Identification and Bulk Sampling

Whilst many products look like they might contain asbestos, the only certain way to find out is to have the suspect material safely sampled by trained staff and then tested in a specialist asbestos identification laboratory.

We offer a sampling service along with identification provided by partner laboratories who are UKAS accredited to ISO 17025 (the international standard for testing) and HSG 248, Asbestos: The analysts' guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures. Our staff are fully trained to take samples of suspect material safely and then securely transport them to the partner laboratory for analysis. 

The testing involves the double-bagged sample being safely opened within an air extraction cabinet. Suspect fibres within the sample are teased out and examined under a low power microscope.  Further tests are then carried out on the fibres using optical and chemical techniques including pleochroism (where materials have a differing refractive index across different planes) and dispersion staining.

The tests are definitive for asbestos within the sample so the outcomes are that either no asbestos is detected in the sample or else asbestos is present. The type of asbestos – white, blue or brown – will be determined as part of the test.

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