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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.

For more information about our lab analysis, please contact us.

Full range of services

Water hygiene services

A leading environmental management consultancy, Franks Portlock provides a range of water hygiene services.

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Clearance Certification

We provide asbestos clearance certification in the form of four stage clearance as outlined by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and HSG248.

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Air Testing

We conduct air testing in scenarios where this is deemed necessary and have a great depth of experience in this process.

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We provide assistance for all areas of asbestos management and will support you through the whole process.

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Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos surveys are an important tool in managing the risk from asbestos being the first and most important part of the process.

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Lab Analysis

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

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Training Service

We offer asbestos awareness training and Legionella awareness training.

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