Asbestos Sample Analysis

Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Materials

Environmental & Site Safety Solutions Limited (ESSS) has selected UKAS accredited laboratories to undertake asbestos bulk sample analysis that meet the requirements of the HSE’s publication HSG 248 and the quality objectives of the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025.

Normal turnaround for analysis of bulk materials from the time samples are received at the office is 24 to 48 hours.

Sampling materials suspected of containing asbestos can give rise to exposure to asbestos. Regulation 6 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires that a risk assessment be undertaken and Regulation 7 requires a Plan of Work be produced prior to any work with asbestos. The Regulations also set out the control measures and personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used and require that personnel undertaking sampling should be given adequate information and training enabling them to work in a safe manner and to consider the safety of others. Additionally, site-specific risk assessments will need to be carried out and any site safety protocols observed.

ESSS strongly recommends that only trained technicians or surveyors take samples of suspected asbestos-containing material for bulk analysis. However, should clients need to submit their own samples to us please follow the procedure given below:

  • ”Zip-loc” type sandwich bags are recommended
  • Ensure that the sample is "double-bagged"
  • Carefully evacuate as much air as possible, and seal
  • Label and/or number each sample
  • Check to ensure that the number on each sample bag corresponds to the log sheet
  • Record the type of material, such as "ceiling tile" etc, and the location, such as "dining room ceiling" etc, on both bags
  • The more information you record about the sample, the better
  • Please note that samples must not be sent using the standard Royal Mail delivery service
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