Asbestos in Soils

Why Would You Need Our Asbestos in Soils Services?

An increasingly encountered risk in the redevelopment of brownfield sites is the legacy left behind from previous occupants, such as historical contamination from sub-standard asbestos removal, illegally buried waste or other practices that may have contributed to high levels of asbestos being present.
Industry surveys and studies have found that asbestos is a key contaminant on 85% of brownfield land. Its presence in soil is a major issue affecting the redevelopment of sites, slowing construction and increasing the level of risk to workers.
ACE can work with you to ensure the risk from asbestos in soil is minimised by reviewing and updating risk assessments, conducting routine tests and sampling or advising on appropriate control strategies. We can provide analysis of asbestos in soil samples in our UKAS accredited (ISO/IEC 17025) soils laboratory, using the methods stated in HSG 248: ‘The analysts guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures’ and ‘The Quantification of Asbestos in Soils and Associated Materials’.
Our Bulk Analysts hold the BOHS P401 and P403 (for those carrying out free fibre determination stage) qualifications.
ACE partake in the proficiency testing schemes; AIMS, AISS and RICE.

What Services Can ACE Provide?

  • Analysis of Asbestos in – Soil, Ballasts and Sediments.
  • Moisture content Analysis
  • Analysis of Potentially Respirable Fibres
  • Qualitative Analysis – Identification of asbestos containing materials in samples.
  • Quantitative Analysis – Gravimetric analysis of samples to determine asbestos content as a percentage of weight, including determination of free fibres, using combination polarised light /phase contrast microscopy to discriminate, count and measure fibres to establish percentage of asbestos fibres by weight. Samples can be analysed to a limit of detection of 0.001%.