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Asbestos Knowledge Empire
34 minutes | 5 days ago
Deciding if asbestos works are licensable?
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss how to decide if asbestos works are licensable? What criteria determines if certain works require the use of a licensed asbestos contractor. Get help with asbestos - https://www.acorn-as.com/
8 minutes | 12 days ago
US Asbestos imports increase in 2020
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss the worrying increase of asbestos imports into the US and what that could mean to the UK. Get help with asbestos - https://www.acorn-as.com
8 minutes | 19 days ago
Book your FREE asbestos review surgery
In this episode Neil and Ian launch Acorn Analytical Service free to use asbestos review surgery. If you're not sure or think there may be gaps in your asbestos management and compliance, then book your FREE asbestos review surgery with our asbestos expert Ian Stone. This is a free 30-minute video call where you get the opportunity to discuss and diagnose your current asbestos compliance status. https://calendly.com/ian-stone/asbestos-review-surgery
10 minutes | a month ago
Returning to work, post covid
In this episode Neil and Ian highlight the importance of thinking about asbestos as we all look at returning to our places of work.
8 minutes | a month ago
4 Questions to check the asbestos safety of you or your children!
In this episode Neil and Ian are providing you with the 4 essential questions you should use to check if your workplace, school or any non-domestic property is asbestos safe. The purpose of this is to help raise awareness of asbestos and effective asbestos management and to give non industry related people the knowledge to start raising this issue in their community. The following should be in place in any non-domestic property. This could be a school where your children go, an office or warehouse where you work or even your place of worship. 1. Do you have an asbestos management plan and if so, please provide a copy? All non-domestic premises built before the year 2000 must have an asbestos management plan. 2. Has asbestos been identified at your site? Please provide up to date records. Asbestos that’s identified is usually detailed in an asbestos register. 3. Are all asbestos containing materials in a good condition? Please provide evidence. Asbestos in a good condition means that it is being managed properly. 4. Has the risk of people being exposed to asbestos been assessed? Please provide a copy of these assessments. This usually comes in the form of a priority risk assessment. These assessments look at the risk of people being exposed to asbestos and not just the asbestos material itself.
17 minutes | a month ago
Pupil kicking a hole in a wall sparks school asbestos fear!
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss the recent news of a pupil kicking a hole in a wall which was found to contain asbestos. In 2021 how can this be a sudden accident?
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Interview with Mavis Nye and Paul Cook: ActionMeso - Raising awareness and eradicating asbestos and asbestos-related disease
In this episode, Neil and Ian are joined by Mavis Nye and Paul Cook representing ActionMeso. #ActionMeso is a campaign that brings together the diverse mesothelioma community with a single voice. It is the first time that so many patient support groups and charities have joined forces to raise awareness of mesothelioma. Their aim is also to get the rest of the mesothelioma community on board including patients, carers, healthcare & legal professionals together with the asbestos removal firms and the construction industry. Paul Cook - Bio "In 2017, I was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. At that time I was running a business, was fairly active nut then got pneumonia and my lung collapsed. I was then informed that I had terminal cancer. During various treatments including chemotherapy, surgery to remove the lining of my lung and radiotherapy I decided that, if I made it through, I would start a charity dedicated to find raising funds for research into a cure or at least maintenance of this terrible illness. Since starting Erase Meso along with my wife, Jill and the other Trustees we have come into contact with some amazing people including mesowarriors, carers, supporters or people within the medical profession. We believe we can make a real difference as mesothelioma research is dreadfully underfunded. My best moment so far was cycling over 900 miles across the UK last year. The support was incredible and so many people helped me get there. In 2020, I am excited that we will be making our first grant which will be the start of many!" https://www.erasemeso.org/ Mavis Nye - Bio “My journey with Mesothelioma began as so many Patients find with the day I couldn’t breathe. I was rushed to A&E and they had found a bed for me,where they drained 7ltrs of fluid. So my lung had collapsed, and my diaphragm had bent. They found Mesothelioma cells when testing the fluid. And I was given a 3 months Prodgnosis. After going to Guys hospital, where I had a pleurodesis, I came home with a drain. The Bi-op that had been carried out at the same time confirmed the Diagnosis. 4 Years of Chemotherapy then followed with shrinkage then regrowth 4 times within those years. I became too toxic and I was told there was no more treatment. I had already made it known I was interested in any trial and Immunotherapy was just being investigated. MSD had this trial at the Royal Marsden and I was referred there on my request as Dean Fennel thought it would suit me. Prof De Bono agreed, and I was one of 3 patients to start MK3475-28. I had complete response. It was only because I had Sepsis right at the end of the 2 year trial that I didn’t get that result included in the final figures in time so I'm under the heading of ongoing. That was disappointing. I had 2 years freedom but then last March new growth showed. The old Meso was still in remission though. The new growth was bi-oped and it was found it was full of PDL1 whereas I only had 1% before. I became the first patients in the world to re-challenge the drug. Within 4 infusions it shrunk 14% and then stopped. It is growing again very slowly, not enough to bi-op yet. The Royal Marsden have matched my DNA to a drug that they can use to boost Pembro and maybe kick it in to work again. That is in the future. I keep busy raising awareness of Asbestos and the dangers to Health and Safety today as the tradesmen work where the asbestos is hiding and the awareness of how important it is to use the right mask and to have Face/Fit training. Also the Awareness of Mesothelioma and how we need to talk to each other. I run the Social Media as well as My Charity The Mavis Nye Foundation.” https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/
22 minutes | 2 months ago
What should contractors do when attending site?
In this episode Neil and Ian deep dive into looking at what contractors should do when attending sites. They cover what should happen with planned works as well as reactive works. Contractors should be assessing all risks including asbestos. How can you help preventing people being exposed to asbestos when instructing contractors to carry out works on your site?
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Reviewing your asset register to include all possible asbestos locations.
In this episode Neil and Ian highlight the importance of reviewing your entire asset register so it includes all possible locations which may contain asbestos. Your asbestos register should include all everyday use buildings but also all non-used buildings, structures and equipment.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Fines for delaying asbestos removal works!
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss a recent case where a hotel owner was fined for delaying essential asbestos removal works. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-55329069
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Why is UKAS accreditation so important for asbestos companies?
In the episode Neil and Ian are joined by fellow Acorn Director Paul Knights to discuss UKAS accreditation and its importance for asbestos companies?
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Asbestos victim sues Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Records
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss the case of Bernard Jones against Richard Branson and Virgin records. Mr. Jones claims he was exposed to asbestos whilst working at the company's London stores in the 1970s.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Presidential Pardon for asbestos violator
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss the recent pardoning of David Rowland for violations of the Clean Air Act by removing asbestos without a valid license.
3 minutes | 4 months ago
The Asbestos Epidemic Documentary
In this episode Neil and Ian are excited to announce the release of The Asbestos Epidemic. A new 4-Part documentary series for people with asbestos problems. A must-see for every person who needs to master asbestos management which prevents exposure, prevents prosecution and keeps you and your building occupants safe. Here the trailer in this episode. To watch the full series, go here https://www.acorn-as.com/watch-the-asbestos-epidemic/
61 minutes | 5 months ago
Asbestos Continued Professional Development
Join Ian and Neil in this live recording of a CPD for architects and building consultants. In this CPD they cover: Asbestos products and uses Asbestos survey types and what to expect The survey process and annual requirements Surveyor & Contractor competence and how to check Survey report expectations Regulation main points Creating Asbestos Management Plans
19 minutes | 5 months ago
Asbestos, boilers, plant and M & E
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss issues and points to consider with asbestos, boilers, plant and M & E.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Asbestos Management in Schools – New Released Guidance
In this episode Neil and Ian talk about the recently released government guidance - Asbestos management in schools. Guidance for school leaders, governors, local authorities and academy trusts about managing asbestos in schools and colleges. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/asbestos-management-in-schools
13 minutes | 5 months ago
Why is it time to get rid of your asbestos register signing in sheets?
In this episode Neil and Ian raise the point that its time to get rid of your paper signing in sheets for a more qualified asbestos register acknowledgement system.
10 minutes | 5 months ago
Asbestos and Covid – Are your premises secure?
In this episode Neil and Ian discuss the importance of ensuring your premises is Covid secure.
20 minutes | 6 months ago
What to do when high risk asbestos is discovered?
In this episode Neil and Ian highlight the issues when high risk asbestos materials are discovered and what actions you should consider immediately.
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