Asbestos sample analysis should be carried out before starting work, either of a particular area due for disturbance or as part of a broader refurbishment/demolition survey.
There are 3 common types of asbestos, although other types still exist and they can be found in many different forms. There are considered to be at least 3000 products containing from 0.1% up to 100% asbestos and it is not possible to accurately determine its presence or type without laboratory analysis.
The sample result, together with the condition and location of the product will then form the basis of a risk assessment and determine which asbestos category applies for removal work.
Asbestos sample analysis need not be expensive. Small areas due for minor work or disturbance may only need a visual appraisal and some professional advice or guidance. Suspect materials can be analysed, where appropriate, for clarification.
More involved projects require a thorough approach and inspection.
Asbestos sample collection and analysis need not be expensive and can be carried out promptly.
Analysis results can, however, have a considerable impact on project timescales and costings, depending on the asbestos type, condition and level of disturbance planned.
We recommend raising any asbestos concerns with your clients at the earliest opportunity to minimise disruption to scheduled works.
Asbestos sample collection and analysis is carried out during the course of Asbestos Management Surveys and Refurbishment/Demolition Surveys to establish whether asbestos is contained within suspected products and materials, however, it may be appropriate to have samples tested at any time a suspect material is found.
Asbestos analysis results have the potential to impact on project timescales, so we recommend early detection to allow any asbestos findings to be taken into consideration with project planning.