We have our own bulk analysis laboratories at three of our locations to test samples generated during our own surveys as well as those handed in by our clients.
In addition to the standard service, we also offer a premium 4 hours and 24 hour turnaround and, subject to availability, a ‘while you wait’ facility. It is not advisable for anyone to sample suspect asbestos material unless trained and equipped to do so. Franks Portlock can safely and discreetly carry out any sampling for you. Franks Portlock’s methodology is fully compliant with the asbestos Health and Safety Guidelines (HSG) 248 and is accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 by UKAS.
We use a combination of low power stereo and polarised light microscopy (PLM) to provide identification of the six regulated asbestos types:
Franks Portlock also conducts water absorption testing of samples in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. This allows us to ascertain the density of a material and whether or not it is a cement based product. For this test, due to the time spent preparing samples, we would request a minimum of 48 hours.