Asbestos Bulk Sampling,Testing & Analysis

If you suspect an asbestos containing material (ACM) within your premises, we can provide a quick and efficient sampling programme, which includes sampling and analysis of the material in a UKAS Accredited Laboratory. In all cases, we will offer practical advice on the most appropriate way to proceed.

Samples are collected and visually examined in the laboratory, followed by a more detailed examination by stereo microscope. One or more representative sub-samples are prepared mechanically and/or chemically for further examination.

All sample analyses are conducted using the methods defined in HSG248, using a combination of low-power stereo and polarised light microscopy (PLM) to provide an identification of the 6 regulated asbestos types:

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite (Grunerite)
  • Crocidolite
  • Fibrous Tremolite
  • Fibrous Anthophyllite
  • Fibrous Actinolite

Fibres observed in the course of the examination are categorised tentatively on the basis of morphology and certain physical properties. Each fibre type recognised is sampled by selecting a few fibres or bundles which are mounted in a refractive index liquid to match the most likely asbestos type. The fibres are then positively identified as one of the six regulated types on the basis of their detailed optical properties, using polarised light microscopy.

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