Asbestos training: Acorn Analytical Services launches free session to build knowledge among architects

Asbestos training

ASBESTOS has once again dominated the headlines this week reaffirming our worst fears that the UK is in the grip of an asbestos epidemic.

Many older buildings, including factories, schools and hospitals, contain this dangerous material which over time is starting to degrade.

It’s a ticking timebomb and, as one of the UK’s leading consultancies, we see it as our duty to do everything we can to raise awareness of the devastating effects of asbestos and the steps we must all take now to avoid an emergency.

Education and training are a critical part of this process, and Acorn Analytical Services is very proud to be able to offer a free course aimed at architects to help them build on their knowledge.

What is Acorn Analytical Services offering?

The hour-long course, which is completely free, will cover everything there is to know about asbestos including:

  • Asbestos products and uses
  • Survey types and what to expect
  • Survey process and annual requirements
  • Surveyor competence what to check
  • Contractor competence and what to check
  • Survey report expectations
  • Main regulation points
  • A Q&A session

The sessions can be carried out in the comfort of your own office avoiding the need for yourself, or your team to travel, and they will be led by our friendly team of experts who are all fully-trained and UKAS-accredited. Everyone who attends will receive a certificate and a copy of the course.

There are no hidden costs and no catch.

Why now?

More than 20 years after asbestos was banned in new buildings in the UK, it is still a problem.

It often lies hidden away in older buildings for many years, but can very quickly become a serious risk to health if it is accidently damaged or fractured as part of everyday wear and tear.

Asbestos is made up millions of natural fibres which can cause cancers including mesothelioma if they are released into the air and breathed in by people nearby. Any building built before 2000 could contain this hazardous material, the only way to know for sure is by carrying out a full survey before carrying out any building work or repairs.

We recommend that businesses put asbestos right at the very top of their agenda. If it is found in a survey, a management plan needs to be put in place urgently to ensure it is monitored regularly.

Failure to do so could prove to be a costly mistake, both in terms of your business and its activity, but also by compromising the health and safety of those around you.

The Acorn Way

At Acorn, we’ve dedicated much of our working lives to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos as well as supporting our clients from across the public and private sector with practical ways of ensuring it is managed safely.

We’re one of the last independently run consultancies in the UK and we pride ourselves on providing information which is completely impartial.

We offer UKAS-accredited training courses, to educate businesses and their staff about the potential dangers and have created a wide range of information including our best-selling book, Asbestos: The Dark Arts and our podcast Asbestos Knowledge Empire for anyone who is keen to learn more.

To arrange one of our free courses, get in touch today by calling 01604 648928 or via email at

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

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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