Asbestos Alert Field Trials in Holland with Mini Containment
Alert Technology Ltd are pleased to announce field trials of the ‘Asbestos ALERT’, their life-saving new real-time airborne asbestos warning device, will be starting outside of the UK for the first time with Mini Containment Nederland BV.
The ‘Asbestos ALERT’ is the first device of its kind and the only known fibre monitoring technology currently capable of distinguishing between airborne asbestos fibres and non-asbestos fibres in real time using laser light scattering technology in conjunction with the unique paramagnetic properties of asbestos fibres.
Developed as life-saving early warning device for people likely to disturb asbestos containing materials at work, ‘Asbestos ALERT’ offers a vital first line of defence to help reduce the risk of prolonged exposure to airborne asbestos. As the world’s biggest occupational killer, asbestos is responsible for 1 in 3 occupational cancers and claims the lives of over 100,000 people globally every year, according to the World Health Organization.
After meeting initially in 2016 at the UK’s first Contamination Expo held at London ExCel, Alert Technology and Mini Containment share a passion for innovation and a desire to improve personal safety for those working with asbestos and reduce the risk of exposure to airborne fibres.
Managing Director of Mini Containment Mr Dennis Keirkels conveyed his interest in being involved with the first field trials of ALERT in the Netherlands with a view to future potential distribution opportunities of ALERT in the asbestos sector. Dennis says of the ALERT, “We have long been looking for new techniques to combine with our own innovations. By using the technology of the Alert Monitor we are able to continuously monitor the safety of our system. We are pleased that we can actively participate in the further development of this promising technique as a test partner of Alert!
Whilst not an asbestos removal company themselves, Mini Containment have designed, developed and patented a new method of containment for the removal of small asbestos objects from difficult spaces. Mini Containment will commence trials of the ALERT units initially within their own lab environments with a view to including willing companies from their network of Mini Containment licencees in future trials.
Alert Technology’s Marketing Director, Loretta King explains, “We’re very enthused about working with Dennis and Mini Containment. They have a strong reputation as innovation leaders having already succeeded in introducing a patented, new safety technique in the Dutch asbestos removal industry. Their experience and industry connetions make them ideally placed to assist with trials of the ‘Asbestos ALERT’ alongside their own patented system of asbestos enclosure units and eventually to help us to introduce ALERT into their market.”
Alan Archer, MD of Alert Technology explains, “The UK and Netherland’s asbestos industries share many similarities inregulations and applications as a result Mini Containment can offer Alert as the benefit of their own experience when introducing a new product to a highly regulated and traditional market place. We see great potential in the Netherlands and importantly the cultural fit between our two companies is strong. Like Alert, Dennis and his colleagues are 100% committed to personal safety, working to the highest standards and also at pushing against the status quo where new technology has the potential to improve safety and increase efficiencies.”
More about Alert Technology Ltd
The ‘Asbestos ALERT’ was initially developed with early funding in the form of an EU FP7 Proof of Principle project, by a consortium of EU experts instigated by The Select Group of Companies including:- University of Valencia and relevant industry trade associations: ACAD, BHETA, CHIPE & the EDA based on technology patented by the University of Hertfordshire.
Alert Technology Ltd, a spin out from The Select Group of Companies Ltd, officially began trading on 1st January 2017. Following the successful raise of £1m in private equity investment Alert Technology is now accelerating towards commercialization. Investment has allowed ATL to expand their team, produce sample units for commercial field trials with future customers ahead of commercial production and further enhance and improve ALERT’s technology.
Alert have since gone to successfully secure one of Innovate UK’s first innovation loans which will enable the company to incorporate the feedback from the field trials into a final production ready ALERT unit ready for launch.
Innovate UK’s Innovation loans are designed to offer affordable, patient, flexible funding for later-stage R&D projects that demonstrate a clear route to commercial success. Innovate UK are only offering loans to growth-oriented SMEs (through competitions) to ensure the recipient companies such as Alert Technology, are completely focused on innovation and growth. (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk)