Asbestos and Other Fibres

Asbestos in bulk materials and soil can pose a risk to individuals and the environment. It is important to have suspected bulk materials and soil sampled and analysed to determine the presence of asbestos. IOM has one of the UK’s largest teams of experienced asbestos analysts.

We developed and pioneered methods of quantitative analysis for asbestos in soils and other bulk materials such as vermiculite. We provide advice on sampling strategy and interpretation of the results and also undertake site investigations and risk assessments.

Fibre Counting & SEM

We provide optical fibre counting to support routine workplace monitoring in facilities where exposure to MMMF (man-made mineral fibres) is possible and for asbestos in air. 

Our scanning electron microscope (SEM) enables us to quantify asbestos in air, water or wipe samples. This is particularly important where many fibres are present but few are likely to be asbestos such as in schools where most fibres originate from clothing.

The SEM is invaluable for samples of ambient or indoor air where the anticipated fibre levels are low. It also enables us to undertake discriminatory fibre counts such as RCF (refractory ceramic fibres) versus MMMF and fibre sizing.

How our experts can help?

  • Advise on sampling strategy and interpretation of results
  • Perform risk assessments and investigations
  • Support routine workplace monitoring in MMMF and asbestos risk facilities
  • Quantify asbestos in air, water or wipe samples
IOM is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No 0374 covering the analysis of asbestos in bulk materials, soils and aggregates and for the quantification of asbestos in soils and aggregates. We also have accreditation for optical fibre counting and analysis of filters and wipes for asbestos by SEM.

Contact: Steve Clark 0131 449 8000 

For more information, complete the Quick Quote form below:

We're here to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have. Contact us
  • IOMworld Posted: 9 days ago
    Dedicated to making the world a healthier place for us all, IOM has recently collaborated on a pan-European human b… https://t.co/hxVffmOEXA
  • IOMworld Posted: 11 days ago
    IOM is delighted to have collaborated in the latest #Cities4Children evidence to action brief entitled 'Urban Air P… https://t.co/YjgWDqFTv1
  • IOMworld Posted: 16 days ago
    Protect your workers hearing from excessive noise in the workplace. HSE states that 17,000 people in the UK suffer… https://t.co/xE1rkLrW45
  • IOMworld Posted: 19 days ago
    RT @lohmir: Millions of children suffer from #AirPollution in low and middle income countries. Read more about actions that could be taken…
  • IOMworld Posted: 19 days ago
    Protect your workforce against risks from hazardous workplace dust. Thousands of workers are made ill by occupation… https://t.co/8JsMrjt2M7
  • IOMworld Posted: one month ago
    IOM is delighted to announce that @HSE has awarded us to carry out a study on understanding the behavioural factors… https://t.co/qvnsOv7tjv
  • IOMworld Posted: one month ago
    We are looking to appoint Governors (Trustees) who can bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will support… https://t.co/eyAq1s7bag
  • IOMworld Posted: one month ago
    Changes are coming for the IOM website and we would value your feedback. Help us by completing our survey:… https://t.co/gETHLSyyCj
  • IOMworld Posted: one month ago
    Make sure you are staff are complying to COSHH regulations about Respirator Protection Equipment (RPE). Sign up to… https://t.co/gvKHz9Gkyk
  • IOMworld Posted: one month ago
    We are looking for a Lead Authorising Engineer to join our team at IOM. You will deliver technical expertise, drive… https://t.co/dEN8lFsMmZ