Asbestos Testing

The only 100% way to prove whether or not a material contains or does not contain asbestos is to use a UKAS accredited asbestos testing service. Without expert testing and without confirmation that the material is clear of contamination the law states that you must assume that it does contain asbestos.

Asguard Asbestos Services Ltd utilise the professionalism and expertise of an independent state of the art UKAS accredited laboratory for the testing of materials found during the surveying process.

How Asbestos Testing Works

Asguard work hard to ensure the testing process is speedy and efficient. A representative sample of the material, suspected to be asbestos containing, is collected during the survey and submitted immediately to the laboratory for testing. In the analytical laboratory, this suspect material is analysed by a detailed examination by stereo microscope. One or more representative sub samples are prepared mechanically and or chemically for further examination. 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 and these 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.

Asbestos Testing Results

Once the laboratory results are back we confirm or otherwise the make-up of the material and depending on the outcome we will speak to you about the options you have and will recommend the best option for you. Remember, unlike many of our competitors, we are not tied to an asbestos removal company, neither do we remove asbestos ourselves, and therefore our advice really is impartial. This is all done within the guidance of HSG264.

Asbestos Sampling

If you suspect any asbestos containing materials in your premises, we can provide a quick and efficient sampling programme which includes sampling and analysis of the material. All our samples are analysed by a UKAS Accredited Laboratory.