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Asbestos Testing and Surveying

Why choose Somerset Scientific Services?

Our highly trained specialist team give our clients full confidence in the quality of our services. Testing is carried out at our purpose built laboratory, and is sometimes outsourced to third parties. You’ll receive clear and comprehensive reporting, available online through your individual TEAMS account, and we are committed to offering honest and impartial advice as a public service.

We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No 0369 and inspection body No 0338 providing our service across Somerset and the South West. If you need asbestos surveying, air monitoring, bulk sample analysis, workplace awareness training or removal management, we can tailor a package to meet your needs. Contact the team for a competitive quote.

We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No 0369 and inspection body No 0338

Exposure to microscopic asbestos fibres can lead to serious lung disease

About Asbestos

The most common types of asbestos are Chrysotile (white), Amosite (brown) and Crocidolite (blue). Due to their durability and heat resistance they were widely used in manufacturing and construction and can be present in any building built or refurbished before 2000, when their use was finally banned in the UK. Exposure to the microscopic fibres can lead to various serious lung diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. In fact, over 5000 deaths each year are directly attributable to asbestos exposure. Their presence in a product or material cannot be detected visually, so must be tested in a laboratory. For more information on where asbestos might occur in a building, visit the HSE website.

Our services

We offer a fast and efficient analysis service to identify the presence of asbestos in samples of building material. These samples can be taken by our team or by our clients and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

If you are planning to take your own sample of suspect material, please follow these safety guidelines.

  • Request a sample submission from our office
  • Dampen the area before disturbing it with a wet cloth
  • We advise using an FFP3 disposable dust respirator
  • Break off a sample the size of a 2p coin. If sampling Artex, scrape a sample from several areas directly into the sample bag
  • Seal the sample site with paint, sealant or strong tape
  • Damp down any dust and wipe up. Do not use power tools or domestic vacuum cleaners
  • Double bag the sample in 2 clear plastic bags, sealing one inside the other
  • Clearly label with the sample location (eg kitchen ceiling) and property address
  • Seal in a sturdy envelope or jiffy bag
  • Post or deliver to our offices with a completed sample submission form

Always seek professional advice before beginning any project in a property built before 2000.