In a year when health and safety has been at the top of everyone’s agenda, a firm from Northamptonshire has received a top national award for its commitment to making workplaces safer.
Acorn Analytical Services has won the coveted Asbestos Consultancy Award at the Tomorrow’s Health and Safety Awards 2021, which are known for attracting an exceptionally high standard of entries.
The prestigious awards are in their seventh year and are organised by leading trade publication Tomorrow’s Health and Safety magazine, to reward UK companies that are committed to raising occupational health, safety and wellbeing standards with their products and services.
Acorn’s innovative approach to asbestos has seen it achieve many industry firsts. Its award-winning team authored a best-selling book called Asbestos The Dark Arts and it broadcasts regular informative podcasts on the subject.
It has also created the UK’s only fully documented and systemised asbestos management process, known as The Acorn Asbestos Antidote. The antidote takes clients from non-compliance to full compliance with the Government’s rules, regulations and laws relating to asbestos. The firm created the step-by-step process to reassure company bosses that all their asbestos issues are being taken care of so they can get on with the day-to-day running of their businesses.
In April, Acorn Analytical Services spearheaded a campaign, entitled ‘What does asbestos mean to me?’ to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos in everyday life. The campaign was embraced by other asbestos action groups and people living with mesothelioma and their stories were told in videos, blogs and media coverage, reaching tens of thousands of people.
And in March, the company launched a free Asbestos Review Surgery, offering firms a 30-minute video call with asbestos expert Ian Stone to encourage businesses to not be fearful about asking for help and advice when it comes to asbestos or worry about how much that initial advice is going to cost them.
Acorn Analytical Services director Neil Munro said: “These awards celebrate the most innovative services and products in our industry so to have won the Asbestos Consultancy Award is an incredible achievement for our team.
“Sadly, thousands of people in the UK continue to die as a result of being exposed to asbestos every year. In fact, around 90,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases around the globe, including 5,000 in the UK. Although asbestos use was banned in the UK in 1999, around 1.5 million properties in the country still contain asbestos.
“So, we are passionate about educating the public about the dangers of asbestos, protecting people from harm and ensuring companies don’t fall foul of asbestos law and face crippling fines.
“We manage every asbestos project we work on efficiently and professionally and make sure they are delivered on time and on budget. We are dedicated to futureproofing businesses with innovative asbestos management which is compliant with the most extensive of regulations.”
For further information about Acorn Analytical Services visit www.acorn-as.com