Asbestos Sample Testing

We have four internal bulk analysis laboratories throughout the UK to test samples generated during our own surveys as well as those handed in by our clients.

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Asbestos Lab Analysis

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:

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite (Grunerite)
  • Crocidolite
  • Fibrous Tremolite
  • Fibrous Anthophyllite
  • Fibrous Actinolite

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.

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    Please Get In Touch

    If you’re interested in any of our services, please feel free to contact us. You can get in touch by either calling us at one of our offices listed below, or by filling out our enquiry form.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may take a little longer to get back to you than usual, please contact us and we’ll deal with your enquiry as soon as possible.

    Head Office/NE England Office:

    T: 0191 4193116 Accredited Office

    Scotland Office:

    T: 01383 427321 Accredited Office

    NW England (Sellafield) Office:

    T: 01946 721 760 Accredited Office

    London Office:

    T: 0208 0453804






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