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The term ‘asbestos’ is used to describe a group of minerals that have crystallised to form long thin fibres and fibrous bundles. There are three commonly found types of asbestos:

  • Blue asbestos (crocidolite)
  • Brown asbestos (amosite)
  • White asbestos (chrysotile)

Due to its ability to resist high temperatures, conserve thermal energy and protect against corrosion, asbestos was once used extensively in buildings and construction work. Nowadays, however, it is widely accepted that asbestos is a hazardous material. If asbestos fibres become airborne and are inhaled, they have the potential to do serious damage.

We provide for the identification to UKAS accreditation of the three most common types of asbestos fibre that listed above. We can also analyse for three less widely used forms: Anthophyllite, Tremolite, Actinolite.

All samples sent to the NLS that you suspect contain asbestos should be contained within at least 2 layers of fully sealed plastic, one of which can be the sample pot, as long as there is a full seal. All samples should be submitted with the Pre-Analysis Safety Hazard form, outlining any known or suspected hazards associated with the sample and signed by a member of your company staff.

To discuss your specific requirements for asbestos analysis, please contact our Customer Service team.