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.

In the current circumstances we have voluntary suspended our UKAS accreditation for Asbestos in Soils, we continue to offer analysis of asbestos in soil samples through our supply chain in 3rd party UKAS accredited (ISO/IEC 17025) soils laboratories, 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’.

ACE partake in the proficiency testing schemes; AIMS and RICE.

What Services Can ACE Provide?

(Analysis undertaken in 3rd party UKAS accredited asbestos in soils laboratories)

  • 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%.