The word asbestos comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “unquenchable” or “inextinguishable”, Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring mined silicate minerals. These are in alphabetical order actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite. Although Amosite (Brown asbestos), Chrysotile (White asbestos) and Crocidolite (Blue asbestos) are the only three that are usually referred to. Actinolite, Anthophyllite & Tremolite are usually found in much smaller quantities and often as contaminants of blue, brown & white asbestos and therefore not commercially viable.
The only sure way to prove whether or not a material contains asbestos is to have it laboratory tested by an accredited laboratory. In line with HSE’s legislation, laboratories used by PASS (UK) Ltd are accredited the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) Testing 1643 Accredited to ISO/IEC17025:2005
Although we supply a face mask, it should only be used for peace of mind, we don’t expect you to be exposed to airborne asbestos fibres when following the guidance and advice sheet and the mask should be used purely as a precaution
Suits, like the face mask, should only be used as a precaution against possible excessive fibre exposure and not to offset it. If there is a need for a suit, i.e. the risk of releasing excessive number of fibres is high when taking a sample, you could be creating the need to employ an HSE licensed removal company to environmentally clean the sample site and the surrounding area. We do not expect you to place yourself in this predicament and for this reason we do not supply suits with our sample kit as standard. There are also implications surrounding the disposal of a contaminated suit!
If the ACM is in a good, sealed condition and is unlikely to be disturbed with no need for its removal, it may be left in situ and periodically inspected to ensure the risk to it has not increased. Where removal is required see below
Work on an HSE *licensed material, should be carried out by an HSE licensed removal company. For work on or removals of *non-licensed materials (NLM) http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/licensing/non-licensed-work.htm or notifiable none licensed materials (NNLM) http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/licensing/notifiable-non-licensed-work.htm follow the guidance set out by the HSE’s Asbestos Essentials http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/essentials/index.htm
Factory manufactured materials, such as boards, sheets (flat & corrugated), Thermoplastics (e.g. floor tiles), textiles (ropes, cloths & yarns), bitumen products (e.g. roofing felt) etc. where any asbestos content will be uniformly distributed, one sample should made up of small pieces from two to three different areas, sheets, tiles etc. A sample of textured coating should be made up from several small samples taken from several different areas either from the same wall or ceiling or the same pattern types. Dust/debris and other loose samples should be made up from several small samples.
Materials such as boards, sheets, floor tiles, bitumen felts & bitumen products, ropes & yarns a piece about 2.5cm x 2.5cm is perfect. Materials such as textured coatings, dust & debris etc. about a teaspoon full
No, You may use your kit to take samples from multiple sites/buildings but usually only one report will be issued and you only receive one postage paid business reply envelope. You will be responsible for any additional postage required. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
If you are located within a 10 miles radius of either Peterborough or Bottesford then we can visit your location to sample a material for you. There is a site visit charge of £50.00 + our website sample analysis charge.