues are safe.

How much does it cost?

Acorn Analytical Services has offices in Northampton, Cleckheaton, Wolverhampton and London and a team of experts who travel across the UK. We’re local, independent and we have decades of experience between us.

While every job is different, and costs do vary, we work with you to make sure the work we do fits within your timeframe and your budget.

We have experts dedicated to helping you with legionella testing, and fire risk assessments and a full range of health and safety services.

The lead time for many of our services is a week, but in many cases, we arrange appointments much sooner and sometimes within 24 hours.

We’re fully independent and ready to help in any way we can.

The team and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Acorn is a professional asbestos consultancy helping organisations deal with asbestos compliance using asbestos surveysasbestos air 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 and asbestos training, contact the team on 0844 818 0895 or Contact Us

Ian Stone

I am based out of our Northampton office but regularly travel to meet with new and existing clients. I have assisted thousands of clients over the years on varying-sized projects, several have been schemes totalling over one million pounds spent purely on asbestos. Together with Neil Munro, I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I am Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

Need Help? Request a Call Back

Request a call back from one of our expert Asbestos Consultants who will help you identify what you need

More Asbestos Articles

Asbestos awareness: Education is key

Asbestos awareness: ‘Educating the public is key’

WHEN it comes to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos, education and training are absolutely key. With so much advice out there, it can be difficult to know where to turn for information you can trust and training which is tailored to suit your individual needs. To mark national Day of Education, the team … Read more

Asbestos is a big problem on the high street

Asbestos on the high street continues to dominate the headlines

The headlines have once again been dominated this week by stories of high street premises which have been affected by asbestos. In November, Acorn Analytical Services shone a spotlight on the growing epidemic in towns and cities across the UK and urged companies and shop owners to put the safety of their staff and customers … Read more

Reducing asbestos in schools should be a clear priority

‘Reducing asbestos in schools should be our first priority’

FOR many years the team at Acorn Analytical Services has been calling for full asbestos risk assessments to be carried out in schools right across the UK. With many schools having been built during the post-war period when the use of asbestos was at its highest, we fear that many school buildings still contain the … Read more

Asbestos: Rates of mesothelioma continue to soar in women

Asbestos: Number of women affected by mesothelioma continues to soar

MORE women than ever are being affected by exposure to asbestos according to statistics published by Cancer Research UK. Between 2016 and 2018 rates of mesothelioma – the cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres -soared by 93% in women. Among those affected is 78-year-old Susan Ellis who recently shared her story with the Daily … Read more

Dan Crask and David Kelsey represent asbestos management consultancy, Acorn, at the NBCAs

Acorn Analytical Services – leading the way in the fight against asbestos epidemic

IT has been a busy year for the team at Acorn Analytical Services as we continue to work with new clients, grow our team and cement our place as one of the leading asbestos management companies in the UK. As we approach the end of the year, we thought we would take a moment to … Read more

Education is key to understanding asbestos

Understanding asbestos: Why educating your team is key

THE devastating effects of asbestos have been highlighted this week after a pensioner from Northamptonshire won compensation from a former employer after developing an asbestos-related illness. Patrick Collier, a former painter and decorator, received compensation in the Royal Courts of Justice after developing pleural thickening. His illness meant that he had to give up work … Read more

Remembering those who have died from asbestos exposure at work

One death from exposure to asbestos is one too many – it’s time for change

EACH year on December 12, the team at Acorn Analytical Services takes a moment to remember the lives lost in workplaces up and down the UK, either through injury or exposure to asbestos. By pausing to remember those who have died from workplace accidents, or from diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, National Workplace … Read more

The UK is sitting on an asbestos timebomb

Asbestos Knowledge Empire: ‘UK is sitting on an asbestos timebomb’

RAISING awareness of the hidden dangers of asbestos is a key part of the work we do at Acorn Analytical Services. After more than 20 years in the asbestos industry, and having met people who have been directly affected by mesothelioma – the cancer caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos – it is something I … Read more

England star Stuart Pearce has helped to raise awareness of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma: How an England footballer is bringing home the dangers of this hidden killer

THIS afternoon, England’s Three Lions made a winning start to their World Cup campaign beating Iran in their first match in Qatar. But one footballing legend fears he could be in danger of developing mesothelioma after starting his career as an electrician in the 1980s. While former England legend Stuart Pearce is now undoubtedly best … Read more

Viviana, one of the newest members of Acorn's team

Team talk: Meet Viviana one of the talented new recruits at Acorn Analytical Services

WITH the UK in the grip of an asbestos epidemic, recruiting talented, experienced staff to join the award-winning team of experts at Acorn Analytical Services has never been more important. Despite being banned in new buildings more than 20 years ago, asbestos remains a huge problem for many businesses and, as a result, demand for … Read more