FEATURE Acorn Analytical Services

Asbestos firm wins major education contract

A Northamptonshire team of asbestos experts has secured a major new contract which enables them to tender for projects with thousands of UK universities, colleges and schools. Acorn Analytical Services has been given access

to the network of educational establishments by not-for-profit national purchasing consortium, Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC), after meeting its stringent awards criteria. T e CPC is owned and run by the education

sector and currently has more than 7,000 educational establishments in its membership. Acorn Analytical Services director Neil Munro said: “As a market leader in the innovation of

Neil Munroe, Paul Knights and Ian Stone Acorn Analytical Service Directors

eff ective and effi cient asbestos management, our team works with countless educational establishments, businesses, local authorities, hospitals and individuals to make sure their premises are free from the health risks of asbestos. “To get this endorsement from the CPC is fantastic recognition for

our outstanding team and we’re confi dent it will lead to us building more fruitful relationships with schools, colleges and universities across the country. “We are really looking forward to working with the CPC and its

members over the next fi ve years.” Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK

from the 1950s until it was banned in 1999. It was used for a variety of purposes, including fi reproofi ng and insulation and any building built before 2000, including houses, factories, offi ces, schools and hospitals, can contain asbestos. Indeed, experts estimate as many as 1.5 million UK properties still contain the ‘hidden killer’. As a result of its widespread use, the sad truth is even now around

5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related cancers in this country. T e latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

revealed in 2018 there were 2,446 deaths from mesothelioma – a cancer that develops in the lining covering the outer surface of some of the body’s organs which is usually linked to asbestos exposure. T ere were a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past exposures to asbestos and 503 deaths were connected to asbestosis – a lung disease that develops due to inhalation of asbestos. Whilst there are treatments to manage mesothelioma and asbestosis there is no known cure for either disease. Mesothelioma cases are often rapidly fatal following the onset of symptoms, while asbestosis may progress over time to seriously aff ect normal daily activity and lead to complications which can be fatal. Due to the potentially fatal consequences

associated with mismanaging asbestos, anyone who owns a building containing asbestos has a legal responsibility to ensure it is eff ectively managed to protect anyone who may come into contact with it. To show businesses and individuals why it is

so important to manage their asbestos eff ectively, Acorn regularly releases informative podcasts and blogs and has produced a number one best-selling book called Asbestos T e Dark Arts. It also off ers a comprehensive suite of asbestos

consultancy services from asbestos air testing and asbestos surveys to removal management, and UKATA accredited training and has created a step- by-step guide to help organisations become fully compliant with the law called the Acorn Asbestos Antidote.

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