Asbestos and other fibres

Asbestos in bulk materials and soil: The 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 and SEM: We provide optical fibre counting to support routine workplace monitoring in facilities where exposure to MMMF 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 versus MMMF and fibre sizing.

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, steve.clark@iom-world.org

We're here to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have. Contact us
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @IOMworld: With support from the Asbestos Research Council and the Colt Foundation, IOM carried out a 20-year program of ground-breaking…
  • IOMworld Posted: 8 days ago
    RT @IOMworld: We conducted research funded by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs that measured real-life pesticide exposu…
  • IOMworld Posted: 9 days ago
    RT @JohnCherrie: Around 4500 workers in India will die from #mesothelioma caused by past exposure to asbestos in #ship recycling yards. Rea…
  • IOMworld Posted: 9 days ago
    RT @claire_horwell: New paper just out (pre-proof): “Community perceptions of protective practices to prevent ash exposures around #Sakuraj
  • IOMworld Posted: 12 days ago
    RT @UKRI_News: . @IOMworld will find ways for the public to contribute to #AirPollution research by monitoring their local area: one of 53…
  • IOMworld Posted: 15 days ago
    RT @IOMworld: Remember, the best way to keep up to date with our #IOM50 poster campaign is on our brand new Instagram account, @iomworld.…
  • IOMworld Posted: 17 days ago
    RT @ONS: Today is #NationalSickieDay when lots of people allegedly take a day off sick 🤒. In 2018, 141.4 million days were lost through sic…
  • IOMworld Posted: 17 days ago
    RT @journal_occmed: This study assessed if attendance on a occupational medicine distance learning course changed students' recognition and…
  • IOMworld Posted: 17 days ago
    RT @H_S_E: If you’re an employer, you should be aware that new evidence shows exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause cancer. Ensure…
  • IOMworld Posted: 17 days ago
    RT @BOHSworld: During #tinnitusweek and as founding members of the @uk_hearing we support its mission to prevent damage to our nation’s hea…
  • Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, please use the attached form and we will get back to you. Alternatively, call or write to us at our Head Office in Edinburgh or one of our regional offices.

Our office hours are: 

Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.15pm

Our head office numbers is +44 (0)131 449 8000

Email: info@iom-world.org