To prove whether or not a material contains asbestos, it has to be analysed by laboratory accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Asbestos testing using Polarised Light Microscopy (PLM) is the most common method used. All laboratories used by PASS (UK) Ltd. for asbestos testing are UKAS Accredited



All non-domestic buildings must have an asbestos assessment or survey and a management plan if asbestos is identified. Asbestos can be found almost anywhere and sometimes in the most unlikely places: from a stately home to a factory or from your own home to a hospital.



All three types of asbestos have been used within many different materials. Most of these material have been used within buildings and are usually not easily identified without analysis. This link identifies some of those materials and areas they can be found.

There are three main types of Asbestos



These are commonly called Blue Asbestos (Crocidolite), Brown Asbestos (Amosite) and White Asbestos (Chrysotile). All of them are carcinogenic.

Blue and brown asbestos, however, are considered more hazardous than white. Samples must be analysed to identify which type of asbestos is present and the PASS (UK) Ltd. Asbestos Sample Kit
is a simple way to do this.

The discovery of an Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) in a property has the potential to reduce its value, hold up building/refurbishment/alteration works and make them more costly or worse still make an area un-occupiable. But disturbing or damaging asbestos containing materials can have even worse consequences!

When purchasing a domestic property ask your building surveyor to find out if any known asbestos containing materials exist or alert you to any materials suspected to contain asbestos and have them checked out.

Asbestos was used in many commercial, industrial and some domestic buildings from around the 1930’s.
The importation and use of ACM’s containing Crocidolite (Blue) Asbestos and Amosite (Brown) Asbestos was banned 1985 & 1987 respectively. A lot of acm’s were used after 1974 to upgrade buildings to comply with the 1974 fire regulations. Chrysotile (White) Asbestos was not banned until 1999 so buildings constructed up to this point have the potential to contain ACMs (although due to regulations in place very few ACMs containing Chrysotile were used from the early 1990’s).